I’ve Found This to Be the Best Serve Toss Tip

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Tossing the ball to serve shouldn’t be hard. I’m not saying that I always do it perfectly but I’ve discovered that one of the easiest ways for a good serve toss is to focus on the outcome: how you want the ball to leave your hand.

Oftentimes, we think about the wrist, fingers, tension in the hand, but we should actually visualize instead what we want to accomplish. 

In the case of the serve toss, my intent is for the ball to go up having… very little rotation on it. 

This little powerful tip has worked magic for me: the arm relaxes, the grip on the ball is light, and the hand opens so that the fingers do not affect the release of it.

Try it next time you practice your serve or when you’re in a tight match situation – push the ball up with almost no rotation. You might just fix your inconsistent serve toss forever.

Have fun on the tennis court!

Cosmin Miholca

Cosmin Miholca

Certified Tennis Coach

Check out my work at WebTennis24 where I share with you my best video tennis lessons, drills and tips for players, coaches and tennis parents.

How to Get a Better Serve Toss in Tennis


A good serve starts with a good toss.

Here are some tips to ensure optimal contact during a tennis serve:

•    Cushion the tennis ball with your fingers.
•    Imagine you have an egg in your hand. Hold the ball very gently.
•    Keep your tossing arm relaxed.
•    Release the tennis ball above eye level.
•    Let the ball go up in a smooth, continuous motion.
•    Impart very little spin on it as it goes up. To do so, open your palm and spread your fingers as you let go of the ball.
•    The tossing height should be approximately as high as you can reach with the tip of your racquet.

Cosmin Miholca

Cosmin Miholca

Certified Tennis Coach

Check out my work at WebTennis24 where I share with you my best video tennis lessons, drills and tips for players, coaches and tennis parents.