How to Kick Serve Revealed

by Scott Thyroff

People are always asking how to kick serve. In this article, I’ll share some tips for learning the kick serve. It’s a must-have technique for any tennis player’s arsenal. The side-spin utilized in the kick serve is one of the most useful aspects of serving. By the end of this article, you’ll be ready to use the kick serve like a pro. Put ‘em into action today…

How to Kick Serve Tip #1: Perfect the Toss

Starting off with the perfect toss sets you up for the perfect kick serve. It’s an undervalued skill that you really can’t spend too much time practicing.

how to kick serveThrow the ball up in the air, and backward. Keep your eye on the ball. Your point of contact should be directly above your head. For maximum control, keep the ball low and lined up with the baseline. This ensures the perfect timing for your serve.

Of course, if you’d like to provide further height or depth for your serve, you can always meet it further back. This is a tip that the pros utilize all the time. Just master the basics first!

How to Kick Serve Tip #2: Shoulder Turn More Than You Think You Need

Here’s where a lot of players get tripped up. The kick serve requires a sharper turn of the shoulder than your normal swing. When you’re bringing your shoulder back to swing, remember to pull it even further back than usual – almost as if you’re hitting sideways. This will ensure the perfect kick serve – a twist with an added punch of power.

To start, bend your knees and turn so your shoulders are practically facing the net.

How to Kick Serve Tip #3: Swing from 7 to 1

To perfect your kick serve swing, start high and swing left to right. Picture your swing as a clock, with your racquet as the hour hand. You’ll need to move from 7 to 1. The ball should sail right over the net by three or four feet. Always remember to follow through, bringing your racquet all the way up over your shoulder.

After your follow through, your arm will naturally fall back into the ready position – another perk of this serve.

Many players struggle with mastering the kick serve, but it’s truly one of the most useful serves out there. If you’re having some trouble, take a few dozen balls out and stand about twenty feet from the fence. Hit kick serves until you’ve mastered getting it over the net.

With these tips, you’ll be ready to conquer the kick serve. Put in some practice time and you’ll have it down in no time.

See you on the court,
Scott @
Home of the Tennis Serve

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