This month's issue of Tennis Magazine has an article on how to serve out wide. In the example given, the player is pictured with his front foot pointed toward the netpost, planning to serve wide in the deuce court. The advice was to bring the back foot more toward the right, so that the toe of the back foot is actually farther to the right than the toe of the front foot. The idea is that you would start out pointed more toward the intended target, I think. The author acknowledged that changing your stance is something your opponent can read, but argued that being able to place the serve out wide still achieves its purpose of pulling the opponent off the court. I'm wondering if the experts here think this is good advice, and if so, for what levels. I do not consciously vary my stance or starting location for the purpose of hitting a certain spot. I always thought the element of surprise was important, even at my 3.5 level. I say that because I am always greatly relieved to see an opponent who telegraphs the serve placement. I will adjust my receiving position, secure in the knowledge that the serve will go where I expect it to go. This allows me to plan what I want to do with my return a little better and allows me to do things like running around my backhand by cheating over. This is especially helpful in mixed, when the serves are coming faster. So what do you think of Tennis Magazine's advice?