Hi, my name’s Lincoln Ward. I’m a USPTA certified
teaching pro here in Austin,Texas with the Lone Star Tennis Company. Today we’re going
to talk about your ball toss. There are three different ball tosses you can use. And that
will help determine what kind of serve you’re going to hit. But the most important part
about your toss is how you hold your ball. A lot of people tend to hold the ball in their
palm and roll it off their fingers when they throw it in the air. That tends to make the
ball spin and does not make for a consistent ball toss. Your ball toss is the number one
key to having a consistent serve. If you toss the ball over your front foot, with the weight
over your front foot, and hold the ball as if it were your favorite drink, maybe a Dr.
Pepper or Sprite, you want to hold it out here in front, facing straight up. Don’t tip
your drink over or it’s going to spill out. You always want to have your two fingers and
your thumb on it. The least amount of surface area touching possible. Now, for a flat serve,
you want to toss the ball at about a forty-five degree angle into the court. Your arm should
make a forty-five degree angle with the baseline. When you toss the ball, you’re going to throw
it up, release at your nose, and the ball will go straight up in the air. If your ball
goes back behind you, that means you released it after your nose. If it goes too far in
front, you released it before you got to your nose. If you’re going to hit a slice serve,
instead of tossing the ball out into the court, you’re going to move your hand over here and
toss it up right along the baseline. Straight up, same thing goes. You’re going to release
the ball at your nose so the ball goes straight up in the air. If you release the ball after
your nose it’ll go back behind you and you won’t hit a sliced serve. If you release the
ball beneath the level of your nose, the ball will go too far out, and you’re going to have
to really reach around and it’s not going to make for a consistent serve. The third
ball toss is for your top spin serve. You’re going to throw it just along the baseline
again, but this time you’re going to release it a little bit later so the ball goes right
above your head. This is a top spin serve. You want to reach up and make contact over
your head throwing your racket up to the sky. Now, a real easy way to create a consistent
serve is by putting your racket on the ground with the handle close to your foot, continue
tossing the ball up and letting it drop, and seeing if you can consistently make that ball
drop on the head of your racket. If you drop it around, you know your ball toss isn’t consistent.
And make sure you toss the ball a good nine to twelve inches above your head. It’s not
fair if you just hold your ball out and drop it. That’s kind of cheating. So toss the ball
up about nine to twelve inches, and you’ll have a dynamite ball toss. That was how to
toss your service ball. I’m Lincoln Ward. Thank you very much.

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37 thoughts on “How to Play Tennis : How to Toss a Ball When Serving in Tennis”

  1. Good tips, but i have to repeat one of his techniques to him, consistency, in his speech, and thought. maybe he should hold his thought with less nerves.

  2. hey.. im not a coach

    but change ur technique b4 it doesnt work for u wen u get older (what my coach ses)

    and u dnt hav to toss it low to take it early, u can toss it high and go up 2 the ball

  3. @mrgamer500able Yes you are suposed to toss it high (not too high). At the correct height, you'll have time to finish the service motion. Don't hit the ball as soon as you toss it, you hit it as its coming down. Be sure you leave the tossing arm in the air to help time it right when you hit it. Its gonna take some time but practice as much as you can and it'll improve.

  4. no doubt it was a nice coaching tips to me who is a beginner, you know I never realized till now that it I was spinning the ball by tossing from my palm. But I wish there was some visuals to provide more clarity about 45 deg angle. And, which line is the baseline?

  5. made me think of something to which I never paid much attention. It would be a better video if you got all the dang words off the screen so I could see what he's doing!

  6. ah thanks for the vid really,jsut to tell the general public,ball toss IS SUPER IMPORTANT,u can have the best timing and serve swing,but if the ball isnt at the spot where you want it to be,ITS IRRITATING AND will mess up your serve big time,
    i used to toss with the ball at my palm,and it rolls off and have tendency not to be straight up but to the side

  7. @5tonyvvvv Welll, LOVE comes from the french word l'oeuf meaning egg.. This is used as a zero looks like an egg. Although there isa word for zero in french(zero itself)they use love in tennis. If you actually observe a tennis match in Roland Garos..the mathc umpire says zero and not love…for exaple 15-0 is quinze-zero….

  8. @5tonyvvvv Welll, LOVE comes from the french word l'oeuf meaning egg.. This is used as a zero looks like an egg. Although there is a word for zero in french(zero itself)they use 'love' in tennis. If you actually observe a tennis match in Roland Garos..the match umpire says zero and not love…for example 15-0 is quinze-zero….

  9. @aviramdj well it was ok if he said hold it like your gripping a computer mouse that would have annoyed me btw do u play

  10. Your doing it all wrong..you need to square up to the line..and stand up straight..u need practice..

  11. Your doing it all wrong..you need to square up to the line..and stand up straight..u need practice..

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