Serves

Tennis Kick Serve – Technique & Analysis!




Gaston Raposo
20.04.2018

Hey guys!! Happy Friday to you all! A lot of action in Monte Carlo, great matches going on. Take a look at those matches, compare the things we talk here over the blog and videos, get some ideas! Aaaand after MANY requests, I created the Kick Serve lesson!! What a great serve to have under […]

Hey guys!! Happy Friday to you all! A lot of action in Monte Carlo, great matches going on. Take a look at those matches, compare the things we talk here over the blog and videos, get some ideas!
Aaaand after MANY requests, I created the Kick Serve lesson!! What a great serve to have under control. It could be a pain for sure if your opponent controls and plays this serve as he please, so come on you need to get it also, you need to be able to push him out of the court, to the side, 3-4 steps almost hanging in the back wall of the court. I will show you today the 3 things that you need to know to start to get this serve going. Of course after the base there are several variations, but these 3 key components are going to help you to understand the biomechanics, the reason of that jumping ball and that high bounce! Let’s get to it.

What are those 3 concepts Gaston?? Easy, here we go!

1- CONTINENTAL GRIP: It is mandatory to have this grip under control to be able to create all those crazy revolutions of spin in the ball.
2- BALL TOSS: With all the other serves, we always talked about a toss between 12 o’clock and 1. For the kick serve tough, we need to shift that ball a little to the left so we will be aiming a toss more to a 10ish o’clock. (Some players have it even more to the left, I prefer to avoid that so you don’t show what serve you are going to do)
3- ARM PRONATION: Different also from all the other serves, this time the pronation has to be to the side, you will see in the image below a better angle of this.

 

As you can see there, there is a fourth concept that I added there in the first picture. The position of my stands. You might see players do this a lot, maybe Federer is the one has this habit more “obvious” of moving the stands while he tosses the ball. What he is looking for here, is to create a wider base so he creates more power after bending his knees and of course it will help him to remain as much as possible with a side ways position to the court. When he goes more to the T or a Slice serve, you will notice that his stand is more linear (meaning the back foot is closer to be in the same line of the front foot).

Now lets take a look at the lesson in the video, you will understand better this concepts and see how the serve looks in fast and slow motion. Also, pay attention to the bounce of the ball and where my opponent would be hitting that return!

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Thanks guys! Thanks for all the support!! Best of luck and let’s get those serves going!!

Until next time!!

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