Geometry of the serve - (position)

Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by TwistServe, Apr 26, 2004.

  1. TwistServe

    TwistServe Guest

    I know the middle of the net has the most clearance since the middle is the lowest part of the net, and also hitting at the "T" will cause the ball to come fastest since less distance to travel and less air resistence..

    But where should the server stand for best clearance of height error.. That is, should I stand towards the corner or more in the middle to maximize the error allowed..
  2. linli101

    linli101 New User

    Apr 1, 2004
    The reason that you stay close in the middle is that you can cover both wings. If you stand in the corner you can serve with wider angle but you will be vulnerable to your opponent's down-the-line return.
  3. kevhen

    kevhen Hall of Fame

    Feb 20, 2004
    Auckland, New Zealand
    I notice the pros stand about 4 feet away from the center while I will stand within a foot of center. I think they move away from center so that that it's easier to hit the outwide serve. I tend to serve up the middle more myself.

    Sometimes I will move all the way over to the doubles line on the deuce court and hit slice serves outwide to take my opponent off the court.

    I think you serve where you feel comfortable and I would shade more toward the center so that you are in position to cover the court better when your serve gets returned.

    The wider the angle that you serve from you have a few more inches of diagonal court to hit into but the net is higher when hitting up the T so it's about an even tradeoff and also depends on if you hit a hard flat or hard spin serve as well.
  4. ProStaffTour90

    ProStaffTour90 Rookie

    Apr 19, 2004
    To be fair you should have plenty of time to get back to the middle of the court before they return, i tend to stand about 4-5 feet from the middle! Due to our stupid league formats in the UK i play much more doubles than singles, which means that i can ony serve from a wide position, i do move more central in singles but not much, and it doesn't affect my game!

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