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

The body serve is the one which the server aims directly at her opponent.

I do not mean you shouldn’t go for the returner’s weak side (if she clearly has 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)
(Serve Tennis Tactics)

– a 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

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


Cosmin Miholca

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