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Master Every Stroke: Kick Serve

 

The kick serve separates decent players from very good players. It’s not hard to understand how to hit it, but it’s difficult to do it well and consistently. A great kick jumps up at the returner. A bad one sits there and then gets pummeled. The key to a great kicker is learning how to hit up on the ball from 7 o’clock to 1 o’clock. Pat Dougherty of Nick Bollettieri’s academy says: “Your swing will barely penetrate the plane of the baseline. Don’t look for your swing or followthrough to go toward your target.”
Quick Tips:
• The contact point for a kick serve is lower than the contact point for a flat serve. The ball should also be over your head, rather than out in front. When the ball is in the proper place, it will force you to hit up.
 
• To master the upward motion, lead with the edge of your racquet. And don’t hold back. To generate a lot of kick, you need to be loose and produce a lot of racquet-head speed very quickly, Dougherty says. Your racquet should be at top speed at contact, not after contact.
 
• Shoulder rotation is essential for a top-level kick serve. Dougherty’s best players rotate their shoulders so much that their backs face the net. Then they lean into the court to get under the ball.
 
SOURCE: http://www.tennis.com/lifestyle/2011/02/master-every-stroke-kick-serve/27690/#.UKvdb4c0WSo

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