to Hit a Flat Serve in Tennis
The flat serve is a very effective weapon, as it is the fastest serve.
- Grip the racket with a Continental grip, not a forehand grip.
- Stand near the centre mark for hitting down the centreline. Stand
farther from the centre mark for a wide, flat serve.
- Assume the normal posture for a serve, with a sideways stance and
your hands down.
- Throw the racket to the "back-scratch" position as you toss the ball
in front of you.
- Toss the ball farther in front than you would for a slice, topspin
or kick serve and farther to your right for right-handed hitters.
- Throw your racket out of the back-scratch position, with your palm
facing the net at contact with the ball.
- Hit the ball with your arm fully extended.
- Let your arm finish the serve on either the right or left side of
- Mix a flat serve with other service choices, so it will not be predictable
to your opponent.
- Practice hitting down the line on the deuce side and serving wide
on the ad side.
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