Pete Sampras’ first coach, Pete Fischer, taught him to toss the ball in the service motion in the same spot; so his opponents couldn’t read his toss and guess on the serve. But most of us don’t do that as well.
The Coach would have the young Sampras stand on the baseline practicing serves; and when the toss got to its apex, he would shot what/where the serve should go. When the average recreational player tosses his serve, there are usually some tell-tale signs…
• Over your head: probably a topspin serve or a kicker
• To the side: probably side spin, and for a righty, going to your right
• Out in front: mostly flat and probably hard
Andre Agassi was commenting on TV awhile back about being able to read Boris Becker’s serve. He “confided” that as Becker tossed the ball, his tongue came out of his mouth – going in the planned direction of his serve!!
So, try reading the service toss to gain an edge.
For those of you who have played against me, what tell-tale signs do you pick up? How about with others?
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