Kick serve height?

Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by Syfo-Dias, Jul 17, 2009.

  1. Syfo-Dias

    Syfo-Dias Semi-Pro

    May 29, 2005
    How high does a kick serve have to jump in order to be a true kick serve? I can get mine to kick up about 5 feet at it's apex on a good one. Would that be high enough to be considered a kicker or would it just be a topspin serve? I've just been wondering this for a while.
  2. Sublime

    Sublime Semi-Pro

    Jun 25, 2008
    I'd say an effective kick serve should be at least face high at the baseline.

    This gives your opponent 3 options:
    1) Try to take it on the rise inside the baseline
    2) Take it out of their comfort zone at the baseline
    3) Take it in their strike zone well behind the baseline

    All should result in a neutral (or advantage to you) start to the point.
  3. charliefedererer

    charliefedererer Legend

    Feb 13, 2009
    Keep working on it. 5 feet sounds low, but do you have a fast first serve and the flexibility and leg/core/arm strength to hit a good kicker?
    Although sometimes the terms are used interchangably, in general a kicker is when you strike the ball in a 7 to 2 o'clock direction, while a topspin serve is when you impart a 6 to 12 o'clock spin on the ball.

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