My favorite serve (as far as reliability) is by far… the slice / side-spin one. Period!
The Slice, especially used on the second serve, allows me to keep the ball low (cannot be attacked by returner), consistency (due to the spin that slows down the ball in the air) and makes it hard to be returned at my feet if I 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.
I want you to 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.
I have been playing tennis against some of my top juniors and even though I am the more experienced player they can run me about the court and make me pay for a shot that I don’t place tactically right.
Now, in this article I would like to mention one very important stroke that you should perfect so that you do not begin the point on a defensive situation – the second serve. You just missed your first serve (either in the net, deep or wide) then you see your opponent stepping inside the baseline to attack your second serve… Suddenly you find yourself in trouble: your opponent is going to be all over your second serve and from there on… you are in trouble!
What can you do so that your second serve is not going to put you on defensive mode?
Why slice and not topspin or kick? For the two very simple reasons: 1. Slice (side-spin on the serve) will keep the ball low. As a result, your opponent will have to play the ball hitting up and the chances for him/her to put it away (or attack it) from a low contact point are very slim. 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 the returner hits the ball up (that sets you up for a high volley)? On the other side, if you choose to go for 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. Tennis Serve Lessons
So in conclusion, practice your slice serve as often as you can and you will see great results when the time to hit a second serve knocks at your door (which it will be quite often). 🙂