View Single Post
Old 02-14-2013, 07:01 PM   #52
Raul_SJ's Avatar
Join Date: May 2011
Location: San Jose, California
Posts: 1,162

Originally Posted by Laurie View Post
This is excellent instruction, I should put this thread in the Instruction section if there is one:
It looks like Sampras was disguising not just the serve placement but the spin as well. Returners didn't know if a flat or a kick or a slice was coming.

I was tossing at 12 o'clock for a kick serve and 1 o'clock for a flat serve.

The new coach then told me to try to use basically the same toss for kick and flat (use a very slight tossing difference). He said if my toss varied too much for a kick serve, I would be giving the spin away.

I had thought it wasn't a big issue if the returner knew a kick serve was coming but I can understand why the coach thinks its important to disguise the spin.
Raul_SJ is offline   Reply With Quote