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    Quote Originally Posted by clock- View Post
    So basically what people call a flat serve has some spin, but is hit fast and low over the net?

    And that's pretty great LT, did you bounce any over his head?



    The best way to return a topspin serve is probably to step back and wait for it to curve down a bit. If your timing is ridiculously good you can hit the ball on the rise before it gets too high.
    Right. They have some spin, but they tend to move in a straight line. Slice serves and kick serves tend to spin in an arcing manner from the spin. Whether the arc goes side to side (the slice) or up and left or up and right. And usually, there is just a lot less spin on the "flatter" serves.

    Hey LT, I have been in Hilton Head Island, S.C. and Charleston, S.C. interviewing for coaching jobs. I had an uneventful but good holiday. How was yours? I hit with a kid who is playing satellite tournaments and actually making through to the main draw through qualifying. He had absolutely no volleys. None. Nil. It blew my mind. I was a claycourt "specialist" when I played on tour, because it was easy on the body, but I darn well knew how to volley. This guy has been at some academy where they have been teaching him to run through his volleys without turning. I was left speechless. Looks like I have a new client. Anyway, congratulations on working your kick serve. Here's another thing for you on that stroke. Really turn your body on the beginning of the delivery and then rip up and around the ball. Swing hard, but really nick the ball with your strings. Most important: Big Turn.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tennisking1 View Post
    Hey LT, I have been in Hilton Head Island, S.C. and Charleston, S.C. interviewing for coaching jobs. I had an uneventful but good holiday. How was yours? I hit with a kid who is playing satellite tournaments and actually making through to the main draw through qualifying. He had absolutely no volleys. None. Nil. It blew my mind. I was a claycourt "specialist" when I played on tour, because it was easy on the body, but I darn well knew how to volley. This guy has been at some academy where they have been teaching him to run through his volleys without turning. I was left speechless. Looks like I have a new client. Anyway, congratulations on working your kick serve. Here's another thing for you on that stroke. Really turn your body on the beginning of the delivery and then rip up and around the ball. Swing hard, but really nick the ball with your strings. Most important: Big Turn.
    If you keep at it, you will find a coaching career that you want. You enjoy teaching tennis so much it easily shows even through this forum. Just keep your head held high and believe that you can do anything you set your mind to.

    That's a crazy story.. it sounds like he was trained to always volley in a 'swinging volley form' without the swing. One's short game in tennis determines whether they win the match or not. Ya know, have you been watching Davydenko recently? He has been unstoppable with short balls.. volleying like Rafter and eating up those short balls alive.

    Thanks for the kick serve tip TK. Sometimes I notice my kick won't kick like it should, and that's probably cause my shoulders don't turn enough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lawn Tennis View Post
    If you keep at it, you will find a coaching career that you want. You enjoy teaching tennis so much it easily shows even through this forum. Just keep your head held high and believe that you can do anything you set your mind to.

    That's a crazy story.. it sounds like he was trained to always volley in a 'swinging volley form' without the swing. One's short game in tennis determines whether they win the match or not. Ya know, have you been watching Davydenko recently? He has been unstoppable with short balls.. volleying like Rafter and eating up those short balls alive.

    Thanks for the kick serve tip TK. Sometimes I notice my kick won't kick like it should, and that's probably cause my shoulders don't turn enough.
    That really is all there is to it. Really stretch your wrist and get it good and limber so that it can really snap up and around the ball. When practicing, try to see just how much spin you can put on the ball with your kicker. Same with your slice serve. Big turn on your serves. Thanks for the encouragement. Hopefully I will have good news soon.

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