American Twist Serve in Tennis

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The American twist is a combination of a slice and kick serve. This serve was used by both Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi to great advantage. Learn about American twist serves in tennis from a professional instructor in this free sports video.

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In this clip we're going to talk to you about the American Twist Serve. You might have heard you know Sampras use this quite a bit, Andre Agassi use this quite a bit, a lot of players on actually on tour, but they use them on specific serves, certain locations. This is the American Twist, a lot more advanced, it's pretty tough but the idea is you're getting the combination between slice and top spin. For top spin you're going from six to twelve, going straight up. For slice, you're going to be hitting that three o'clock, that right side position right there. So now you're going to be trying to hit in between, maybe two o'clock, maybe one o'clock right there. Trying to go up at an angle to create the ball to go sideways, hit the ground, and then come out. So that the ball is still going to dip in the court but it's supposed to hit the ground then come out a little bit. I'll do a slow motion version of this. Now that ball should come out a little bit. There we go, it's going to have a little bit of a jump. Once you start getting more racket speed and more movement on it, and again you have to hit the right angle. If you don't get the right angle it's just going to be a normal kick serve, like those kind of were. So what we're going to do right here, is going to get these, I'm going to try to get that kicker out more. There we go, a little bit of jump out wide, a little bit of a curve. Right there, yeah that one was a nice one right there and it jumped out, you have that twist so. The idea is to get the ball to, to get them to go from here and then get them to reach out in that high backhand, the ball is actually spinning away from them a little bit more. So again, the important thing on this one, just like you're hitting the kicker, if you don't have the kicker then don't attempt this, it's pretty tough. You're going at an angle, not straight up and not around, more at an angle. Trying to hit that angle on your serve to get this American Twist to be able to jump out. That is the America Twist. Good luck with it.

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