I could be wrong, but I always thought a kick serve is a catch-all term for any serve that bounces up high with top-spin. If it only bounces high with no side-spin after the bounce, it’s a top-spin serve; if it also has side-spin after the bounce in the direction of a slice (left for righties), it is a top-slice; if it is a kick that has side-spin in the opposite direction (right for righties) after the bounce, it is a twist serve. Even twist serves move in the direction of a slice before the bounce, but then seem to move in the opposite direction after the bounce. So, a twist serve is just a variety of kick serve.
Whilst I agree with this I think making a distinction between different types of kick serves based on where it kicks to is mostly pointless and something that rec players need to stop focusing onA mostly topspin kick serve will not curve much in the air and will bounce in the direction it's traveling. A slice serve will curve in the air and bounce in the direction it's curving towards. A twist serve will curve in the air and then bounce opposite the side it's curving towards.
I agree with this too. I like hitting a kick serve and being just as surprised as my opponent when it bounces the other way.Whilst I agree with this I think the distinction between the different types of kick serves is mostly pointless and something that rec players need to stop focusing on. Mechanically they are the same serve and if you learn how to hit one well then you can hit them all. We don't break down slice serves into different sub-groupings.
If you can't make your kick serve break back, it's not because you can't hit a twist serve - it's just an indication that your supposed kicker is really a bit of a nudie ball