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.

44 comments

  • Mike Wilson 2 months ago

    Great video on the toss ; thanks for the tips.

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    • Brady
      Brady 2 months ago

      Happy to help Mike. Good luck with your game!

  • hitched 2 months ago

    Hi Brady

    I was hoping to see you explain where the right arm is when the ball is actually let go and what the best technique is here. I have trouble with this aspect, the left arm goes up and the right arm wants to go down in reaction, and lose the rhythm in the swing of the racquet with occasionally a bad hitch. In times gone by, instruction was to raise both arms together, which i can’t do. The modern technique, yourself, Federer etc is , left arm is fully raised whilst racket arm is still near ground level, but no hitch is apparent in swing . Do you have any videos/advice on how to master this move without a hitch

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    • Brady
      Brady 2 months ago

      This is more serve technique rather than toss technique, and there’s obviously a lot that goes into it. You’ll see a lot of variety here as well, even at the highest levels of the game. Most hitches I see in the serve can involve the hitting arm going up too early thus needing to slow down at some point to allow for the ball to drop. However this is still allowable as long as the racket doesn’t loop down too early in the backswing. Federer is a good guide here. His hitting arm actually raises earlier than some pros but still lags behind his tossing arm. I’ll definitely be doing a lot more on serve technique in the next few months.

  • Michael perry 2 months ago

    This is an excellent presentation of the serve toss.

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    • Brady
      Brady 2 months ago

      Thanks Michael, happy you found it helpful!

    • Brady
      Brady 2 months ago

      Glad you found it helpful. Thanks Michael!

  • irving Ashkenasy 2 months 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 2 months ago

      My pleasure Irving!

  • John 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months ago

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

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    • Brady
      Brady 2 months ago

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

  • Gerard matthijssen 2 months ago

    You are a fantastick teachet, thanks a lot

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  • Gerard matthijssen 2 months ago

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

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    • Brady
      Brady 2 months ago

      Thanks Gerard!

  • Rich 2 months ago

    Very helpful. Clear and crisp. Thanks very much

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    • Brady
      Brady 2 months ago

      Happy to help Rich! Thanks for watching and commenting.

  • Tom 2 months 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 2 months ago

      More coming this week Tom!

  • Emiliano 2 months ago

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

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    • Brady
      Brady 2 months ago

      Appreciate that Emiliano!

  • Pete Pearson 2 months ago

    I like the 45 degree angle

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    • Brady
      Brady 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months ago

    Looking forward to video

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  • greg abrams 2 months ago

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

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  • Garry 2 months ago

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

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    • Brady
      Brady 2 months ago

      Happy to help Garry! Thanks for watching.

  • Roy F Rodriguez 2 months ago

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

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    • Brady
      Brady 2 months ago

      Most definitely Roy, appreciate the comment!

  • Steve 2 months ago

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

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    • Brady
      Brady 2 months ago

      Happy to help, thanks Steve!

  • George Oberlander 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months ago

    I struggle with my toss. Liked your summation.

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    • Brady
      Brady 2 months ago

      Thanks for watching Tim!

  • Marcus 2 months ago

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

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    • Brady
      Brady 2 months ago

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

  • Vince 2 months 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 2 months ago

      Happy to help Vince! Get that toss up there.

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