Learn the slice serve.
It is worth having two different serves in your armoury as this will keep your opponent off balance and win you a few easy points.
Most players have what is generally termed a flat serve, although there is no such thing as a completely flat serve; generally the ball
needs to be hit up and the momentum will bring the ball down once it has passed over the net.
The two alternative serves are the ‘Topspin Serve’ and the ‘Slice Serve’.
I do not teach the topspin serve until my students have mastered both
the flat and the slice serve. In fact I now teach beginners the slice
serve first as I have found this actually helps them when moving in to the flat serve, as it helps to eliminate the frying pan serve.
Hold your racuet with a continental (chopper) grip. Throw the ball up
a little further to the right (2 o’clock on the clock face) (or to your
left if you’re a left-hander) then hit the outside edge with a glancing blow that causes the ball to spin forward and clockwise. It is similar
to hitting the ball from 9 o’clock round to 3 o’clock, but imagining the clock face is semi-diagonal to you. Practice pulling your opponent
out wide in the deuce court (ad court for left-handed servers) to open up the court for the next ball.
As a practice and to get better at hitting sharp angles, start near the service line and gradually move back to the baseline.
As your partner is practicing the slice serve, you can work on your returning the wide serve.Go back to Articles