Every point starts with the server tossing the ball above his head to hit the serve. A very basic motion that I have used for years… and now Brent Abel throws the very foundation of my toss out the window.
I was taught that you want to hold the ball in the palm of your hand and toss up with a straight arm motion. This takes both the fingers and the bent arm out of the equation and, theoretically, gives you a more consistent toss.
But along comes Brent Abel, an online tennis guru I follow all the time at his WebTennis.com site, showing a video of Roger Federer’s hand during his toss… and he is holding the ball between his thumb and index finger, with his palm NOT facing up, but sideways.
Check out his video clip by clicking HERE… but come back and tell me which way you do it and why.