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Tennis Tip: Serve Ball Toss

By Molly Carr - July 28, 2017

Serve Ball Toss Tennis Tip


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWhat if your toss is always “off” and thus your serve is always “off”? Here are several tennis tips that may help. Do not hold the ball in your hand when you toss; hold it in your fingertips. Begin the toss in front of your legs. Toss the ball up and forward toward where you imagine your point of contact.

Do not flick the ball with your wrist as you let go; and, remember to release the ball with your hand at as high a spot as is comfortable, at least as high as your head. If there is a short distance between the release point and the contact point, there is less of a chance that the ball will go off course.

Make certain to toss the ball only as far as the height at which you’ll make contact, or 3-4 inches higher. Higher tosses are more likely to stray, and even when they don’t, they’re more difficult to strike. Finally, reach after the ball with the arm with which you tossed it. These tennis tips should help you keep your toss on target.