Tennis is a very challenging and physical game. Like any other sport, it consists of four things, technical, tactical, physical and mental. You must learn each and every aspect of these four traits in order to be successful at a competitive level.

There are different types of serve in tennis and you must learn all to be easily able to hold your service games. Flat serve, slice serve, kick serve. When to use which serve? What are the advantages and disadvantages of each serve? Let’s have a look.

  • Flat Serve

Advantages:

Speed & Power: In flat serve there is negligible spin added to the ball, so the ball has 100% the amount of speed that you hit the ball. The faster the serve, the minimum is the time your opponent has to return the ball which will, in turn cause error from your opponent. Similarly, hitting the ball with power will add weight to the ball. Again, this will end up in making an error from your opponent

More chances of hitting an Ace: Since flat serve has the speed and power, a right position of the ball will become an ace most of the times. You just have to place the ball correctly to hit an accurate ace

Disadvantages:

Difficult against some players: When you are playing your match against a top player, you will have a less advantage of flat. Because good players tend to return the flat serves very powerfully and accurately

Less time to react: When you hit a good flat serve and your opponent also returns the ball forcefully, you’ll have very little time to hit the ball

 

  • Slice Serve

Advantages

Easy & Natural to hit: One of the easiest of serves because it is quite natural for all the players. While hitting a slice serve, you’ll also hit the ball with the angle and make the ball move diagonally

Opens up the court: A good slice serve will open up the court for you. Hit the ball with the angle into the corner to open the court then boom, winner. Point is done

Disadvantages:

Slow in speed: A slice serve might have the additional spin on it but it is slow in speed thus your opponent has a chance to hit the return forcefully

Players judge the slice serve: Good players often judge what type of serve you are about to hit. A slice serve might have a different toss and this will allow your opponent to pre-adjust himself for the serve

  • Kick Serve

Advantages:

Consistency & control: A kick serve is the most reliable serve and it will take you out of trouble in tough situations. The consistency comes from the fact that the kick serve is hit high above the net with significant topspin which causes the ball to drop back into the service box. As a result, the kick serve can naturally decrease a player’s margin of error. Similarly the heavy topspin on the ball gives players the extra control

High bounce: What makes kick serve so effective? It’s the high bounce that the ball gets. When you hit the ball from 7 o’clock to 1 o’clock, the extra spin you put on the ball will make it bounce wildly and over the shoulder of your opponent

Disadvantages:

Slower speed: The kick serve is usually very accurate but it has slower speeds. This gives opponents enough time to react on the ball. If the kick serve is not properly executed, its effectiveness will fade away and your opponent will pounce upon you

Too predictable: Since, kick serve is very much reliable serve and almost all the players use it for 2nd serve almost all the times, so it is always predictable that a kick serve is coming

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