If you don’t have the benefit of having a lefty/righty doubles combination, someone will be serving into the sun; and for many players, that can really dampen the effectiveness of their serving. With the summer sun coming upon us, what can you do about it?
Six Tips to Consider
- Wear Sunglasses – It amazes me how
few pro players ever wear sunglasses.
I am a fan of the Bolle wraparounds and wear them on every sunny day. Some players complain they are not
comfortable playing with them on; but that becomes their choice.
- Wear a Hat – Like the glasses most pro players don’t
wear a hat (except on backwards!); but wearing one can keep the sun out,
at least until you toss the ball (and it will also protect your scalp from
harmful sun rays).
- Change Your Toss – Depending on how high
the sun is in the sky, you can either toss your ball higher or lower – or more
to the left or to the right.
- Change Your Stance – When the sun is really
bad for me, I am forced to change my stance to look more like John McEnroe
used to serve … with my chest almost facing the BACK fence. This allows for the toss to go out to
the side and avoid the facing sun (it will also give you a very “spinny” serve).
- Change Your Strategy – If that doesn’t work,
just try to get your serve into the box (and warn your doubles partner to
watch out for the killer service return).
Also, probably best to NOT come to the net behind your serve …
first, because it will be softer; and second, because the sun may still be
impacting your after-vision.
- Change Your Mindset – And if all else fails, don’t be embarrassed to default to serving underhanded! You’re almost guaranteed not to double fault, with some practice you can actually put in an effective slice or topspin, and you won’t have the after effects of sun spots on your next shot.
How about YOU, how do you handle serving into the sun?
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