When do you decide which corner to hit?

dlam

Semi-Pro
When deciding which corner of the service court you want to hit on your serve
Do you make up your mind
1)sometime during preparing your stance
2)sometime during the bouncing ball period
3)sometime during the windup and toss
4)sometime during when the ball in in the air

In other words at what time during the serving routine do you decide which part of the service court you want to hit?
Really early like before the toss or really late like when the ball is already in the air or sometime in between?
 

rkelley

Hall of Fame
Before I prepare for my stance I decide location and spin. That decision is the first decision I make.

After that it's about execution. I imagine the serve. I usually remind myself to bend my knees, keep the arm relaxed, and swing big. I set-up the same way and toss in the same place as always (slightly back if I'm trying to twist the serve, but otherwise the same place). I really try to give nothing away until I hit the ball.
 

user92626

G.O.A.T.
I don't make it too complicated like you guys do.

When I get into the spot to serve, I subtly observe where my opponent stands and pick a side to serve to, FH or BH. Also consider his tendency/plan to cover which side.
 

Wes_Loves_Dunlop

Professional
The worst thing you can do is to try and decide during your ball toss. Regardless of whether or not your opponent leans to the side you area planning on serving to, the indecision that comes from trying to change it will more likely than not miss the serve
 

Or Tennis

New User
That decision also depends on the receiver's weakness. I usually target the receiver's backhand side more often. Jamming the receiver, if you have a hot serve, is something you should consider, by aiming right at the receiver's body.
 

tbln

New User
I'm with rkelly. I decide early and I imagine and mentally prepare to execute the shot the the bouncing ball period.

Although if I'm tired and lazy I'll change and hit whatever shot is required to make contact with my errant ball toss. :oops:
 

downdaline

Professional
For me, I decide once the previous point has ended.

From then on, until the ball makes contact with my stringbed, it's all a matter of not letting your body language give away where you're gonna serve to next.
 

dlam

Semi-Pro
For me, I decide once the previous point has ended.

From then on, until the ball makes contact with my stringbed, it's all a matter of not letting your body language give away where you're gonna serve to next.
Yes
Slice motion from the deuce side
Kick motion from the ad side
This I know immediately
But then....
What i mean is kick wide or kick to the T
Or slice to righty forehand or flat slice to the righty BH?

So there another path decision beyond the first one
 

dlam

Semi-Pro
I don't make it too complicated like you guys do.

When I get into the spot to serve, I subtly observe where my opponent stands and pick a side to serve to, FH or BH. Also consider his tendency/plan to cover which side.
Yes better not to over think it
Good idea to check if the player is cheating toward one side
That would make it easier to decide
 

dlam

Semi-Pro
The worst thing you can do is to try and decide during your ball toss. Regardless of whether or not your opponent leans to the side you area planning on serving to, the indecision that comes from trying to change it will more likely than not miss the serve
Yes general bad idea
When I serve on the ad side I like to know pretoss when I m bouncing the ball
However on the deuce side I might vary my toss so I let the ball fall to the ground if the toss doesn't match my intended strike
Not so much on the ad side
 

goran_ace

Hall of Fame
If you haven't decided where you want to go with the serve before you toss or go into your service motion, you're not really aiming, you're just hoping.
 

NLBwell

Legend
I'm with rkelly. I decide early and I imagine and mentally prepare to execute the shot the the bouncing ball period.

Although if I'm tired and lazy I'll change and hit whatever shot is required to make contact with my errant ball toss. :oops:
I second this.
 

fuzz nation

G.O.A.T.
If you haven't decided where you want to go with the serve before you toss or go into your service motion, you're not really aiming, you're just hoping.
Basically true...

To hit a certain type of serve and direct it toward a spot in the service box, that demands a setup, swing path, and contact point to help get it there. Sort it out as you set up at the baseline.

We've all chased our share of bad tosses, but fortunately that's one of the few things we can actually practice away from the courts. Good serves demand a well located toss - sort the toss location out before you put the ball up there. Otherwise it won't matter where you want to put your serve - you'll only be rolling the dice.

Don't mess with success. If every serve to an opponent's backhand forces a weak return, changing that should only happen for a good reason, right? It's good to be unpredictable, but only if that's called for to control the outset of the point.

Option #3: serve right at the returner to effectively handcuff him/her. Although it takes a lot of work to learn several different styles of serves (spin, kick, etc.) and hit them with accuracy, a basic serve can be aimed at more than just the forehand or backhand side.
 

Ash_Smith

Legend
When deciding which corner of the service court you want to hit on your serve
Do you make up your mind
1)sometime during preparing your stance
2)sometime during the bouncing ball period
3)sometime during the windup and toss
4)sometime during when the ball in in the air

In other words at what time during the serving routine do you decide which part of the service court you want to hit?
Really early like before the toss or really late like when the ball is already in the air or sometime in between?
Before you even get to the baseline.
 

tennytive

Professional
No. 1, just before the bounce when I look over to see where he's standing.

I almost never hit to the same spot or with the same speed on following points so as to avoid him expecting where/how fast the serve will be coming.
 

blakesq

Hall of Fame
This post is exactly right for me. If i wait until the ball toss to decide, I often end up making a change at the last second and completely screwing up my serve. For instance, during the toss I am thinking "serve down the T", and the ball flies up in my toss i see the receiver cheat towards the T, and I may change to serving to the outside corner. unfortunately, I am already all lined up to serve down the T, so I have to stretch and do weird adjustments to go to the outside corner, and probably end up faulting.

so, what I try to do, is decide where to serve (down T, outside corner, or into body), and how to serve (hard and flat, spinny, or a twist that puts the ball into the side curtain--i mostly play indoors) while bouncing the ball, then committing to that serve.

The worst thing you can do is to try and decide during your ball toss. Regardless of whether or not your opponent leans to the side you area planning on serving to, the indecision that comes from trying to change it will more likely than not miss the serve
 
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