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MORE KICK ON SERVES

Bud has a good serve. He has good power, good spin, good placement and
good consistency. Bud wants his kick (or topspin) serve to move more
sideways.
   The kick serve is great for hitting a high bouncing serve at a right-handers
backhand. This spin is created by a brushing up, sort of an inside out serve.
   In order for Bud to get more movement on his kick serve he must do several
things. First the serve grip must be a continental grip. Some players turn their
grip so far that they are using an eastern backhand grip to serve with. Moving
the serve grip past the continental would produce more topspin.
   Second, the more you toss your ball over your left shoulder (if you’re
right-handed) the more the ball will have topspin. Turn the shoulders away
from the net on the ball toss. This will allow the toss arm to lift the ball over the
left shoulder and still into the court. The toss must far enough over that the
player must pronate his arm outward.
   This is the third thing is to pronate the arm combined with external rotation
of the shoulder. Pronation on the serve combined with the toss over the left
shoulder produces an inside-out type of swing. The racquet head is brushed
up and out by the thumb turning outward.
   So, Bud, in a nutshell try doing those three things to improve the amount of
movement on your kick serve. Turn the grip past a continental, toss the ball
more to the left, pronate the forearm outward right before contact.
   Thanks for the question, Bud and good luck.

Doug Hofer, USPTA      December 1, 2005
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