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Hit POWERFUL Kick Serves With This ONE Drill

August 15, 2019


– Hey guys, Scott and Nate
from playyourcourt.com, and today we’re gonna
show you a simple drill that will finally help you understand how to hit a kick serve. (swishing) So today we’re talking kick serves. This video is for players
with a Player Court rating of 60 and above. If you’re not familiar with our community and our rating system, a Player Court 60 is the equivalent of a USTA 3.5. So, I wanna tell you
guys a little story here. I’ve played tennis at a pretty high level for the large majority of my life. I played the Junior Tour, I played Division 1 college tennis, currently a player on
U.S. tennis 5.5 level. And I’ve always struggled
with the kick serve. I’m 6’3, I’m a taller guy, I’m supposed to have a really
easy time hitting kick serves. And this is just a motion that I never really got comfortable with. And to be honest Nate and I met, and we were discussing and planning some of the videos we wanted to film, and he brought up this
stroke on the kick serve, and I tried it and it actually made such a huge impact in my game, that I’m positive it’s gonna
make a huge impact in yours. So, I’m gonna step off camera here and just sorta let Nate school you, the same way he did me as a USTA 5.5, it works for me so I’m sure
it’s gonna help you guys out. – Alright guys, so. This mistake that Scott
was making on his serve, it’s one that a lot of high
level players are making. And what’s happening
is that they’re tossing parallel with the baseline and putting the ball more of a three o’clock position, going back to what would
be a nine o’clock position. And some of you might be thinking, that is what we see on the pro tour, and in fact Andy Murray and a few others do toss parallel with the baseline. A lot of professionals do. The problem is is that these guys have these superhuman rotator cuffs, and they’re playing and
practicing serves every day. So even Scott being a high level player, he’s not on the court all the
time practicing his serve, and as we get a little bit older we lose a lot of the elasticity in our arm and in our rotator cuff. So this three to nine, tossing
parallel with the baseline is gonna be problematic
because I’m not gonna be able to rotate and get all the way
through the axis of my swing. So the quick fix, really,
was just simplifying. And I think it works for most levels. Whether we’re hitting a kick serve or we’re hitting a top-spin serve, and there is a differentiation. A lot of us use the term kick serve, but unless the ball is kicking, I mean really we’re just hitting up. So, I really like hearing
terms like up-spin, top-spin, ’cause that’s really what you’re creating. But for Scott specifically we were trying to create more of a kick on his serve. And so the simple change is that we had him just go ahead and serve, tossing the ball more at one o’clock, maybe deviating a little
bit towards two, so 1:30. And just tossing and getting the ball back and behind his head, right? And so if he wasn’t to hit this ball it was gonna actually drop and hit him right on top of the head. Not necessarily getting all
the way back behind him, again creating a really difficult time getting up to the ball
and then rotating out. So what this exercise
does of getting the toss more at this one o’clock, slightly two, getting it back to what would
be a true six on a clock, it’s gonna allow him
to get under the ball, in really accelerating form, and then what you’re gonna see, in the drill that Scott’s
gonna show us in a moment, his racket is still gonna stay
parallel with the baseline. And sometimes that’s the misconception, is that on the kick serve
what we’re trying to do is really get our racket moving
parallel to the baseline. But not the toss. So this three to nine actually
makes it much more difficult to get parallel to the baseline, and it ends up having us
going more into the court, and we lose a lot of force, and we lose a lot of
power on this kick serve. Alright, the drill that I really like, that we actually got Scott to do, that helped a lot, it’s
one of my favorites. We’re gonna show it to you now. Alright, as you can see we’ve
got Scott down on his knees, getting ready to hit a serve. Alright, and what this
does is it takes the entire lower body out of the
equation on the serve. In order for Scott to now
get the ball up over the net, he’s going to have to have a proper toss that we talked about, from
that one to two o’clock margin, going back to six o’clock. This is gonna enable him
to get under the ball, hitting up with his
racket moving parallel, so he gets a proper kick serve. Let’s take a look at these now. – Guys, this is huge too,
’cause the mistake I was making, just to give you a really good visual, I was doing this with my toss, and I was having a really hard time getting underneath the ball. Now I’m doing this with my toss. The entire direction of my toss changed, and that’s what’s allowing me
now to get underneath the ball and get that thing kicking up. – It’s above-average serve. – Thank you. (laughs) So guys, in summary here, the
change that really helped me fix my kick serve was just a very small adjustment to my toss. I used to release more
out towards three o’clock, now I’m more out towards one, throwing the ball back over my head, back towards the back curtain versus towards the side curtain. If you make this small
adjustment in your toss, you’re gonna find it’s
a lot easier to swing up on the ball and finally get
that ball actually jumping. So guys I hope you enjoyed that
video and as we always say, we really just want you to
improve your tennis game. The bottom line is we just
don’t know a ton about you, this is a more advanced video. If you’re a lower level player, kick serve might not even
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30 Comments

  • Reply Dan Le December 28, 2018 at 9:01 pm

    Simply great lesson which has help my serve immediately – Thanks – Dan

  • Reply PlayYourCourt.com January 8, 2019 at 6:54 pm

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  • Reply Ricardo Andrade January 9, 2019 at 1:53 pm

    Very good tip about the toss motion. Congratulations!

  • Reply Kazzzzzo January 9, 2019 at 9:52 pm

    What about flat serve? Where to toss this one? 1 o clock?

  • Reply Christian Jimenez-Terry January 27, 2019 at 2:49 pm

    It's not my style to give a thumbs down, so I won't, but there are a lot of holes to pick in this lesson. Not my cup of tea at all.

  • Reply Cristin Murgoci February 5, 2019 at 6:57 am

    The kick serve is one thing end the topspin serve is other. This clarification is rare. Thank you.

  • Reply Peter Steitz February 10, 2019 at 4:52 am

    Are we talking about first serve? Second serve is usually a spin and slower. I used to adjust my grip for second serve and toss just like a first. Club tennis, not professional.

  • Reply Lord Byron February 10, 2019 at 4:56 am

    I toss parallel to the baseline (or 12 o’clock) on all my serves… flat, kick, slice and spins. When I make contact with the ball, it’s between 10 and 11 o’clock on the vertical plane. My tossing arm is also totally straight … no bend anywhere! Bending the back as much as possible for your body type is necessary as well. It took 10 years and thousands of hours of practice to get my serve the way I wanted it.

  • Reply That Midlife Vlogger February 10, 2019 at 4:49 pm

    Guys keep up The good work. Thanks.
    1 thing to notice:

    -you can see that the serve you are hitting is actually a Top Slice and not a Kick serve. Because the hitting point on the ball is right of the center and low. To kick you need to hit the ball left of the center and low. Also when you make a dorsal flex in wrist you make it more difficult to hit a kickserve.

    Please continue with your great videos.

  • Reply Wally Friend February 10, 2019 at 11:28 pm

    Thanks for the video. I don't have a problem with my toss as much as I don't know how to aim the kick serve. Any chance you can explain to me?

  • Reply AcidexMax February 11, 2019 at 10:24 pm

    Would have like to seen a few actual serves, to see the swing pathway, if you finished with butt cap and elbow up and the grip. It seems that you are using a continental there. I have never been able to get any kind of kick on the ball without using an extreme eastern backhand grip but after watching your explanation that might be part of the reason. Can't wait to try this out. Thxs guys!

  • Reply Mike McGee February 11, 2019 at 11:00 pm

    Excellent tip guys I was having a problem with my toss all over the place so I saw a video and it said down the line. It helped keeping it form front and back but it did mess with my kicker.

  • Reply Antony Foster February 12, 2019 at 4:33 pm

    You made reference to a clock, but I have no idea how. Is it possible to show us?

  • Reply Alex Demeiri February 14, 2019 at 12:33 am

    This works. Discovered this when an injury prevented forward leap into the court 2 years ago. Easier to generate topspin.

  • Reply David Anderson February 14, 2019 at 6:40 am

    You guys are awesome encouragers! Can't wait to put this into practice as it makes perfect sense. I just hope nobody drives by and sees me out there on my knees…

    Much thanks! We look forward to more helpful instruction as the weather begins to warm up again.

  • Reply Tennisfreak54 February 14, 2019 at 10:23 pm

    Those where 2 top slice serves !! They go to the left and not to the right ??

  • Reply Tennisfreak54 February 14, 2019 at 10:26 pm

    If you really want that kick to go to the right you should start to pronate and not snap your wrist( check how you finished )

  • Reply iamnotfernando February 17, 2019 at 10:16 pm

    This is a good exercise and many will feel an increase in racket head speed by isolating the arm and staying sideways but not worthy of all caps. Max power comes from the kinetic chain initiated from the legs, through the core and then a loose wrist snap.

  • Reply riccardo ragazzo February 18, 2019 at 3:13 pm

    Very good tip, most coaches push the tossing parallel, but like you said if we are not practicing hours and hours a day it gonna be difficult. Well done.

  • Reply kuvesh February 19, 2019 at 5:46 am

    Great tip. Can you do a video on toss consistency?

  • Reply 강문상 February 20, 2019 at 4:15 am

    Thanks a lot. I can figure out Kick serve easily.

  • Reply wh hw February 20, 2019 at 10:02 pm

    Hi.. thanks for the video. But when will i ever see a demo on the Deuce side…. Not a single channel did it…. And it's tricky on deuce side .

  • Reply Johnny Tran April 20, 2019 at 5:24 pm

    Great video, but before anything please demonstrate the serve so we know the final product.

  • Reply vectorthurm May 5, 2019 at 7:29 pm

    So many clocks involved in the tennis serve..bob confused?
    J/K guys, great demo & ?!

  • Reply THERON MERCOMES May 14, 2019 at 7:34 pm

    I AM A 71 Y/O 2.5 TO 3.O PLAYER…

  • Reply Laurence Corray May 21, 2019 at 6:59 am

    Great tip but my concern is there is no disguise right?

  • Reply Louis Cyphre May 30, 2019 at 5:57 pm

    I found any easy fix for kick serves is using a backhand grip , as it forces you to swing left to right more creating a kick serve, try it , it works. watching federer do it very very suttle grip change on his second serve kick

  • Reply Glenn Moody June 2, 2019 at 12:41 am

    You say the kick serve is different than the topspin serve, but you don't explain or show the difference. Would you clarify the difference?

  • Reply abe92139 June 23, 2019 at 9:38 pm

    Tried the toss tip and noticed a big difference immediately. Thank you

  • Reply Ty Avolio July 11, 2019 at 9:40 pm

    The clock references are confusing, If you could superimpose them it would help a lot.

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