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Bradford Tennis Tips - Serve


How to Hit a Topspin Serve in Tennis

The topspin serve is a variation of the slice serve. It gives you another option to confuse your opponent.

  • STEP 1: Assume the normal service posture (feet sideways to the baseline, hands down and weight on the back foot)
  • STEP 2: Begin your serve as you would any other, by bringing your hands up together while simultaneously shifting your weight forward
  • STEP 3: Position the ball toss more directly in front of you or slightly over your head.
  • STEP 4: Attempt to catch the ball on its bottom center.
  • STEP 5: Swing fast and aggressively, hitting up on the ball to enhance the spin. Racquethead velocity is essential for good spin.
  • STEP 6: Follow through as you would with other serves.


  • Be aware that the toss position is the main difference in any serve.
  • Attempt this serve (as well as the kick serve) only if you have no lower back problems. These serves require good lower back flexibility.