Different service styles in tennis. Learn about three types of service deliveries in doubles tennis in this free tennis lesson from a professional coach.
Hi I'm Jason Gerardo at Gold Key Racket Club in beautiful Phoenix, Arizona on behalf of Expert Village. Now I would like to talk to you about reading the serve. We have talked to you about reading the shots or reading the returner at the net and now we are going to talk to you about reading the serve and what kid of serve is coming to you. For example, we have a ball that is coming over your head to the left and you see this and you know this ball is going to have some type of top spin and you are going to have to read that ball differently. One thing I like to tell my players to watch for is watch the toss and watch the shoulders quite a bit. This is very very important right here. When you see that toss go up and you see the shoulders go round and they open up a little bit too soon or a little bit quicker than you might think, they are going to pull it wide and it is going to be hard to get to the tee. You can be able to read that wide serve a little bit easier. If you see a player that is holding a position a little bit longer for example that sideways position then they are going to the tee area right there. This is going to be hard to pull cross court. It's going to be hard to pull wide. Pros can do it, not many club players, not even 50's or 55's. It is real easy to start picking apart the serves if you can watch the shoulders. Now when you get into that wide slice serve right here you start seeing this ball, that ball a player can come around that and you are going to see a slice happen. You are going to see a side spin kicking out wide. With the next ball right here and the ball is going over their head that is a top spin like I spoke about before and one over the shoulder flattening that out. Those are three different types of serves that you might want to look for but the shoulders are first. It is very important to watch the shoulders.
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