Published on 09/11/2017 by Brady

The serve is unquestionably the most important shot in tennis, and the toss is the most important part of the serve. In today’s lesson, Brady discusses 5 tips for ensuring a good toss on your serve.

40 comments

  • Michael perry 6 days ago

    This is an excellent presentation of the serve toss.

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    • Brady
      Brady 5 days ago

      Thanks Michael, happy you found it helpful!

    • Brady
      Brady 5 days ago

      Glad you found it helpful. Thanks Michael!

  • irving Ashkenasy 1 week ago

    Great lesson I will make sure I use and develop what you have shown us today.
    Thank you for your classes

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    • Brady
      Brady 1 week ago

      My pleasure Irving!

  • John 1 week ago

    Thanks Brady.
    i like the ice cream cone toss.
    It makes sense to me because there is no risk of elbow movement, hardly any chance of finger movement, and hand movement and not too much chance of wrist movement.
    it doesn’t seem that you are a fan of it and i don’t seem many sites that are.
    Why not for you?

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    • Brady
      Brady 1 week ago

      It’s really fallen out of favor with the newer generation of players and I can’t give you the exact reason why. I teach the way I personally toss it which is the same way you see Federer, Nadal, Djokovic, etc toss as well. The end definitely justifies the means in this case so if you have a consistent toss don’t change it up. Good question John!

  • Vartan 1 week ago

    Please discuss where the toss should end relative to the head.
    Thanks

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    • Brady
      Brady 1 week ago

      It really depends on the type of serve you’re hitting. More on this coming up Vartan!

  • Gerard matthijssen 1 week ago

    You are a fantastick teachet, thanks a lot

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  • Gerard matthijssen 1 week ago

    You are an fantastick teacher, thanks a lot, gerard matthijssen, The Netherlands

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    • Brady
      Brady 1 week ago

      Thanks Gerard!

  • Rich 1 week ago

    Very helpful. Clear and crisp. Thanks very much

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    • Brady
      Brady 1 week ago

      Happy to help Rich! Thanks for watching and commenting.

  • Tom 1 week ago

    Excellent video on the toss. The next thing I would like to see is how to time the toss for a consistency and power.

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    • Brady
      Brady 1 week ago

      More coming this week Tom!

  • Emiliano 1 week ago

    Thank you Brady. As usual, your lessons and videos are: professional, simple, clear, efficient and helpful.

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    • Brady
      Brady 1 week ago

      Appreciate that Emiliano!

  • Pete Pearson 1 week ago

    I like the 45 degree angle

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    • Brady
      Brady 1 week ago

      Yep that’s not mandatory but how I like to teach it. McEnroe was a full 90 degrees and some players are almost at 0 degrees with their toss, but 45 is most comfortable in my opinion.

  • Jim Radke 1 week ago

    Doesn’t the weight need to be moving forward onto the front foot to get the toss in front?

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    • Brady
      Brady 1 week ago

      Yes but that’s more for getting your weight into the serve for power. The point at which your release the ball is the biggest determinate for where your toss ultimately ends up.

  • Laszlo 1 week ago

    How to avoid throwing (catapulting) the ball during the toss? I’m trying to achieve that my tossing arm points to the sky. Many recreational players arm stops at 30-45 degrees before pointing to the sky.
    Also, please, explain the footwork at toss, which affects the rhythm of the whole body during the toss.

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    • Brady
      Brady 1 week ago

      Keep your arm straight and the speed of your arm consistent. With a steady drop from your your rib-cage, down and then up to eye level you will have enough speed without having to giving it much extra. Your stance will vary player to player and really shouldn’t affect all the factors discussed in the video.

  • Dave Pink 1 week ago

    Looking forward to video

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  • greg abrams 1 week ago

    Something new to think about on these tips. I will be practicing my toss. Thank you

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  • Garry 1 week ago

    Great video. Clarified things for me. Thanks a lot!!!

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    • Brady
      Brady 1 week ago

      Happy to help Garry! Thanks for watching.

  • Roy F Rodriguez 1 week ago

    Easy steps to follow, toss it’s a must learning.

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    • Brady
      Brady 1 week ago

      Most definitely Roy, appreciate the comment!

  • Steve 1 week ago

    Great tips thank you . I never had the basics of the serve shown to me.
    Very helpful

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    • Brady
      Brady 1 week ago

      Happy to help, thanks Steve!

  • George Oberlander 1 week ago

    Very clear and solid presentation, Brady.

    One question I have: do you have a preferred location for your ball toss hand when it reaches the lowest part of its arc? For example, on the inside of the left thigh (for righties)–or is this something which permits a lot of individual variation?

    I also like your new shooting location. Looks like the private court of a movie producer mogul! :-))

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    • Brady
      Brady 1 week ago

      Definitely room for variation but be consistent. Slightly inside front leg is what I teach but you could go slightly in either direction.

  • Tim 1 week ago

    I struggle with my toss. Liked your summation.

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    • Brady
      Brady 1 week ago

      Thanks for watching Tim!

  • Marcus 1 week ago

    Great break down on the toss coach! GO STEELER’S….

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    • Brady
      Brady 1 week ago

      Thanks Marcus! Going to my first home game next month.

  • Vince 1 week ago

    Great tips. I’m 6’4″ and I think my toss has been too low and not far enough out in front. 12-18″ above the outstretched racket is a great tip as well as the 45 degree placement. Thanks Brady!!!

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    • Brady
      Brady 1 week ago

      Happy to help Vince! Get that toss up there.

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