Photo Lesson: How to Hit the Topspin-Slice Power First Serve

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Cooper, Jeff. "Photo Lesson: How to Hit the Topspin-Slice Power First Serve." ThoughtCo, Aug. 22, 2016, thoughtco.com/how-to-hit-the-topspin-slice-power-first-serve-3208249. Cooper, Jeff. (2016, August 22). Photo Lesson: How to Hit the Topspin-Slice Power First Serve. Retrieved from https://www.thoughtco.com/how-to-hit-the-topspin-slice-power-first-serve-3208249 Cooper, Jeff. "Photo Lesson: How to Hit the Topspin-Slice Power First Serve." ThoughtCo. https://www.thoughtco.com/how-to-hit-the-topspin-slice-power-first-serve-3208249 (accessed October 23, 2017).
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Stance, Grip, and Toss Hold

Topspin-Slice First Serve Stance, Grip, and Toss Hold
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The topspin-slice serve, as the name implies, has a mixture of topspin and sidespin, generated by striking the ball more or less from its center toward what would be 1:30 on its face if it were a clock. The topspin component allows the ball to clear the net by a greater margin, and the sidespin makes the ball curve somewhat to the left both in the air and on the bounce. This combination also allows the serve to be hit quite hard (harder than a pure topspin or slice), which makes it by far the most common first serve used in advanced tennis.
  • Left foot points more or less toward the right net post.
  • Continental grip.
  • Ball held in fingertips.
  • Racquet starts back as ball starts up.
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Knee Bend and Body Coil on Wind-up

Knee Bend and Body Coil on Wind-up
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  • Right foot has slid forward, closer to left.
  • Knees bent enough to allow legs to drive upward forcefully.
  • Racquet at high point of wind-up.
  • Left hand still fairly high after reaching up with toss.
  • Shoulders turned slightly beyond sideways toward back fence.
  • Difference between hip and shoulder alignments indicates upper-body coil.
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Beginning of Upward Strike: Elbow Up, Racquet Down

Beginning of Upward Strike: Elbow Up, Racquet Down
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  • Legs have straightened, driving upward with enough force to lift feet off ground.
  • Upper body has uncoiled, now facing net.
  • Upper arm nearly vertical.
  • Elbow bent at 90 degrees.
  • Wrist laid back loosely with racquet at 90 degrees from forearm.
  • Racquet dropped straight down creates maximal swing length for upward strike.
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Mid-Swing

Mid-Swing
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  • Forearm rising as elbow straightens.
  • Loose wrist still has racquet at 90 degrees from forearm.
  • Body beginning to lean forward.
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Split Second Before Contact

Split Second Before Contact
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  • Elbow has straightened, bringing forearm to vertical.
  • Force of larger body segments has caused wrist to whip racquet upward.
  • Racquet about to strike ball from ball's center toward its 1:30 point.
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Split Second After Contact

Split Second After Contact
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  • Racquet has brushed upward and across ball.
  • Wrist has flexed farther.
  • Body's forward lean more conspicuous.
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Natural Pronation

Natural Pronation
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  • Pronation of forearm will happen naturally as a consequence of the forces from larger body segments that generate the swing.
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Early Follow-Through

Early Follow-Through
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  • Continuation of rightward racquet path evidences left-to-right striking motion of swing.
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End of Follow-Through

End of Follow-Through
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  • Racquet finishes on left side.
  • Forward lean during serve results in right foot landing well inside baseline.
Format
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Your Citation
Cooper, Jeff. "Photo Lesson: How to Hit the Topspin-Slice Power First Serve." ThoughtCo, Aug. 22, 2016, thoughtco.com/how-to-hit-the-topspin-slice-power-first-serve-3208249. Cooper, Jeff. (2016, August 22). Photo Lesson: How to Hit the Topspin-Slice Power First Serve. Retrieved from https://www.thoughtco.com/how-to-hit-the-topspin-slice-power-first-serve-3208249 Cooper, Jeff. "Photo Lesson: How to Hit the Topspin-Slice Power First Serve." ThoughtCo. https://www.thoughtco.com/how-to-hit-the-topspin-slice-power-first-serve-3208249 (accessed October 23, 2017).