HOW TO Hit A Slice Serve – Tennis Lesson

HOW TO Hit A Slice Serve – Tennis Lesson


– Hey guys, Scott and
Nate from PlayYourCourt. Today we’re going to show
you how to hit a slice serve. (whoosh)
(pop) All right guys today we’re
talking about how to hit a slice serve. This video is for players
with a PlayYourCourt rating between fifty and sixty. If you’re not familiar
with our rating system, that is the equivalent of
a USTA 3.0 up to a 4.0. This is not a beginner serve. This is something we want you to learn once you get comfortable
with a regular flat serve. This is hopefully something as you start to improve your game you
can add as a second serve, but there’s tons of
other benefits too Nate. Why do we have to add a slice
serve in our quiver here. – The can opener, a big big weapon here. All right so for you
rightys on the deuce court just a fantastic weapon to get
your opponent off the court primarily using singles but
you know it’s a bit of a myth, you can’t use it in doubles
because, pull them out wide, they’re hitting over. – Truthfully Nate and I, I think both of our favorite serve
is that slice out wide – on the out side.
– on the outside. – Yep because it’s tough to get
that ball over the high part of the net and keep it
away from the player. – The net player, yeah. So what this serve is really
doing, is creating space for the court. It’s Federer’s favorite
combination on the deuce court. The serve plus one, big slice out wide. They return the ball somewhere middle maybe even further wide and
he hits in the open space down the line. So this is really the heart
of the service creating space. It also makes your other
serves that much better If I’ve got a good kick serve it’s because I’ve got a good slice serve. So you have to respect my
ability to go out wide because by the time you sit on that
slice going out wide I can make the kick more effective. – Yeah, can’t emphasize
enough how important it is to have options. If you’re just hitting the big
flat dog every single time, you’re going to get pretty predictable. So walk us through step one here. What we’re going to talk
about the slice serve. Let’s get started. What have you got for us? – So you guys we already
have our (mumbles) We’re going to just move through, we’re gonna get basically contact
and it all begins with a toss. With most students I don’t
even have to tell them what they’re doing. I will just change where I’m tossing so, if Scott was my student, I would make sure I’d be putting that toss at one o’clock and if one
o’clock wasn’t working, I might even move over a little bit more to one thirty, two o’clock . – We wanna be clear right, this is straight on is dead noon right, so one, three o’clock would be kind of a base line, you got noon would be pointing directly toward the net. So one just off kilt to the net there. – So with that being said,
with this toss your hitting arm your racket is going to
fall wherever the ball is so let’s back it up for just a second. The flat serve, when we’re
working through this motion, the flat serve is out in
front and so the racquet has the ability to flip pronate,
so it makes contact flush so it really hits the nose on the ball. – That’s why it’s called a
flat serve, you’re hitting on the back of the ball right? – So if I’m hitting a kick
server a top spin serve what’s happening now is I’m
putting the ball behind me and my racquet really just
wants to travel the same path as the flat serve. I’m just getting caught
making contact here, hopefully intentional,
right and I’m working away but again it’s about ball placement. So with the slice serve it
is absolutely 100% necessary to keep the ball, if I’m a
righty, to the right of me, about one o’clock and
what’s going to happen is my racquet as it chases the ball, I’m going to start
opening up and the racquet actually going to have the face of the racquet closed all right. So you can really see. If you go back to the
idea I’m hitting the nose on a flat serve, here I’m
cutting the ear off the ball. – To give you another visual
too for me one of the ways I would coach the slice serve
to students that couldn’t get a good feel for what this is
like I would give them a bucket of some of the little kids
racquets that are indestructible and just let them kind of
tomahawk that racquet at the net, and get this feel for
what it’s like to chop, like Nate says, the ear
off the ball or chop towards the net post that’s
what we’re really trying to create here and a
lot of people especially the lower level don’t buy into the concept that if my racquet goes
this way that the ball could go this way. Understanding that key
principle I think is really the biggest piece of this. – Yeah so what about pronation Scott. Should I be focused on pronating. We love that word don’t we? – No, absolutely not. Pronation is for the flat serve. We’re looking more to just
chop and I don’t even know, is this supination? I don’t even know what kind of “nation” this is but I know it’s not pronation. – If you guys out there really
focus on how the racquet finishes you can’t mess it up. It’s a bit of a myth now,
you’re going to do it no matter what because
when your arm runs out of room the wrist snaps. That’s just how it goes. We’re not focusing on pronation. We get that asked a lot. What we want you to focus on
is when you finish the serve, when it comes through
we want you to scoop. Open the face up and make
sure that you’re finishing with the palm up. – It looks like you
could hold a tennis ball in your racquet there.
– I could, yep. – What this is doing is
ensuring that I’m getting out on the ear of the ball and
cutting it and working through. – Perfect. So guys we’re going to break this down step by step for you now,
hit a couple of these, show you exactly the steps
we want you to take to learn this progression, and to understand how to hit a slice server. Lets take a look at that now. All right guys so let’s go
through this step by step. Step one is obviously the toss. We talked about one o’clock
straight ahead being noon so we’re goin to adjust to one o’cock and sort of a quick tip
here that I think will help. If you’re doing this correctly
your arm will just sort of drop on a natural line
down towards your leg and then move back up where you came from, so you’re standing in a straight line which should make it a little bit easier to be consistent. So, from there we’re going
to toss, we then want to reach up to that ball and
chop towards the net post and as Nate mentioned, follow through in a scooping motion
to avoid that pronation that we don’t want to see
that creates the flat serve. So, on this slice serve
again, the big focus when you make contact with the ball is to chop. So, I am going to go slow
here without the follow through, just to really
give you a good visual of the path the racquet is traveling in, to generate this slice. Let’s take a look.` So, you can see I chopped
towards the net post, even though my racquet’s
moving in this direction. It generates the slice in the
spin, and it pulls the ball to the left so lets take one more look. One o’clock toss chop,
and you can see the ball’s going to peel off to the left. So all that’s left to
do, is to add our scoop, follow through. What I will say is if
you’re practicing this, to get comfortable first, just
freeze in that chop follow through your pointing towards the net, to really get the feel for
what chopping the ball is like. Once you feel comfortable
with that, we’ll add the final follow through,
the scoop at the end and that’s your complete motion. Let’s take a look at
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22 Comments on “HOW TO Hit A Slice Serve – Tennis Lesson”

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  2. Some top trainers say you also have to pronate on the slice serve for more power. Is not pronating a matter of style? I’ve struggled to pronate on my slice serve for a long time now with no success..

  3. Pronation is for the flat serve 4.33 🤔🤔🤔 how do you slice at 175km without pronation. Chop the 👂 of is teached already 40 years ago and yes you make slice and you can make a lot of it ,if you are throwing the ball at 2 o’clock you can make more but going around the ball ( is indeed supination )is taking all the speed out.
    I don’t know what a 50 or 60 level means , I’m from Belgium and we don’t use those terms

  4. Wow, another awesome video guys! The slice serve is my (sliced) bread & butter serve. However, I often find ruts where I hit too deep or into the net. Any tips on getting a consistent slice serve? Is the point of contact higher or lower than other serves? Does 1pm vs 2pm toss affect the height or reliability? Lastly, can you come to my court in NC to teach me? 😉 Thanks!

  5. You mention it as Roger's favorite serve but this isn't how Roger hits it. I know it's a more advanced serve but if you teach it correctly there is pronation and the spin is much more pronounced when done correctly. Chopping is the old way of teaching this serve. The ball doesn't really take off when you chop. It could sit up high for a right handers forehand to serve you a fuzzball sandwich.

  6. Great stuff here! I have a question. The slice serve is my go to serve when I'm on the ad side (I'm a lefty) but here lately, it's been inconsistent. It will either a big bite and slide off the court or other times, it will spin into the service box and do nothing. Could it be my toss or my racquet motion towards the ball or grip? I do struggle at times with losing my continental grip. I know there are a lot of variables that could cause the inconsistency.

  7. This perpetuates the common myth that you don't pronate on a slice serve or that you cut "around" the ball. If you watch a slice serve in superslow motion you will see that you pronate after you hit the ball. You just can't see it at regular speed because it occurs too fast so it creates the optical illusion that you are hitting "around" the ball. What creates the slice is that you hit the ball on the outside edge at 3 o'clock before pronating and so your follow through is more forward and less out to the side than on a kick serve. On the flat serve you hit in the middle. On the kick serve you hit up and out on the ball. But in all 3 serves you are still pronating. If you don't believe me, just search youtube for slice serve, super slow motion and see for yourself (here is one example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WNGQda6XCTU). Silly to tell people not to pronate! No such thing as not pronating on a serve, not matter what kind.

  8. Does anyone else have a hard time slicing when your feet are pointing toward the center of the court?

    For me, as a lefty, I can slice well on the ad side but struggle with consistency on the deuce side. I think my difficulties stem from not knowing exactly where i want my toss for the slice serve down the T on the deuce side.

  9. I love that you guys make these videos because they're somewhat helpful for laying out all the steps and analysis of what can go wrong etc. but it's kind of annoying that you dont even acknowledge that lefties exist. Like really we're all supposed to toss at 1' o clock?

  10. My problem with this video is that they generalize their technique too much. They think that pronation is the common way to serve any serve, or the 12 o'clock toss is the common way to toss. I never pronate during my serve and I can hit flat, top spin, side spin (slice) serves. The difference lies totally in i) the grip you use and ii) where you toss the ball.

  11. Just tried this out in my last two matches. Seems to be clicking in quite nicely- haven't got the scoop part down quite yet but my number of double faults has dropped already. Thanks guys!

  12. if you are serving left to right instead of right to left, do you still align yourself to the net post? it seems like you would have to rotate more towards the right since the ball peels off to the left on about a 45 degree angle from wherever you have aligned yourself

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