I am working hard to try and improve my serve these days, and I consider the worst aspect of my action to be one of the most important - the ball toss. It is horribly inconsistent, and I often feel like it 'owns' my serve - the rest of my motion is a desperate attempt to adapt to the shoddy toss and get the ball in play at a decent pace. I often catch the tosses which are just plain ridiculous, but even the ones I hit are errant and inconsistent. So I ask: what are the characteristics of the ideal ball toss for a flat fast serve. I think I read BB post that it should be about 1.5 feet out in front of you. Should it be slightly to the right of your body as well? (righty serve). How about height? Apologies as this is really basic, but I'd like to know definitively so I can go out tomorrow and toss balls until it's flawless and effortless and I can toss in my sleep. (oh yeah - any particular methods/drills improving toss consistency would be appreciated also) Thanks.