If an opponent is standing way back near the fence the server is in the top 1% of the tennis playing population. Such a server will have enough control of his serve to know how to mix in different types of serves. Also if the ball is approaching the fence on one bounce unless you are a top pro you are not handling that speed easily.
At our levels instead of pondering over hypotheticals like these it is better to parctice control of our serves. A lot of rec players can't place the serve where they want unless they take a lot off.
With you being a lefty, why not develop that devastating lefty slice serve? Often hits more shallow in the box and many of us righties really hate it! Would be a great changeup especially if they are getting used to your kick serve.
I've tried that wicked slice serve but I can't do it. I pretty much get no sideways motion at all... Plus it basically goes right into the net.... I need to take some serious coaching to learn that serve.... For now I'm going to focus on other aspects of the game
People talk like it's just some easy obvious thing... Like like oh you're righty? you just do a flat 140 miles an hour serve.... easy-peasy
Sorry, what was the video about? I was too distracted by the Hungarian.
But seriously, for a Lefty, a hard slice is a requirement. It is so contrary to the motion most players are used to. My son can't do it and he's a Lefty. So he leaves a lot on the table. If he misses his first serve that comes in mid-90s with movement, he hits a nice kicker... which I crush back. Just need to stand back, be patient and wait till it comes down.
Most people miss-hit kickers because they are impatient and tries to hit it like a topspin or slice-top.
A kicker can work well for a Lefty IF they can hit a good slice and a good topspin. You will keep your opponent totally off balance.
Let me guess, you want to sell the drop serve again?
The problem with serving short is you best hope that your opponent can't read you serve, because if they get upto it you are in trouble.
It is easy to counter, someone tried it against me on Friday, I tend to stand back. I simply waited till he was about to hit it and walked up the court. Since I was moving onto his short ball, hitting it passed him was easy. It threw his service technique off, because he didn't know when I was going to sneak in. He started hitting it long, because he couldn't easily adjust the pace on his serve under pressure.
That’s why you don’t stand back even against the best servers. If they hit the lines you are done anyway. Stand close enough that you can block something back within your reach and not take it right in the chest. I tend to be about 6 feet back for the 100 mph guys. Any further back and they can ace me too easily. Any closer and I can’t get the racket out to meet the ball in time.
Another option is S&V down the T. With him standing so far back, you can probably hit your 1st volley in front of the service line. Standing far back, with a topspin serve down the T, he won't have any good angles to pass you with, and you'll be in good net position.
I am really surpriced that you being a lefty still never mastered the slice serve. I have never seen a lefty without a slice serve. Obviously it works very well against someone staying too far since the angles are pretty open. But being a lefty, you get to enjoy tons of mishits from opponents, even when they are not opening up angles, since it will take time for them to adjust to the side spin from a lefty.
The only way I was able to get control of my serves was to hit over a 100 serves/day. I feel pretty good at around 150/session. I've been doing that regime close to 3 yrs. I am 63. I mentally divide the service box into 6 segments. I find that variety finds me more points these days. I love bamboozling an opponent even if I can't blow them off the court. And a lot of times when I hit what I consider my "heater" it often comes back faster than I served it. So to avoid too many of those I try and "walk" my serve around the box, short/deep/slice/TS/kick. So as to be realistic if my "down the T" is within 12" of the centerline I feel OK. Unless the opponent has really good movement going into the body for those who like to stand on the baseline works to get easy or errant returns. If they stand way back just serving short out wide brings them in to where you can go into the body or up the T. That short high kicker not moving particularly fast gets a lot of rec players. The last time I hit an underhand serve was this past winter and one of my opponents said, "That is not fair." I laughed so hard I was crying. These guys were 20 yrs younger than me.
we have been trying to say this since the beginning. For a lefty at his level, all he needs is a good slice and he can almost win most of his serve points. people at that level have weak backhands and the lefty slice will wreck havoc.
Instead he continues to throw up hypotheticals as if he is playing nadal or federer. tha's what his coach should have instilled, play to your strengths. dont need to reinvent the wheel. Instead, he's trying to model his game to play against ATP top 20 players.
Yeah. Once a player gets better they can hit all the serves. Just practice. Playing matches also helps. But some players are afraid to play matches. So they never learn the full skill set under pressure.