It’s the Only Serve I Trust

preparing to serve
My favorite serve (as far as reliability) is by far… the slice/side-spin. Period!

The slice, especially used on the second serve, allows you to keep the ball low (cannot be attacked by the returner), consistent (due to the spin that slows down the ball in the air), and makes it hard to be returned at your feet if you decide to move up to the net behind it.

These are just some of the benefits of the slice serve without counting the easiness to learn and execute it.

You should try, learn or improve it too. Therefore, I have created a two-part video lesson showing you some progression drills that you can apply to learn or improve your slice serve.

Whether you are a beginning or intermediate player, these video drills will teach you the essential elements for hitting a reliable slice serve in a very short time.

Slice Serve: Progression Drills (Video Lesson)  

Make it a great week!

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.

Why You Shoud Slice Your Second Serve


Even as an experienced player, I have had to pay for multiple shots I wouldn’t tactically place right in my serves when playing against some of my top juniors.

To not begin in such a defensive situation, we will be looking in this article at one very important stroke that you should perfect – the second serve.

You just missed your first serve. When preparing your second serve, you see your opponent stepping in the baseline, ready to attack. You’re in trouble. Once you land that hit, your opponent will be all over your second serve.

What can you do so that your second serve will not put you in defensive mode?

SLICE IT!

Why slice and not topspin or kick?
For these two simple reasons:

1. Slice (side-spin on the serve) will keep the ball low.
As a result, your opponent will be forced to play the ball by hitting up, decreasing their chances of putting it away (or attacking it) from a low contact point.

2. The spin will make it harder to control the ball when your opponent returns it.
Especially if you are a doubles player, think about serving and volleying. Would you not prefer to hit a slice so that your opponent would return the ball high and set you for a high volley? On the other side, if you choose to go for a topspin serve as a second delivery and move up to the net, the returner will attack the high bouncing serve of yours and put it down to your feet.

In conclusion, practice your slice serve as often as you can so that you will see great results when the time comes up to hit a second serve.


Cosmin Miholca

WebTennis24

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.