How to Hit a Kicker...
and why it is the Best Serve at the Recreational Level
The serve is the most important shot in tennis. But it’s also the shot that recreational players struggle with the most. So who should you model yourself after to turn your serve into a consistent and reliable weapon?
The answer: Patrick Rafter
Pat’s serve won him the US Open in 1997 & 1998. But he didn’t overpower his opponents with pace. Instead, he used a kick serve to torment his opponents, and today he’s going to teach you how to hit it.
You can sign up to see this 4-part free training series here:
[update 5/3/2013 free videos are no longer available]
This series is totally free, but if you ever end up buying something from FYB, I might get a commission.
Here’s the thing about a kick serve: the spin makes you more consistent. It improves your accuracy, and the bounce is really difficult for the returner to adjust to (even at the professional level!).
But most recreational players don’t have the slightest clue about how to really hit a kick serve.
Here’s a snapshot of what Pat’s going to teach you:
- The several ways he swings across the ball to create spin and variation
- A simple technique you can use to get a consistent toss
- How to disguise your serve
But Pat’s not going to stop there. He’s also going to show you the attacking style of game he was most known for: the serve and volley.
So if you want more than just a great kick serve, if you want to become an all-court player or a better doubles player, then you’ll really enjoy this segment.
Here’s the link again:
Rafter's Video Series on the kick serve [update 5/3/2013 free videos are no longer available]