3 Tips for a consistant serve toss

GUEST POST BY FORMER WTA NR. 27: MEIKE BABEL

So many of players struggle with a consistent serve toss. No matter how good the rest of the serve motion might be, you’ll never get the most out of your serve if the ball toss is all over the place.

Here are 3 tips to help you with a consistent ball toss. Let´s get your toss consistant together!

  1. Point your tossing arm to the net post. Super important for a consistant serve toss!

You do see variation amongst top players, of course. Roger Federer, has his tossing arm parallel to the baseline and actually still looks at his opponent until shortly after he releases the ball. But he’s Roger Federer. My players have a lot of success pointing their arm to the netpost and moving it up continuing to point towards that direction because it’s an easy visual cue. And, of course, you can always repeat it which is key in consistency.

Tip nr. 1 for a consistant serve toss
Tip nr. 1 for a consistant serve toss. Serve by Simona Halep
  1. Keep your tossing arm straight

A lot of issues with your toss come from your arm or wrist when you bring your tossing arm up. Try to keep your elbow and your wrist straight. Any bend in elbow or wrist can lead to you just “flicking” the ball up. I like to hold the ball loosely within the first 2 links of my fingers so that I can release it very easily. 

Tip nr. 2 for a consistant serve toss
Tip nr. 2 for a consistant serve toss. Serve by Juan Martin Del Potro
  1. Release the ball between chin and top of the head

All top players have the release point between chin and top of the head because – provided you have a straight arm and wrist – your hand at that point is parallel to the ground and your toss will go straight up. If you release the ball below this point it is very likely that your toss ends up going too far in front. If you’re holding on to the ball longer you will most likely toss the ball behind you. 

Tip nr. 3 for a consistant serve toss
Tip nr. 3 for a consistant serve toss. Serve by Roger Federer

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Serve related content on our website:

Tips to hit a better kick serve: https://tennisfreaks.net/2021/03/19/kick-serve-tips/

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