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.

The Body Serve Is the Best – Here’s Why!

body serve
I just finished shooting the videos for the “Strategic Serve Practice”, and as I was presenting the best possible serve strategies, I came to a conclusion: if one wants to begin the point right, they must consider practicing, improving, and using, the body serve.

The body serve is performed when the server aims directly at their opponent.

I do not mean that you shouldn’t go for the returner’s weak side (if they have one), but in case there is not a significant one, the body serve has many advantages:

– If hit with a decent pace, the body serve can jam the returner and the result can be a floating return in the middle of the court (which the server can attack).

– The body serve does not allow the returner to create angles (as opposed to a wide serve, which gives the opponent many options to play with).

– It forces the returner to hit the ball while moving away from it (blocking or pushing the ball) – most of the players practice hitting balls while moving to and not away from them.

– It’s also great for serve-and-volley players because the return is most of the time weak due to the before-mentioned reasons.

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.