the height of serve toss

Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by njboy, Aug 19, 2007.

?

how high is your serve toss

  1. <0.5 time of your body height

    4 vote(s)
    10.0%
  2. about 0.5 time of your body height

    11 vote(s)
    27.5%
  3. <1 time of your body height

    15 vote(s)
    37.5%
  4. about 1 time of your body height

    10 vote(s)
    25.0%
  5. >1 time of your body height

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  1. njboy

    njboy Rookie

    Joined:
    Apr 4, 2006
    Messages:
    293
    How high is your serve toss? I thought mine is too low now.
     
    #1
  2. ChocolatePie

    ChocolatePie Semi-Pro

    Joined:
    Jul 8, 2007
    Messages:
    432
    Mine's like 0.75 of my height.
     
    #2
  3. TennsDog

    TennsDog Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Feb 26, 2004
    Messages:
    2,277
    I'm glad no one said less than half their own body height. Making contact at full extension forces you to at least toss it half of your body height, and that is with no drop at all. I voted less than my body height, but upon inspecting videos from my serve last year, my toss is almost exactly twice my body height above the ground, maybe a little less.
     
    #3
  4. wihamilton

    wihamilton Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Jul 18, 2007
    Messages:
    1,535
    Location:
    Washington, DC
    Tossing about 1 foot above your contact point tends to work pretty well. The toss height will be dictated in part by how long it takes for you to prepare.
     
    #4
  5. TennsDog

    TennsDog Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Feb 26, 2004
    Messages:
    2,277
    I agree with the second part of your post. Toss height is varies widely among tennis players. Roddick's toss is hardly above contact point at all, while Henman and others have what seem like unnecessarily high ball tosses. My rhythm dictates that the ball drops a bit over 2 feet from the peak. Higher tosses often tend to lead to inconsistent contact, but it all comes down to timing. If you can time it and have a comfortable motion, no reason not to toss high.
     
    #5
  6. njboy

    njboy Rookie

    Joined:
    Apr 4, 2006
    Messages:
    293
    i feel mine is little low.

    i feel mine is little low. abotu 0.5 of my boday height. so i don't have time to drop the racquect more.
     
    #6
  7. Santoro071

    Santoro071 New User

    Joined:
    Apr 3, 2007
    Messages:
    68
    Location:
    New Jersey
    Its about 1x my body height. It looks a lot higher with the knee bend before the swing.
     
    #7
  8. jck01

    jck01 Semi-Pro

    Joined:
    Mar 12, 2004
    Messages:
    488
    My service toss is pretty high because if I don't toss it high enough, I tend to try to hit it too early.
     
    #8
  9. wihamilton

    wihamilton Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Jul 18, 2007
    Messages:
    1,535
    Location:
    Washington, DC
    Roddick's toss is lower than Henman's b/c Roddick's motion is super-abbreviated. Henman's windup takes much longer... when he tosses the ball his hitting hand is barely above his waist and the racket is around his knees, so he needs more time to get through his service motion = he needs a higher toss.

    As I said before, in general, e.g. w/a classic service motion, a toss ~ 1 foot above your contact point works pretty well. Obviously you want to +/- some height based on your individual motion.
     
    #9
  10. LuckyR

    LuckyR Legend

    Joined:
    Jun 2, 2006
    Messages:
    6,404
    Location:
    The Great NW
    I toss about 18 inches above the contact point. Keep in mind that the higher the toss (assuming that it doesn't mess up your rhythm) the higher percentage of serves you will get in.
     
    #10
  11. WildVolley

    WildVolley Legend

    Joined:
    Jun 22, 2007
    Messages:
    5,699
    Are these toss heights above your head?
     
    #11
  12. LuckyR

    LuckyR Legend

    Joined:
    Jun 2, 2006
    Messages:
    6,404
    Location:
    The Great NW
    The answers in the poll are an odd way of describing toss height (unless you are observing the server from afar).
     
    #12
  13. herosol

    herosol Professional

    Joined:
    May 29, 2007
    Messages:
    1,184
    Height is Based on Preference

    Contact point is based on your height

    Throw it right to the contact point
    throw it above or let it drop

    really its your call
    there isn't ONE exact height to throw it
     
    #13
  14. TennsDog

    TennsDog Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Feb 26, 2004
    Messages:
    2,277
    I disagree here on a higher toss giving more consistency. In my opinion, generally speaking, a lower toss will give you better consistency because it leaves less room for error (between the actual toss location, wind conditions, it's moving faster so harder to time, etc.). I would say that one should toss the ball as low as possible that will still give good consistency. Don't throw it so high you have to wait, but not so low you have to rush your motion either. The key is to make contact at full extention.
     
    #14
  15. bizzle

    bizzle New User

    Joined:
    Jul 14, 2007
    Messages:
    73
    23 feet usually
     
    #15

Share This Page