Kick Serve v. American Twist Serve

Kick Serve v. American Twist Serve

Post by mimu » Thu, 06 Sep 2007 02:22:06


Watching Federer's (!) difficulty (!) in reading (!) Lopez's leftie
American twist serves on his second serve brought up this question for me:

Are "kick-serve" and "American twist-serve" the same thing? or is
"kick-serve" more general?

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Take a deep breath, take a walk, cool off, plot a bit, and serve again.

 
 
 

Kick Serve v. American Twist Serve

Post by Rodjk #61 » Thu, 06 Sep 2007 02:34:59


Quote:
> Watching Federer's (!) difficulty (!) in reading (!) Lopez's leftie
> American twist serves on his second serve brought up this question for me:

> Are "kick-serve" and "American twist-serve" the same thing? or is
> "kick-serve" more general?

> --

> Take a deep breath, take a walk, cool off, plot a bit, and serve again.

They are not quite the same thing.
A kick serve will bounce higher than a flat serve. Think of a kick
serve as a topspin drive compared to a flat shot.
It bounces high but straight.

A twist serve, hit by a right hander, will bounce up and to the
servers right, meaning to the returner it will bounce high and to the
backhand.
It is a great serve to use, especially if your opponent has a 1 hand
backhand and tends to slice the return.

Rodjk #613

 
 
 

Kick Serve v. American Twist Serve

Post by Lax » Thu, 06 Sep 2007 03:10:18

There are two types of kick serves :  topspin, twist

When someone just says "kick serve" then by default it means the
topspin kick serve.

See: http://tennis.about.com/od/serve/l/aatwistserve.htm

 
 
 

Kick Serve v. American Twist Serve

Post by mimu » Thu, 06 Sep 2007 03:20:14

Quote:

> There are two types of kick serves :  topspin, twist

> When someone just says "kick serve" then by default it means the
> topspin kick serve.

> See: http://tennis.about.com/od/serve/l/aatwistserve.htm

Ah, very nice, especially the whirly balls.

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Take a deep breath, take a walk, cool off, plot a bit, and serve again.

 
 
 

Kick Serve v. American Twist Serve

Post by RuPEDsk » Thu, 06 Sep 2007 14:09:38


Quote:

> > There are two types of kick serves :  topspin, twist

> > When someone just says "kick serve" then by default it means the
> > topspin kick serve.

> > See: http://tennis.about.com/od/serve/l/aatwistserve.htm

> Ah, very nice, especially the whirly balls.

ROFL. Um.....first, there is no standard for these terms unfortunately and
the usage wildly varies. I like the idea of calling topspin and twist serves
both "kick" serves but many reserve kick for american twist. Futher, the
"whirly balls" on that page are totally wrong so take them for what they're
worth.