Serve under the blinding sun?

Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by a529612, Jun 1, 2004.

  1. a529612

    a529612 Semi-Pro

    May 16, 2004
    What should you do when the sun is directly above you? You go temporary blind and can't see a thing after the toss. Just go by feel?
  2. TwistServe

    TwistServe Guest

    Make an eclipes with the ball.. Otherwise make your toss consistent and swing away lol
  3. bcaz

    bcaz Professional

    Feb 19, 2004
    ... one of those cases where you have to alter your toss and just focus on getting the ball in the box and then being aggressive when the sun isn't in your eyes. Some players are able to use their tossing hand to help shield the sun.
  4. Cypo

    Cypo Rookie

    Feb 11, 2004
    I play three different serves - flat, slice and something that might be called topspin on a good day. The tosses are different enough that one of them is always not in the sun.

    I wouldn't recommend keeping your hand up to block the sun, your tossing arm should be coming down as part of your service motion.
  5. BLiND

    BLiND Hall of Fame

    Apr 18, 2004
    Manchester, UK
    Good quality sunglasses?
  6. PHSTennis

    PHSTennis Semi-Pro

    Apr 8, 2004
    I use bolle sunglasses sometimes... I have the Paroles... you can see the sun but it gets dark.. so you have to toss and hit fast... I know what you mean... I have to lock foward toss a little lower and pray that the ball goes in when im on the sun side... :p nothing much you can do... know you partner has to play in the sun also overhead is diffrent .. Ill sometimes use my left arm to kind of block the sun and then attack it real fast... Get yourself sunglasses either that or when you are facing the sun have a lower toss so you dont have to look up... but all depends where the sun is, if its in front of you your screwed... My friend told me to close my else and hit it... what an idiot ;) goodluck. Bolle sunglasses are cheap on **** :lol:
  7. kevhen

    kevhen Hall of Fame

    Feb 20, 2004
    Auckland, New Zealand
    I believe in not using sunglasses or hats or anything that will make your eye's pupil larger then smaller when you look into the sun. The key is to have different serves so that you can toss the ball to different spots like what Cypo says. If my normal toss is in the sun, I will go to a kick serve with a toss over my left shoulder. I may also move out along the baseline closer to the doubles alley if that helps but usually not.
  8. chadw01

    chadw01 New User

    May 12, 2004
    Sometimes the court lights will get in your eyes too - I normally just adjust my toss. I find playing in the wind more frustrating than the sun or any night lights, though..
  9. Ruuzo

    Ruuzo Rookie

    May 13, 2004
    I'm also helpless serving in the sun and try to avoid playing during the day. If I do play during the day I usually try to talk whoever I'm playing with into letting both of us serve on the non-sun side.

    On those few occasions when I do have to serve in the sun though I'll throw my 1st serve toss way over my head and end up framing it :p , and I'll granny serve my 2nd serve :(

    The pros make it look like no big deal at all. AAAAARRRGHHH!!!
  10. ncchetty

    ncchetty New User

    Apr 14, 2004
    Not sure if this is the best way to do it, but this is what I do.

    I stand almost parallely to the baseline in such an angle that when I toss the ball and look up I dont see the sun directly. When I hit I kind of turn around at that instance with a slice on the ball.

    I did try sunglasses, but it really didnt help when the sun was too bright.

    More than serving, it (the sun) becomes a bigger pain while returning serves. I kind of overcame that by wearing a hat. I still end up playing "blindly" at times relying totally upon my instincts.

    Still need to learn how I can handle overheads with sun right on top of you. Any help?
  11. lendl lives

    lendl lives Semi-Pro

    Feb 23, 2004
    block the sun with you tossing hand? hum never tried that. maybe thats why a rod tosses with his palm pointing up at the top.
  12. MrHatchet87

    MrHatchet87 Guest

    I guess I don't really think about how I adjust when the sun is in my eyes, I just do what's natural, and have had success with that. I find that my vision clears up pretty quick too (it better, since I like to serve and volley). I think it might have something to do with my contacts, while that don't change any color contrast, they do block UV rays, and I think that might contribute to my vision clearing up as quickly as it does. (Or it might not, I never play tennis without my contacts, so I wouldn't really know).
  13. sinoslav

    sinoslav Rookie

    Feb 21, 2004
    One thing to try is to move to another part of the baseline and see if the sun is not quite as much a problem from that angle.
  14. ark4.0

    ark4.0 New User

    May 4, 2004
    If you ever go the sun glasses route make sure they are polarised. I have the same problem and have found that polarised glasses (plus mirrored on the outside) are the best to block the glare of the sun. These glasses will still allow you to play your regular ground game after the serve.
  15. TwistServe

    TwistServe Guest

    Do pros ever where sunglasses during matches? Which ones do they wear if any?
  16. @wright

    @wright Hall of Fame

    Feb 19, 2004
    Clement is the only pro I can think of that wears sunglasses. How about just serve underhanded?
  17. perkerk

    perkerk Guest

    How about learning one consistent spin serve with your non-dominant hand?
  18. speedofpain88

    speedofpain88 Rookie

    Jul 22, 2004
    I suggest using the force ... it works fine for me, but then again you have to be a highly advanced jedi.

    Unfortunately for me I have the same toss for all my serves (which is usually a plus) and adjusting my toss has a detremental effect on my serve. But usually you get used to the light from the sun and you adjust naturally.
  19. tetsuo10

    tetsuo10 Rookie

    Mar 22, 2004
    Get a good pair of sunglasses that protect against UV. If you play under the sun alot, protecting your eyes is a must, either sunglasses or a hat.
  20. Rickson

    Rickson G.O.A.T.

    Jun 16, 2004
    If it's not a tournament match, be good sports and let the server hit on the non sun side.

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