slice vs kick

Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by newbie123, Jul 17, 2004.

  1. newbie123

    newbie123 Rookie

    Mar 24, 2004
    What are the advantanges/disadvantages of the slice serve versuses the kick serve? I've always tried to hit the kick serve during a match because I thought that I would have a higher percentage of getting the ball in. However, I miss a lot of my kick serves. I see that it takes a lot of practice to master the kick serve.

    Recently, I tried the slice, a serve I had forgotten to use. It seems that the slice is much easier to use as a second serve versuses the kick. My slice doesnt curve or anything.....its just puts spin so I can hit the ball in. I can put pretty good speed on it for my level of play.

    Which serve do you guys use more often?

  2. Rickson

    Rickson G.O.A.T.

    Jun 16, 2004
    Kick serve for me and if your slice serve doesn't curve, I'm not sure you're doing it properly.
  3. TennsDog

    TennsDog Hall of Fame

    Feb 26, 2004
    Kick serves do take a lot of practice, particularly at first, but it is worth it because you can really nail it and send it well over the net and still in. I used to use slice for all my second serves, but now I use kick. Slice serves are good, but they tend to be predictable and will also go more toward the returner's forehand, which isn't always desireable. The best bet is to be able to hit both and mix them up both first and second serves to really keep your opponent guessing. As for your slice serve not curving, my guess is that it actually is, but as the server you cannot see the movement. That is what I have found. When I hit even the most curving of my slice serves, I can never see them curve, but they do.
  4. TwistServe

    TwistServe Guest

    Kickserve brings more margin for error, and harder to attack.. Most people can attack a slice serve if they see it coming, or if used too often.. Also, the harder you hit a kickserve, the better chance of it coming in the court.. Not true for a slice serve.. So potentially you can store more energy in the kickserve, thereby causing it to kick even higher..

    As to slice serves not curving..

    A 5.0+ slice and kickserve serve will obviously curve.. a 3.0-4.0 slice serve will curve but it may not be noticiable

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