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Intermediate Tennis Lessons : American Twist Serves in Tennis

November 8, 2019

There’s also another serve that’s called the
American Twist. It’s a little bit more difficult to get in but once you get the feel of it,
it actually puts reverse spin on the ball. If somebody is used to seeing your ball break
over from left to right and then kick to the right, this serve actually breaks the other
way. It breaks down and kicks to the left, if you’re right handed. The motion behind
that is pretty simple, but, again, it’s going to take some practice to get it into the service
box. What you’re to do is go with your normal toss, not back a little bit like you would
with your top spin serve, but you’re going to throw it with your normal release. Get
your fingers out of the way and your racket motion, the face of your racket is actually
going to come down and over this way. Whereas the top spin, we talked about the hammer is
coming up and actually following through with a straight racket face coming down. This serve,
the American Twist, you’re almost hitting it flat faced and then on your thumb side,
it’s dropping down. Your wrist is actually coming down this way as opposed to striking
straight down. Your wrist and the palm of your hand actually will end up faced out to
the outside part of the court. Let’s give that a try. The ball actually, when you hit
it correctly with that American Twist, it actually is a fairly effective way to put
more pace on the ball and to get it to kick the opposite way that the guy, your opponent,
is used to seeing the ball bounce. It’s a pretty effective serve if you can practice
it and get it to work.


  • Reply stickexjr November 8, 2008 at 10:06 pm

    not an american twist

  • Reply Babolat3216 December 21, 2008 at 8:11 am

    i think he's trying to invent a new serve… that's not an american twist dumbass

  • Reply historian111z January 31, 2009 at 11:54 am

    does it curve left or right? for me….

  • Reply Chris Smith April 13, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    The American twist is probably one of the hardest (and coolest serves) to get down. Im still mastering this one. You definitely don't hit it flat at all. I started by hitting the ball completely side ways (almost like a rainbow) over my head for sidespin. Now Im practicing slicing the ball more up and over for more topspin and a bigger kick. Once you really master these two combinations you get a sick serve that makes you feel as if your pitching a curve a ball.

  • Reply blank July 5, 2009 at 11:45 pm

    this guy is retarded.
    -slice curves to the left
    -flat has a straight path
    -topspin dips down and then shoots up high
    -kick spins out to the right with the dip of a kick serve
    the American Twist Serve is the serve that starts out appearing like a normal slice serve, but at the bounce, it reverses direction and kicks to the right. Therefore, it begins by curving to the left and then changes direction AFTER THE BOUNCE. I use this serve so i know the dynamics to it

  • Reply blank July 5, 2009 at 11:46 pm

    this is based on a right handed player

  • Reply CCDRaydiance September 7, 2009 at 5:44 am

    Expert my ass.

  • Reply ZinoAmare November 19, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    Agree Beginners dont know then how they "American Twist serve"shall look like…

  • Reply Tyrone Franchize July 25, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    ryoma echizen is way better

  • Reply Jose Ferreira September 8, 2010 at 5:37 pm

    Mada Mada Dane

  • Reply GreatestCreation909 October 13, 2010 at 11:02 pm

    This guy… He hit the net. I heard it. lol.

  • Reply GreatestCreation909 July 5, 2011 at 10:24 pm

    lol, how can any of you even tell. we don't see the action on the ball so regardless of what his arm looks like, follow through, we can't tell if the ball even went across the net.

  • Reply Jacky Lin July 24, 2012 at 2:00 am

    he seems to has his left and rights mixed up…when you're right handed the break to the left is the american twist…the the right break is a normal kicker i believe…either that or he suddenly switched to returning point of view…he's right from returning point of view but if he's the server…i think he messed up o_O

  • Reply tim chung November 11, 2012 at 5:10 am

    this guy doesn't know what he's talking about.

  • Reply Mogardie January 14, 2013 at 12:23 am

    He doesnt know too much what he is talking about but the serve is actually extremely dominating at the high school level

  • Reply Jay Noel Reyes September 4, 2016 at 11:58 pm

    He's pronating early and hitting the ball more from 3 o'clock to 9 o'clock, which is NOT an American Twist Serve. An American Twist is brushing up on the ball from about 7 to 1 o'clock – it's a mix of topspin and slice. The ball will curve like a topspin/kick serve, but then suddenly jump sideways towards the receiver's backhand. (This is all coming from a right hander's perspective).

  • Reply branden tele-marty February 19, 2018 at 3:31 pm

    He doesn't even know how to correctly hot a topspin serve

  • Reply Karl Allcourtsport October 10, 2019 at 12:22 pm

    Almost like a pitcher serving a screw ball…

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