Articles, Blog

Tennis Serve & Return Tips : American Twist Serve in Tennis

November 6, 2019

In this clip we’re going to talk to you about
the American Twist Serve. You might have heard you know Sampras use this quite a bit, Andre
Agassi use this quite a bit, a lot of players on actually on tour, but they use them on
specific serves, certain locations. This is the American Twist, a lot more advanced, it’s
pretty tough but the idea is you’re getting the combination between slice and top spin.
For top spin you’re going from six to twelve, going straight up. For slice, you’re going
to be hitting that three o’clock, that right side position right there. So now you’re going
to be trying to hit in between, maybe two o’clock, maybe one o’clock right there. Trying
to go up at an angle to create the ball to go sideways, hit the ground, and then come
out. So that the ball is still going to dip in the court but it’s supposed to hit the
ground then come out a little bit. I’ll do a slow motion version of this. Now that ball
should come out a little bit. There we go, it’s going to have a little bit of a jump.
Once you start getting more racket speed and more movement on it, and again you have to
hit the right angle. If you don’t get the right angle it’s just going to be a normal
kick serve, like those kind of were. So what we’re going to do right here, is going to
get these, I’m going to try to get that kicker out more. There we go, a little bit of jump
out wide, a little bit of a curve. Right there, yeah that one was a nice one right there and
it jumped out, you have that twist so. The idea is to get the ball to, to get them to
go from here and then get them to reach out in that high backhand, the ball is actually
spinning away from them a little bit more. So again, the important thing on this one,
just like you’re hitting the kicker, if you don’t have the kicker then don’t attempt this,
it’s pretty tough. You’re going at an angle, not straight up and not around, more at an
angle. Trying to hit that angle on your serve to get this American Twist to be able to jump
out. That is the America Twist. Good luck with it.


  • Reply NO1xANIMExFAN July 1, 2011 at 11:55 pm

    Ryoma's twist serve is theoretically possibe but its not.

  • Reply GreatestCreation909 July 5, 2011 at 10:23 pm

    @NO1xANIMExFAN if you had enough rpm on the ball, it is possible but it would require a car engine or something to cause that spin. no arm can generate that.

  • Reply ptitchici July 6, 2011 at 5:25 am

    mada mada dane .

  • Reply Gary Calliham July 6, 2011 at 5:58 am

    Of course this is possible, I use this serve often in matches it is a great serve to have in your arsenal if you can do it. I am glad to see someone teaching this serve!

  • Reply afshiro8 July 8, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    This is one of the only expertvillage videos that is actually worth watching.

    At least for tennis.

  • Reply d11ng July 19, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    mada mada dane

  • Reply Lucimakis August 3, 2011 at 11:18 pm

    I want echizen as my tennis teacher!!

  • Reply Pistachio Nut August 15, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    Look at the amount of videos he has got .
    I wanna like for each one on this comment

  • Reply hugoboy971 August 19, 2011 at 6:37 am

    Mada Mada Dane

  • Reply Scooby-Doo August 25, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    Mada mada dane XD

  • Reply Alejandro Giraldo Forero August 31, 2011 at 11:37 pm

    y yo que me lo imaginaba como ryoma echizen

  • Reply Bailey Nguyen September 3, 2011 at 8:57 am

    Prince of tennis fans!?

  • Reply phate867 September 20, 2011 at 11:37 am

    Dude you have a long way to go before doing it like ryoma's lol ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Reply lblbates October 2, 2011 at 1:06 am

    did everybody come here becuase of the prince of tennis? haha ๐Ÿ˜›

  • Reply lblbates October 2, 2011 at 1:06 am

    i got into tennis by the prince of tennis anime

  • Reply Ionic Pulse October 12, 2011 at 2:06 am

    @lblbates pretty much

  • Reply chldjwls October 18, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    who hits a kick serve from 6 to 12 lol.. its ganna fly if u do that

  • Reply Xizel October 30, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    @funnyduck40 The kick serve is a topspin serve. The twist serve is a SPECIFIC kick serve. It has a small sidespin component that allows it to break rightward upon bounce. There's sometimes a third kind of kick serve (has topspin). It has a larger sidespin component, with an even ratio of topspin to sidespin. That's the topspin-slice serve that behaves like a regular slice serve. Curves left and continues left upon bounce. That's the spin pros use on their first serve.

  • Reply xEimi907 November 8, 2011 at 6:41 am

    haha i like how the top 2 comments are about Prince of Tennis ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply M&R GAMING December 4, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    i love prince of tennis because now im pro at it

  • Reply chldjwls January 2, 2012 at 6:12 am

    @ahmedbdhaif 6 to 12 is only a concept. because, when hitting a serve, the servers arm brush up and out away from the body in the dominant hands direction, most players hit from 7 to 1 or 8 to 2 this gives side spin that allows for variations as well. so yeah 6 to 12 is not the right thing to do

  • Reply Jeremy l January 5, 2012 at 8:29 am

    Anyone come here NOT because of the bloody manga/anime

  • Reply Elliven96 January 5, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    the twist serve is possible O.O i did my own style. i change a bit about the slice by not using it. lets just do like ur smashing except you put enough top spin. well, it only works twice in my game.

  • Reply Cloud6312 January 8, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    @lblbates It;s amazing how Prince of Tennis Effected so many people I was a tennis player already, but when I watched it I was wanting to do half of the shots.

  • Reply Cloud6312 January 8, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    @pinkpanther31 it is possible :), I have a player at my club who did a twist serve that nearly hit me in the face as I am a southpaw (Lefty) lol, so is the Hadoukyuu (Kawamura), Moon Volley (oishi) and other one lol.
    The only impossibles moves that I haven't ever seen in real life is the Spot tennis by Ibu Shinji and Tezuka Zone lol

  • Reply NO1xANIMExFAN January 16, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    @lblbates same here!!! lol

  • Reply NG Michel February 3, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    @Cloud6312 teach me zero shiki drop shot serve please. also super mega ultra delicious arashi mega well u know kintaro shot lol

  • Reply NG Michel February 3, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    @Cloud6312 yea zero shiki drop shot is way too difficult , imagine about dat serve….
    XD i know about super mega ……..
    cool drive GG

  • Reply Cloud6312 February 5, 2012 at 9:57 am

    @MapleJumpQuest I would to have a zero shiki serve XD lmao that would to be epic to watch you opponent just stand there in shock…. WAIT there is a guy who can do the zero shiki zero – Andy Roddick ๐Ÿ˜€ lmfao watch?v=yXL-gtksKY8 hahaha

  • Reply matilda March 1, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    i used to hate tennis but after watching the first episode of prince of tennis i loved it ^_^ anime rocks

  • Reply Jazeoth April 5, 2012 at 1:41 am

    Lol I've also watched tennis no ouji sama and wanted to start tennis ever since.

  • Reply 258legolas April 7, 2012 at 2:28 am

    same here

  • Reply 258legolas April 7, 2012 at 2:29 am

    mada made… dane

  • Reply Xim April 9, 2012 at 3:25 am

    You still have lots to work on… Mada mada Dane

  • Reply Xim April 9, 2012 at 3:26 am

    Ryomas twist serve is much better. It hits almost the face with pinpoint accuracy.

  • Reply [OCB] April 12, 2012 at 5:49 am

    Yea its pretty much just a kick serve with a bit of slice.

  • Reply Paulina Seng April 28, 2012 at 2:33 am

    Once I'll learn this, I'll be the new Ryoma Echizen.

  • Reply CunSeeDat May 14, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    None of us can Ryoma, unless your ball spins like a top on the floor for 2 seconds, and hits my face, mada mada dane.

  • Reply Matthew Trotman May 18, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    I,ve only just learnt a slice serve , I am a lefty and for some reason from right to left it,s topspin and left to right it,s slice, sure il get used to it thought !

  • Reply 123dog May 19, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    well, a kicker is normally a top spin serve that bounces high, a twist serve gives the ball more "twist", making it bounce more to the left side of your opponent. it is used mostly in a second serve (safer serve), but the goal is to have your opponent reach out for the ball (making them out of position)

  • Reply Matthew Trotman May 22, 2012 at 11:49 pm

    As a lefty I I guess I am going for 10 or 11 !

  • Reply Keith W. May 30, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    thank god for pot!

  • Reply Matthew Trotman June 7, 2012 at 10:51 pm

    Turns out I got my al

  • Reply matt white July 5, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    the kick isn't that great, but the first time a public court player sees it, it will hit him in the chest. haha

  • Reply Tee Raww July 16, 2012 at 9:15 am


  • Reply SuperAznPersuasian July 20, 2012 at 7:06 am

    lol same

  • Reply marian August 6, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    me too xD

  • Reply JJETT824 August 10, 2012 at 5:38 am

    If only i could master Tezaku's dropshot or Kadiou's boomerang snake!

  • Reply MissJuiceyFruit August 22, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    whoospie i meant how

  • Reply MissJuiceyFruit September 18, 2012 at 6:18 am

    who didn't

  • Reply Matthew Trotman September 24, 2012 at 12:36 am

    Ok well , I ,ve got a slice serve and I,ve got a kick serve but my kick is real weak , the Kick is a monster , but it,s slow as ass .

  • Reply Matthew Trotman September 24, 2012 at 12:40 am

    My slice is pretty good thought and I can do a real extreme slice sometimes . How can I get a better kick serve ? I try do the same ball toss for kick as I don,t want it to be obvious

  • Reply Anime Otaku September 25, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    I miss the price of tennis >.<

  • Reply KuroKami94 October 4, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    Yess ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Reply gamekillas October 7, 2012 at 10:35 pm

    omg me tooooo

  • Reply MrMmorpgman November 20, 2012 at 6:51 am

    XD the ryoma-kun of the human world

  • Reply Matthew Trotman November 25, 2012 at 2:07 am

    I,ve seen a good coach and I have a kick serve ( of sorts ) now . Doesn't go to the side all that much but it does bounce high . Slice serve . I am not really sure if I quite have the mechanics of a good slice serve yet , sometimes I get them right and they go really wide . I seem to have a slightly loopy slice serve . If I hit it on the forhand side really hard it works sometimes.

  • Reply muslee100 February 20, 2013 at 9:57 pm


  • Reply muslee100 February 20, 2013 at 9:58 pm


  • Reply muslee100 February 20, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    there is a prince of tennis 2 have u seen that as well

  • Reply Sendou Aichi March 10, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    i don't think that was twist service

  • Reply LollyLovingGummybear March 12, 2013 at 2:05 am

    Lolz got here cause of prince of tennis <3

  • Reply Nancy Wang April 1, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    Here because prince of Tennis too LMFAOOAOO


  • Reply Panzer Check April 6, 2013 at 3:26 am

    i watch prince of tennis and i discorved twist seve

  • Reply MarkDennis Buron April 29, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    holy crap the twist serve is real! . . . . . . do saiyan's exist? i dont know what to believe anymore

  • Reply thewaterman122 May 10, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    I wish this guy was my teacher, he's great at explaining

  • Reply ricky vaj May 12, 2013 at 7:18 am

    prince of tennis caught my attention to tennis

  • Reply Rohan June 12, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    Nice one!

  • Reply Sadeer Issa June 25, 2013 at 7:09 am

    i swear same here 1st episode XD

  • Reply Sadeer Issa June 25, 2013 at 7:10 am

    Prince of tennis ! 1st episode twist serve !
    me wth is this O.o not real…
    watched this video IMMA LEARN THAT SHIZ ! xD

  • Reply Sadeer Issa June 25, 2013 at 7:11 am

    its epic !
    only 13 episodes though :'(

  • Reply Sadeer Issa June 25, 2013 at 7:12 am

    holy shiz !
    twist serve is real
    Prince of tennis XD

  • Reply Christoph L July 22, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    I have a slice serve with topspin, and I can variate them as I want. But it never jumps to the right. Any tips?!?

  • Reply Christoph L July 23, 2013 at 9:46 am

    Im sorry, I mean spin. And I do all mixtures between topspin and side spin, but it always goes left. I can even hit with topspin (pretty much) and no sidespin and it doesn't kick to the right, but stays straight. What am I doing wrong?

  • Reply pablo2by4GotBanned July 26, 2013 at 2:04 am

    Mada mada dane…

  • Reply Matthew Trotman August 2, 2013 at 10:44 pm

    I can do a kick serve . I can kick it out to some nasty angles as well . I am sure I can do this as well .

  • Reply TinoDelvarges August 24, 2013 at 3:07 am

    Mada mada dane.

  • Reply Matthew Trotman October 5, 2013 at 12:23 am

    So it's a kick serve that moves sideways a bit lol

  • Reply JC November 8, 2013 at 2:28 am

    that was a gnarly serve man!

  • Reply Newton peace December 18, 2013 at 6:18 am

    Ryoma Echizen twist serve much better than that..mada mada dane..

  • Reply Allison Ho December 29, 2013 at 9:23 am

    Haha, if only it flyies up to your opponent's face like in Tenipuri, then you can 'mada mada dane' them like Ryoma….

  • Reply goo February 8, 2014 at 5:19 pm

    wait are all the tennis moves in Prince Of Tennis real?

  • Reply goo February 8, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    he is doing it WRONG

  • Reply owen lim April 26, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    Mada mada Dane, anyone have a real twist server tutorial for me based on ryoma? I wanna learn

  • Reply HanSDevX April 29, 2014 at 4:17 am

    mada mada dane

  • Reply uma krishnan June 21, 2014 at 3:33 am

    Oh god. I guess I'm not the only person who was trying to be like Ryoma…
    sigh Mada Mada dane. But man, I was wishing for the twist serve to hit someone's face. ย Man, Ryoma's twist serve is so cool!

  • Reply Emily Xu June 24, 2014 at 12:39 am

    I was totally searching "how to do a twist serve" just for fun to see if any of the Prince of Tennis techniques were real. But dang, that serve is slow…… you can't hit someone in the face with that……. they have too much time to dodge!

  • Reply Roshan Khan August 13, 2014 at 5:29 am

    mada mada dane

  • Reply Psych October 10, 2014 at 2:14 am

    I saw the white hat and red racket and I was just like Ryoma?!?! xD

  • Reply Matthew Trotman October 16, 2014 at 11:21 pm

    I have a kick serve , a pretty decent one ( mainly second serve thought) how the hell do you get it to jump out to the right as a right hander ? I did'nt think that was possible. I am a lefty. I can get it to go out to the right but how did you get it to curve right as a righty ?

  • Reply Hussein Kiza December 24, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    mada mada daneย 

  • Reply KingsCandidate IV December 31, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    Mada Mada Daze

  • Reply Bruno Corno February 26, 2016 at 9:59 pm

    Mada mada dane

  • Reply Uncle Vim April 22, 2017 at 4:00 am

    Mada Mada Dane ojisan

  • Reply rodney Gameplay September 9, 2017 at 3:48 am

    Mada mada dane

  • Reply [ YD ] RV. May 3, 2018 at 7:58 pm

    Mada mada dane

  • Reply Viridus August 5, 2018 at 1:11 pm

    yare yare daze

  • Reply ZSasha _ May 8, 2019 at 11:19 pm


  • Reply Matthew Trotman May 19, 2019 at 12:20 am

    Interesting too see the ball kicking out in that direction . Wonder how on earth you could get it too spin out that way if you are imparting slice . I know it is somewhere between slice and topspin but still.

  • Reply Ruth Anne Miguel July 27, 2019 at 10:10 pm

    Mada mada dane

  • Leave a Reply