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Offline Adyork

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Flat or slice serve?
« on: July 17, 2008, 01:15:11 AM »
I'm about 5'9. The only serve i can do as of yet is a flat serve and even then i'd say only about half are in. I'm wondering if i'd have a higher percentage of serves in if i try using the slice?

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Re: Flat or slice serve?
« Reply #1 on: July 17, 2008, 09:36:09 AM »
definitely. i am about the same height and i almost never use a flat serve unless i am really in the serving zone and am feeling brave. A slice serve is definitely way more consistent - well more slice that is. your flat serves also have a good amount of spin since its pretty hard to really hit a ball flat and expect it to clear the net and land in the box from our height.


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Re: Flat or slice serve?
« Reply #2 on: July 17, 2008, 09:44:21 AM »
Top spin serves are the best for a diminutive person. Ask Scooter. :whistle:

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Re: Flat or slice serve?
« Reply #3 on: July 17, 2008, 01:31:14 PM »
Scooters first serve percentage on flat serves is not too shabby indoors.

The alive serve should prove to be more consistent.  i am on vacation posting on my phone.  i will look more into this post once I am home tomorrow.
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Re: Flat or slice serve?
« Reply #4 on: July 17, 2008, 02:23:37 PM »
Top spin serves are the best for a diminutive person. Ask Scooter. :whistle:

Yeah I'd like to eventually learn a top spin serve, but at the moment it's a bit out of my ability.

But anyway, the slice serve will actually bite down instead of just bouncing to the side?

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Re: Flat or slice serve?
« Reply #5 on: July 17, 2008, 02:34:18 PM »
Technically speaking.  If you go the tennis4you lesson lounge i have written an article unregards to the different types of serves. 
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Re: Flat or slice serve?
« Reply #6 on: July 17, 2008, 02:35:41 PM »
Stupid phone posting got me again.  Unregards is suppose to be 'in regards'
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Re: Flat or slice serve?
« Reply #7 on: July 17, 2008, 05:04:07 PM »
Scooters first serve percentage on flat serves is not too shabby indoors.

The alive serve should prove to be more consistent.  i am on vacation posting on my phone.  i will look more into this post once I am home tomorrow.

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Re: Flat or slice serve?
« Reply #8 on: July 17, 2008, 07:38:51 PM »
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Re: Flat or slice serve?
« Reply #9 on: July 18, 2008, 12:54:35 AM »
Ah yeah. Already had that one bookmarked. lol

I gotta say though, this entire site is extremely helpful. Glad I stumbled upon it

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Re: Flat or slice serve?
« Reply #10 on: July 18, 2008, 07:39:08 AM »
Ah yeah. Already had that one bookmarked. lol

I gotta say though, this entire site is extremely helpful. Glad I stumbled upon it

Hope you didn't hurt yourself stumbling....  :whistling:

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Re: Flat or slice serve?
« Reply #11 on: July 18, 2008, 07:54:34 AM »
Ah yeah. Already had that one bookmarked. lol

I gotta say though, this entire site is extremely helpful. Glad I stumbled upon it

Thanks!  Good to know it has proven helpful.

Keep us up to date in your Journal and hopefully we can continue to help.  :)
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Re: Flat or slice serve?
« Reply #12 on: July 18, 2008, 10:04:50 AM »
Scooters first serve percentage on flat serves is not too shabby indoors.

The alive serve should prove to be more consistent.  i am on vacation posting on my phone.  i will look more into this post once I am home tomorrow.

A little third person?!?!?!? What's up with that?

I'd hate to see Scott's serve if he was 6'2".   :gleam:
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Re: Flat or slice serve?
« Reply #13 on: July 18, 2008, 10:11:37 AM »
I would be using more flat serves for sure!
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Re: Flat or slice serve?
« Reply #14 on: July 18, 2008, 10:11:56 AM »
I agree that you should start working on a topspin serve.  It will "serve" you well in the future.  
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Re: Flat or slice serve?
« Reply #15 on: July 18, 2008, 11:23:58 AM »
I agree that you should start working on a topspin serve.  It will "serve" you well in the future.  

Yeah.  I think it's my favorite.  I've tried it a couple of times but it's just more like i'm punching at the ball  :Confused:

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Re: Flat or slice serve?
« Reply #16 on: July 19, 2008, 08:44:03 AM »
I'm about 5'9. The only serve i can do as of yet is a flat serve and even then i'd say only about half are in. I'm wondering if i'd have a higher percentage of serves in if i try using the slice?
me too the same height.......i picked up the serve really quickly when i started learning the game.......it's all in the ball toss actually.......i just go for my first serves.......what i normally do on my first serve is, toss the ball up very slightly slanting into the court, not exactly over my head.......it helps me to blast the ball down into the opponent's court on the first serve........

it took some time for me to develop the spin serve though........yes, you need to have a spin serve too especially for second serve......generally i prefer going for spin serves on the second serve though i would want to just go for it all the time.......
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Re: Flat or slice serve?
« Reply #17 on: March 12, 2009, 09:40:44 PM »
I use flat serves for my first serves and slice serves for my second. I have about a 50-70% chance on my flat serves and im not that tall. It just depends where and high how you toss the ball and when you make contact. My slices are my back-up if my flats fail.