Chasing The Toss
We have all seen an opposing server toss the ball off to the side and “chase” it to hit a weak or fault serve. We have also seen the player who tosses, catches the toss, and tosses again (and again!).
I think a good toss starts with HOW you toss the ball… some people hold the ball between their thumb and index finger; others hold the ball on the tips of their fingers. I believe it is better to hold the ball closer to the palm of the hand – and thus reduce the variability that comes from the fingers.
Where To Toss
For those who have flexible backs and good kick serves, they can toss the ball over their heads and hit an effective serve. For me, I try to toss out in front of me; so that if it landed, it would be 12-18 inches INSIDE the court. That allows me to be as aggressive as possible on my modest serve.
If your toss is erratic, spend a few minutes each practice session just tossing the ball consistently. Also, try letting your toss land to see where it falls.
Catch = Fault?
If Brad Gilbert ruled the tennis world (which he would like to do), he would have the point start as soon as the server tossed the ball. That way, catching the toss would be a fault.
Your thoughts on that rule change and tossing techniques?
Post writing note: please see Marty Judge’s request for help with his “tossing yips.”
Chargers Tournament – My strong, lefty partner Larry Barnes and i ran into a better playing team on Saturday (Ron LaFonde and Dave Unger) and got beaten. As my Brooklyn Dodgers used to say, “Wait till next year!”
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