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TENNIS KICK SERVE: How To Hit A Tennis Kick Serve

October 19, 2019

Okay guys, Jeff Salzenstein here and in this video, we’re going to talk about the serve and how you can take your serve to the next level. I’ve got a drill that I’ve used the last couple of years that’s helped create amazing results to teach somebody how to hit a topspin serve. Now, a lot of beginner and intermediate players,
they have more of a slice serve that tosses too far to the right for a right-hander and what we do is a drill called “Dirty Diaper.” Now, this drill was named because I had
an 8-year old student at the time. he felt like at the end of the stroke he was holding his 3-year old brother’s dirty diaper,
so, hence the name. and we’re going to go through a demo of that. I’m going to explain the concepts behind the Dirty Diaper and it’s going to help you have a great
kick serve someday. So, I highly recommend that you try this out,
enjoy the video, and yeah, talk to you later. Alright serving fans, you’re ready to
take your serve to the next level and I’ve got a drill for you that we use every day to help our players take their serves to the next level. Now, the key to this drill that you’re going to practice is you’ve got to get down on one knee to
take your legs out of the picture because oftentimes when you’re standing up, you can cheat by putting the toss in different places. You can reach out and hit slice. There’s a lot of different things that can
go wrong when you’re standing up. So, we put players, adults, and juniors on their knee. Okay, you want to have one leg up
so that you have some balance and you’re going to toss the ball over your head and you’re going to learn how to swing in this direction. Now, when you do that, the key is you’ve got to
stay sideways when you do that motion. A lot of times when people serve,
we’ve seen it on video over and over again they’re going to be facing the net. Okay, so the key is to lean in and stay sideways like this. Now, we call this drill the Dirty Diaper drill because we’ve got it from an 8-year old student last year who said at the very end of the motion, it felt like he was holding a dirty diaper. Now, this 8-year old has a 2-year old brother
at home, and you can only imagine maybe he’s changing the diapers at home but irregardless, what you want to do
is you want to toss the ball above your head not over to the side and you want to stay sideways, and you want to finish like you’re holding the dirty diaper. Now, this is one of our top drills to teach people
how to hit a top spin or how to hit a kick serve because it’s so important for you to learn control,
and to be able to take your serve to the next level. Okay, we’ve got the side view here of me as a lefty and when I finish the motion,
you’ll see the strings facing me and the toss has to be above my head. If the toss goes too far in front and to the left, then I’m going to fall over, and we’ve seen players
falling over when they get on their knees like this. So, it really forces the toss to get in to the right place over the head, and hitting a nice top spin or kick serve. You’ll notice that when I’m swinging at the very end, again, the strings are facing me my shoulders are tilted. So, this is a great drill to keep you from
opening up too early and facing the net. Here I am as a righty. Same deal going on, you can tell
the shoulders are tilted at the end of the motion. the hand is relaxed at the end,
and the arm is slightly bent. Oftentimes, you will see players, when they finish on the kick motion here on the right side, the arm will be completely straight,
but the arm is bent, the hand is relaxed, the body is leaning in to the court,
but the shoulders are tilted. So, instead of facing the net, the shoulders are tilted. Boris Becker and Stefan Edberg
old-school serving volleys to finish on the same side of their body,
I highly recommend it to learn a top spin or kick serve.


  • Reply Volen S. January 26, 2011 at 8:32 am

    Superb drill!!! You just can't get the ball over the net if you don't do everything well (as you pointed out you can't "cheat"). Thanks a lot!!!

  • Reply albesca February 9, 2011 at 7:58 am

    I seem the arm swings using a double pivot …forearm around the elbow and hand around the wrist …

  • Reply albesca February 9, 2011 at 8:09 am

    At first the elbow pivot goes in position …then stops in the air and allow the forearm accelerates around …. near the contact the wrist snaps and so doing adds more acceleration and drives the raq. face trought the ball. Hope i have understood.

  • Reply DawnOfDoom12 February 21, 2011 at 7:42 am

    Does holding the racket higher up the grip make a difference ?

  • Reply durich1000 April 4, 2011 at 8:38 pm

    Thanks Jeff, this is an awsome tip. Especially the one about the shoulders tilted. I was overlooking that really.

  • Reply ravi48819 April 20, 2011 at 12:32 am

    How to hit a Twist Serve (where the ball curves to the receiver's right in the air and then
    to the receiver's left on the bounce)?

  • Reply Blake May 4, 2011 at 3:30 am

    Hey coach, does the tip for staying sideways apply to the first serve also?

  • Reply paradox963 June 20, 2011 at 4:19 am

    @TrippleLee From the dictionary
    irregardless |ˌiriˈgärdlis|
    adjective & adverb informal
    ORIGIN early 20th cent.: probably a blend of irrespective and regardless .
    USAGE Irregardless, with its illogical negative prefix, is widely heard, perhaps arising under the influence of such perfectly correct forms as : irrespective.

  • Reply Aon Lazio July 23, 2011 at 6:33 am

    Thanks, I will try this and post video for u to criticize.

  • Reply Robert Hemmings August 5, 2011 at 5:46 am

    @TennisCoachTV you're not a master of tennis either

  • Reply Aon Lazio August 16, 2011 at 5:23 am

    @Veneratio10 Don't u dare insult my master.

  • Reply Andrew Rowlands September 20, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    haha, looks like that makes no kick at all

  • Reply Pat D October 28, 2011 at 6:50 am

    shouldn't you spray the handle with some anti bacterial spray after this drill?

  • Reply Doug Maverick November 28, 2011 at 4:18 am

    Great video.
    you must be pretty coordinated being able to hit a kick serve with both arms.
    I hope I can get this soon.

  • Reply lPsykol December 13, 2011 at 12:07 am

    prince of tennis got me here

  • Reply Chris Truong January 1, 2012 at 1:35 am

    Is it just me.. Or is the sound only coming out from my left speaker..

  • Reply February 4, 2012 at 11:37 pm

    Top spin serves are not easy… but fun once mastered..

  • Reply Eric Kent February 15, 2012 at 1:39 am

    Awesome drill, I especially like how it mentions how your shoulders and hitting arm should look on the finish. Not enough instruction on how to change a dirty diaper though.

  • Reply Kenneth Vu March 28, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    talk too much

  • Reply Ethan Lang April 8, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    My left ear learnt a lot from this video.

  • Reply boxinginfo April 15, 2012 at 12:28 am

    Great video Jeff- I would further emphasize trying to hit the "inside" of the ball and stress not the back of it. I wish I could find the World Tennis magazine that chronicled you at the 12 and under nationals with Krunch Kloberdanz, Jeff Giraldo (your doubles partner?) Vince Spadea, JJ from NC. I remember Steffi Graf was on the cover and remember in your part it said Brian Dunn didn't take any volleys or overheads during warmup for the final, said he looked spooked. Great videos!

  • Reply gage higgins April 22, 2012 at 1:24 am


  • Reply Raze973 April 29, 2012 at 2:15 am

    I was looking forward to do the drill but sadly my knees are always in pain

  • Reply Tim Nguyen May 7, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    Could you film it so we could see the drill from the back perspective? I'd like to know how the ball should travel if done correctly.

  • Reply Matthew Trotman May 18, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    When I do a slice serve, I can hit it from left to right ( I am left handed ) however when I hit it from the other side it goes to a topspin serve ! WTF! Any help ?

  • Reply henky June 8, 2012 at 9:06 am

    this drill is very bad for your arm becuz ur not finishing your swing, but your aborting your swing halfway.

  • Reply NB180 June 12, 2012 at 12:39 am

    my right ear is jealous of my left

  • Reply Shin Seijuro June 12, 2012 at 5:54 am

    i cant hear it

  • Reply Matthew Trotman July 21, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    I do kick serves that go about 8 feet in the air and I don,t do it like this !

  • Reply richman1703 July 26, 2012 at 1:29 am

    me too

  • Reply Fimbulvetr July 27, 2012 at 5:16 am

    Our team has drills called Superstars, Olympic, Deep Desperation, Doubles up, and We Got Doubles. Dirty Diapers is definitely not a weird name. I'm pretty sure it's just for stupid fun.

  • Reply KnightMD August 8, 2012 at 10:24 am

    Fast forward to 1:30

  • Reply MinT Fresh August 21, 2012 at 1:52 am

    good video and great tip! Thanks!!!

  • Reply tinkuge October 14, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    My left ear enjoyed this video -_-

  • Reply yolpp October 21, 2012 at 2:01 am

    mada mada dane

  • Reply Matthew Trotman January 12, 2013 at 1:33 am

    I,ve learnt a good kick but it ain't quite like this !

  • Reply jeff spence February 3, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    It's a great pronation drill as well.

  • Reply shantanumlk February 10, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    i tried so hard and i got soo faaarrrrr…..
    but in the end it dosent even matter

  • Reply Jonathan White February 23, 2013 at 3:41 am

    That's a great way to get tennis elbow. You don't want to be "holding that dirty diaper" for too long. You want to finish out in front.

  • Reply Will Henley March 26, 2013 at 2:05 am

    My left ear enjoyed the first part of the video.

  • Reply otakunovi21 September 1, 2013 at 2:31 am

    wait a kick serve actually exist I thought this was another move prince if tennis made up

  • Reply Manuel Bergmann September 9, 2013 at 12:24 am

    I got interested in tennis then I watched Prince of tennis

  • Reply capoman1 August 5, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    Your claim to fame Jeff, "The Dirty Diaper."

  • Reply IMightBeJesus69 April 14, 2015 at 6:47 pm

    I'm wondering if I can serve like that during a match just to mess with my opponent. 🙂

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