> 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
It is a great serve to use, especially if your opponent has a 1 hand
backhand and tends to slice the return.