When tossing the ball "correctly" the serve hits the net

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  1. Pioneer

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    I used to toss the ball too much above me on the serve instead of "in a way that it will fall about a meter inside the court if allowed to fall". Now when I toss the ball further in front of me I sort of struggle to reach it and the ball always hits the top of the net... I'm desperate
     
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  2. Larrysümmers

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    a meter sounds a little far to me. when i toss it should hit the racket face if there were a racket in front of me. so about 27 inches-ish in front of me. not quite a meter, but close, i think that a meter would be too far out in front of me.
     
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  3. jester911

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    Where did you get it that the ball should fall a meter inside the court?

    It should be about a third of that or about 1 foot.
     
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  4. Pioneer

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    Lol that's what the idiot coaches in my academy teach me
     
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  5. Larrysümmers

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    when i do a kick serve i toss it about a foot out, and on first serves about 2 feet out.
     
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  6. Squidward

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    How much is too much above you?? Maybe a foot above full extention and so that it would land a foot to a foot and a half in the court should you let it fall.
     
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  7. jester911

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    Of course the exact distance is going to be what works for each player. Depending on your height and reach the distance may be a little more or less but a good starting point is about one foot.

    It would be hard to imagine many players being able to serve effectively with a toss 3 feet in front.
     
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  8. Kevo

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    It's not that hard to hit a serve with the ball 3 feet in front of the baseline. That's probably too far for someone just learning to serve though. I normally show people where to toss to by having them position the racquet overhead as if they had just made contact with the ball. Most of the time its only 12-18 inches above the tossing hand, and about 8-12 inches in front of the tossing hand. That's for a first serve.
     
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  9. ProgressoR

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    yep, to be able to hit it effectively when its a metre inside the baseline, you need some serious launching at the ball, which would be quite advanced in order to keep your technique sound whilst launching. Unless you are that advanced, 1-2 feet should be enough for most players
     
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  10. TennisAddict121

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    It means you are hitting the ball too late. You need to swing earlier than you normally would, so try working on your timing. Its going to feel mad awkward at first though but keep with it
     
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  11. shindemac

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    Too much of something is not good. Toss it 2 feet into the court for 1st serves.
     
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  12. fuzz nation

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    Stop the madness!!!

    Your toss needs to fit your particular motion. If you're putting the ball in the net, locate your toss just a little farther back. If you're sailing your serves deep, get that toss a hair farther out in front of you. Lather, rinse, repeat...

    The location of that toss is essential for a decent serve. Make sure you have a move that puts that toss reliably where you need it - that's one of the few things we can actually practice away from the courts.

    It's also really important to mind the timing of your toss so that your serve stays smooth and loose. If you find that you're rushing the racquet up to the ball, try to delay your toss until you get more of your wind-up completed or as we sometimes call it, more loaded up. With a well located toss and a smooth swing through contact, you ought to be able to build a very sound serve.
     
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  13. eliza

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    Weird, I am taught the ball has to fall on top of my head!!!!
    Litterally.
     
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  14. shindemac

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    That's for second serves, at least that's the way it's taught. Once you learn how to add spin, you can flatten it out.
     
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  15. eliza

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    Lovely, I want topspin everywhere....:)
     
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  16. LeeD

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    Coming to net, first flats should land almost 2' inside the court.
    Topspin seconds closer to 18", coming to net.
    Kick/Twists, coming to net, maybe a foot inside the baseline.
    Now if I predecide to stay back, cut off (" from each serve toss location).
     
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