the next thing about playing singles is the serve. we want to grid your opponent so that you can think about where to serve to them no one hits the ball well in this grid nine boxes, since there are inherent weaknesses of the grips and tall people have trouble with 7 8 and 9 short people have problems with 1 2 3 old guys have trouble with 4 5 6 when you go straight power at them when you see these different serves can you tell what they are? by watching me hit this ball at my opponent let’s break it down serve tactics begin with why so we want to talk to you about the why every grip has a weakness change your serve you can hit to different places semi-western/western grip have problem with 7 8 9 zones continental grips/eastern grips have trouble with high balls 1 2 3 two handed backhands have the 3 zone and the 9 zones the lefty forehand two handed backhand (where the right hand is just a support item) use the left hand as a left hand fh there’s the normal two handed backhand what do i mean by that this guy is hitting a lefty two handed forehand a left handed shot then semi-western see the face closing up so more balls 7 8 9 that might not be a problem on the forehand side semi western fh so low balls will be a problem also got to know what you’re doing put the ball in zone 7 8 talking about return of serve talk about this for we are focusing on return of serve primarily this guy has more of a traditional backhand where the two hands are working together very flat on impact straight back right into the ball face is parallel perpendicular to the ground hits it very flat zones 2 3 ball would be a problem for this backhand you need to know what your opponent is hitting it’s helps you chose what serve to use against them that was a topspin/slice serve together to get a higher bounce i like to mix hybrid serves so it’s not all topspin. not all slice all flat plus and a minus if my flat serve were more truly flat it would be harder serve flat serve genereally go 5 and 6 slice go to 9 kick serves go to 1, 2, and 3 that’s the way I think about it a nice slice tough come over it slice and come up a little bit on the ball so the ball doesn’t stay down comes up just a tad see it on the bounce see how it comes up and down generally throw your opponent off serve is like you’re a (baseball pitcher) change the ball to different zone flat serve with a bit of slice that ball will break into it after it lands that’s what you want to have happen you want to keep them guessing you want serve body serve to the backhand you can tell watch the curl at the end i hit it flat see how it leaves my hand it starts to curl and that’s how you get to 9 and 8 when you serve to someone serve the ball down the middle slice breaks it in you got to think about the court also so when you serve shot, it’s not just about where you serve or how you serve topspin, flat or slice it’s about where you’re landing the ball on the service box facilitate that i do in my head think about those things as i serve the ball i divide the service box into three zones 1 2 3 my slice serve breaks wide at 1 2 is when i hit the ball right at my opponent 3 is right down the middle you can put them together slice serve down the middle to 3 and let the ball break into your opponent kick serve into 2 so ball breaks into your opponent serve to 1 twist it break into your opponent that’s how I think serve line up the court i see the zones in my head and hit the serve plan where it’s going to be flat serve impact with a slight slice. you’ll see at the end watch how my opponent reacts see the ball curve off the frame see it curving land it at 3 break into him what you want to see happening divide the service box into threes really helps you to aim at the court i even some times put arrows indicator at that net above where i’m serving so I know where I’m serving the ball i place the target above the net that way I know it will pass through above the net, hit the court and bounce to my opponent my opponent you got to see what works for you when you’re serving I like to divide the court into threes it really helps me to facilitate where I want to serve it’s also part of my signals for doubles then the kicker is is flat out a normal kicker keep the ball down the middle of the court try get the ball up that’s my high kick i use my back arch the key is you got to have a serve that pushes them back he could have came in on it give yourself time to hit the next shot balance out the necessity to move the ball around and having a high percentage second serve the higher I get the ball over the net the higher it kicks in I serve a lot to the backhand that’s a second serve the backhand of a lefty that is the key, it’s slower serve so you get a higher kick I’m able to serve it wide also that’s a kick serve to the wide where as he is left handed so it’s to his backhand draw an error so when you’re serving the beauty of it is that it’s a hard slice into the body between 2 and 3 on the court breaks into him and right into him then, I get a weak shot or just a hard slice wide but this kind of variety break it down with the court the three different zones and you change the spins gives you so much variety in a serve 9 different possibilities that’s a twist away it’s lands at (zone) 2 and comes into 3 comes up so you mix the serve up with the different zones on the court to get the different positiions on the person on the return i like to really do that even on backhand side and what I do is try to odd things to this doesn’t come out the way I want to. I was thinking serve slice wide to 3 so this makes the slice break to the left so you serve it to 1 but by moving it around really makes a difference in your return of serve serving pattern so grid your opponent zone the service box and you can practice on your own creating variety on your serve you make your opponent crazy get a weak return and they do crazy stuff like this

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