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wyutani
09-06-2006, 07:53 PM
actually, i only specialise in the flat serve...you know, sort of power and speed only but how exactly do you perform the slice, topspin and kick serve? thanks a bunch mate'...:mrgreen:

VGP
09-06-2006, 08:14 PM
I suggest talking to your local teaching professional.....

USCfan
09-06-2006, 09:11 PM
slice u wanna toss slightly more to your right (if ur righty), adjust grip a bit toward eastern bh, and carve the outer edge of the ball (while maintainig a full proper swing-pronation, etc.)

learn one at a time. try this for a week or so, then do a search for the other ones...and I also suggest you consult a teaching pro for best results.

USCfan
09-06-2006, 09:13 PM
I just noticed ur a lefty, check out tennis.com- they have a nice little how-to video sequence for slice serves, featuring a lefty kid- that should help.

Andres
09-06-2006, 09:25 PM
actually, i only specialise in the flat serve...you know, sort of power and speed only but how exactly do you perform the slice, topspin and kick serve? thanks a bunch mate'...:mrgreen:
Yut, the main thing is the angle of the racquet head at the contact point. Try changing a bit the angle for different spins. You'll see that with a slightly less pronation, the angle will be one, or another, and you're going to hit the ball in different ways.

I'll post some pics of the trajectory of the racquet and arm to illustrate my point later.

Ghost
09-07-2006, 10:28 AM
how exactly do you perform the slice, topspin and kick serve? thanks a bunch mate'...:mrgreen:

http://tennis.about.com/od/instruction/a/photolessons.htm

jackson vile
09-07-2006, 02:43 PM
Look at the stickies

noobplayer
09-07-2006, 08:26 PM
i dont like jeff cooper...all his serves look exactly the same tom me

goober
09-07-2006, 08:28 PM
i dont like jeff cooper...all his serves look exactly the same tom me

I guess that is why your nick is what it is :D

ubel
09-07-2006, 09:53 PM
swing paths..
flat = little to no spin: hitting straight through the ball with the racquet

slice = sidespin: racquet hitting the ball while moving horizontally across the ball at contact

topspin = topspin: racquet contacting the ball while moving upward

backspin = backspin: racquet hitting the ball while moving downward, mostly seen by many new players attempting to hit flat serves using an eastern forehand grip but having their wrist lay back on contact causing the downward motion of the racquet as it hits the ball

pretty much everything else is just a variation of the these combined, excluding underhanded serves which is basically just a slice. e.x.: kick/twist serve being topspin + slice ;; also, the height at which you make contact with the ball while hitting a topspin serve affects how high it kicks up as it is the limitting factor in how high the ball can bounce (just like dropping a ball from your waist usually means it wont bounce much higher than knee-thigh height).

as for how to execute these serves, check the sticky at the top of the thread's list.. pretty good links in there. if i'm missing something, do comment :p

thursdayisgod
09-08-2006, 09:47 AM
Grip is a pretty important factor I find. I'm a righty my flat is Continental or SW, Kick Continental or SE, Slice SE or E. I imagine all the Es turn to Ws for you being a lefty? Maybe not.

wyutani
09-08-2006, 10:54 PM
Grip is a pretty important factor I find. I'm a righty my flat is Continental or SW, Kick Continental or SE, Slice SE or E. I imagine all the Es turn to Ws for you being a lefty? Maybe not.

good question...seriously, a tennis guide for lefties should be written....

Zets147
09-08-2006, 10:59 PM
I don't like that kid with the wicked slice.. I wouldn't want to play him lol (the one from Tennis.com vids)

siber222000
09-08-2006, 11:12 PM
good question...seriously, a tennis guide for lefties should be written....
its exact opposite for right handed player... o_o