Serve out wide in Ad Court

Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by TheBigToasty, Jul 20, 2004.

  1. TheBigToasty

    TheBigToasty New User

    Jun 28, 2004
    Is the correct way to do this by using a Semi-western grip and aiming for the service line "T" ? It worked well for me when I got it in, but it wasn't too consistent. And also, how do you make the ball spin in the opposite direction after it hits the court? (i.e: hitting to deuce court (right-handed) and making ball spin to the right after touching ground). Thanks!
  2. kevhen

    kevhen Hall of Fame

    Feb 20, 2004
    Auckland, New Zealand
    I am struggling with this serve again too and thinking about using the SW grip and aiming more up the middle to get it to go outwide. I usually use an Eastern grip and just turn my wrist outward but I don't practice this enough and my serve percentage is too low. I may try using a semicontinental to add a little bit of spin to get this ball to drop in like I do now when serving from the deuce side but it's still a difficult serve since it's going over a higher part of the net from the ad side and curving back slightly towards the opponent when using the semicontinental. Good luck and I will need some too.
  3. Rickson

    Rickson G.O.A.T.

    Jun 16, 2004
    I actually use this serve with a semi western or close to a full western grip. I aim for the middle of the box and it goes to the corner with a beautiful wide kick. I usually use a continental grip for my ad side wide serves, but if the opponent's backhand is particularly strong, I turn to the sw/near western wide serve. BTW, it is not an orthodox serve so to answer your question, no, it is not technically correct, but it is a great serve if you can master it.
  4. mattlikovich

    mattlikovich Rookie

    Feb 22, 2004
    I stand about 5 feet or so alwasy on the ad side of the hash mark, and I just use my kick grip and aim for the line by the alley and really hit thin, so the kick brings it down and it is really wide...
  5. TwistServe

    TwistServe Guest

    I love the serves out wide on ad court.. I have a more consistent kicker on the ad court than duece court, but I use the kicker as a first serve on the ad court while I use a flat or slice serve as a first serve on the duece court..

    The motion seems so natural for rightys because you're swinging from left to right.. Feet lined up parallel to the net most pros..

    Use a grip between eastern backhand and continental... Drop a nice kicker out wide or sometimes I can get a short angle wide bounce.. Good kickers will tend to twist to the backhand too..
  6. ProStaffTour90

    ProStaffTour90 Rookie

    Apr 19, 2004
    If your plat=ying advanced tennis, the change in grip is sometimes readible, i'm not sure what i do :oops: next time i hit i'll see and then report back :)
  7. GrahamIsSuper

    GrahamIsSuper Semi-Pro

    Jul 21, 2004
    San Antonio, TX
    the out wide kick or american twist serve is hit by swinging up at the ball from the 8 o clock to the 2 o clock position on the ball.

    Toss the ball almost directly above your head, maybe even behind it for a big kick, and swing with a wiper motion from low to high, towards the side fence. Concentrate on brushing the surface of the ball from 8 o clock to 2 o clock.

    I use a continental for a more consistant serve if its a bit off, and then an eastern if it's going well.
  8. jun

    jun Semi-Pro

    Feb 19, 2004
    Well, can you hit inside out overhead? Stand on adside service line, 2~3 feet from the center. Just toss the ball up with half motion, and see if you can make the ball hit midway between service line and net on sideline, or corner.

    Once you can do this. Slowly move back to baseline by 2~3 feet.

    To do this, you have to pronate a bit earlier. You have to keep your shoulder closed a bit longer.

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