Forehand Tricks

Tennis Kick Serve – How to Add More Spin

One of the most deadly serves we can posses is a Kick Serve. Whether you’re a righty or a lefty, this serve can be absolutely devastating to our opponents. Before I get into this little lesson, I want to say this isn’t about ME. This is about you, it’s just the only way I really know how to relay the story. So just forget I’m talking about myself for a second. Cool? Alrighty.. onward…

Growing up I got tired of my little dinky serve (I was young like 12-13 or something playing as an alternate on my high school tennis team), so I started reading Tennis magazine relentlessly trying to find tips and tricks to help me out. Then one day they happened to publish step by step instructions on how to properly hit the Kick Serve. I really had no idea the effect it would have on my game over the following years (and now into my adult life). It wasn’t something that I learned overnight, but after working at it for a while I slowly mastered it… and today… I’m fortunate enough to be able to say I have it totally mastered.

Being at just the 3.5 level, my opponents RARELY face anyone that has both power and a head splitting kick to their serves. So when they’re returning (or trying to return I should say), they look like a deer in headlights. It spins away from them, and then at the bounce kicks towards their head – so they have no idea what to do except freeze in their tracks and duck. And 2 sets is HARDLY enough time for the most athletic recreational player to learn and adjust, because of the variations of spins I’m able to put on the ball. One serve it may kick across their body… the next serve it may kick into their chest… the next serve may not even kick at all. This is mainly dependent upon how fast we whip through the ball.

The angle of the spin is easy. But the degree & the RPM’s you put on it can make all the difference in the world when trying to keep your opponents off balance.

There are 2 main things that we need to focus on to generate tons of spin… Leg Strength (explosion) and Explosiveness in our Triceps (arms).

Here’s an awesome exercise to strengthen your triceps to allow you to generate more power to whip the racquet up and over the ball. Just click Play Below:

Now, if you currently use the Kickserve as one of your weapons, you’ll find that using this exercise in your workouts will greatly increase the speed at which you CAN whip through the ball.  I stress the word can because it’s not always necessary to put a ton of spin on the ball – especially if you’re trying to keep your opponents off guard. But it will allow you to when you need to or just want to kick the ball across their body for the fun of it.

And if you don’t currently use the kickserve, I highly suggest you learn. You can find instructions at (you’ll have to search around and see if you can find an article with instructions), or you can learn through Coach Kyril’s video lessons  inside the Tennis Vault.

Either way, you won’t be sorry. I promise.

til next time, Train Hard & Win Easy!

Todd Scott, Training Advisor, Men’s Fitness magazine

P.S. If you don’t have a copy of the Ultimate Tennis Fitness program, this tennis training guide is everything you need to physically dominate your opponents from the first toss to the last point.

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