Did you manage to read part 1 last week based all about the first ball we focused on talking about the importance of the serve and return. People seemed to really like it. If you haven’t read it yet, click here to have a read.
Learning to hit an effective slice tennis serve may be tough its its something new for you but it is definitely worth pursuing this skill. Here are our seven top tips to get you started on hitting a perfect wide slice to the deuce side.
- Position yourself more to the right of the middle to have a better angle. You can even stand half-way between the middle and the sideline.
- Use a continental/chopper grip (or at least move round towards this if you are not comfortable with being in a completely chopper grip) so that you will impart slice naturally.
- Toss the ball in front and little to the right. Experiment to find the right place without losing balance when you serve.
- Imagine cutting round the side of the ball
- Continue your movement forward with the edge of the racket going forward – a kind of karate chop at he ball. Again, hit many serves to refine this feel.
- Rotate your shoulders and finally face with your body towards the target. If you end up facing straight ahead then it’s hard to steer the ball left.
- Practice, practice, practice.
I once coached a player from whose groundstrokes and volleys were pretty average for his level of play, but his serve was exceptional.
I asked him where he learned the serve, who coached him, how did he practice and so on.
He said he just served every day for an additional hour following his regular practice. No coach, no drills, just trying to serve more accurately and faster.
I hope you enjoyed reading this and can take a few of these thoughts in to your next match.
Tennis Holidays are a great way to make real progressions in your game, it is an intense week of learning new skills in the morning and putting them in to practise in the afternoons. Being able to play for 20 hours in one week means that you can really make changes in your game fast! Our Tennis Holidays our suitable for all levels whether you are a complete beginner through to county level players – everyone is welcome!