If you don't feel like reading my whole post I will sum it up here: I am currently a 3.0 / 3.5 (hard to say until I actually play a league but on my worst day I am no worse than a 3.0) and I am capable of serving with a lot of pace and or spin. My problem has been consistency. Since that is my problem I am thinking that I might be better off focusing on 1 kind of serve and perfecting it rather than playing with different types. I started off hitting flat 100% of the time with a bad toss and very low consistency. I could drop 4 aces in a row or 4 faults followed by a ping pong second serve. I worked on my toss and how I held the ball. I went from holding it in the palm of my hand to fingertips only (better) to thumb, middle finger only gripping it with the pointer finger in between there stabilizing (with the ball just resting on it). I also decided to take a little more time prepping before each serve and taking a deep breath in and holding it before I tossed (releasing it just before or at the point of contact). I find that helps with nerves quite a bit. Then I started playing with topspin. At the time, my racquet had a lot of lead at 3 and 9 and I think that gave me a ton of extra kick (could be partially psychalogical, but it did help a bit). For a while I was serving with pretty good consistency and not ping ponging on my 2nd serve. I was hitting a lighter topspin serve with a pretty good success rate and a more topspin on my first serve. On the first serve I was kind of letting the toss dictate what serve I hit. If it was not over my head enough I hit more flat, if it was I tried to hit more topspin. Either way I was getting more consistency. Then the rain came. I got rained out for several weeks and I did not play much. This wasn't totally bad because it allowed my bad wrist to get a little better and let my shoulder (which I still have problems with) get a little rest. When I finally got back to playing my consistency was gone and my shoulder got aggrivated again so I could not practice my serve (which I have not done enough of anyway). Anyway, my shoulder is a bit better now to the point where I think I can practice again so my question is, which serve should I focus on. I can and have gotten aces against much better players (and instructors) but that has always come from placement rather than pure power. Which serve would give me the most success? I think I need to focus on one and learn to place it and get more control before I start bothering with variety. Without placement even a hard hit serve can be hit back and neutralized.