The serve is one of the most important aspects of pickleball that you need to master it's more than simply getting the ball over the net and into your opponent's service box it can be a powerful tool and you have options to keep your opponents guessing and making them hit tough returns today we're going to go over seven key serves you can use.

In Your Arsenal that can Propel you from being a beginner or average server to a great server I'm Nicole Havlicek this is primetime pickleball let's get into it missing one of our videos is like missing an easy put away don't let that be you subscribe now so we're going to break these serves up into categories these first three serves.

Are going to be what I call your go-to serves you'll use these ones most often because they have the most amount of benefit for you and they can be hit repeatedly with great effect they're your staple serves the first go-to serve is going to be the power drive you're going to hit this one hard and deep there will be some natural forward spin.

On this ball but your goal is not necessarily to have spin on the ball it's mainly to hit it very powerfully with as much speed as you can reasonably control and put deep into your opponent's service box regularly the goal here is to force the returner to the very tough return and this serve can achieve that by pushing your.

Opponent as deep in the court as possible and hopefully that in combination with the speed on the ball will generate a weak return for them it's not guaranteed that they will hit a weak return but you'll set it up as well as you possibly can for that to happen the more you can do that point after point the more the probabilities stack.

Up in your favor that at least some week returns will come back also when you push them back like that they have a much longer way to go to come into the net and up to the non-volley zone line after their return so you've opened up the possibility to keep pressure on them with tough subsequent shots as they approach the net as a side note I want.

To mention that deep is the key and is more important than power power will enhance the effects of your depth but you can do very well with simply deep Drive serves alone keep that in mind and don't be discouraged if you don't feel you hit the serve very powerfully depth rules on the surf next up under the go to serves category is the power topspin.

Serve if you know how to hit topspin then this might become your primary go-to serve because it has all the same benefits as the power serve does plus the spin adds an extra layer of complexity for the returner because after that fast and hard topspin hits the ground it kicks towards them more and kicks up more than a serve with very.

Little or no spin even if that serve has a lot of power that in combination with being a deep and fast serve creates more opportunity for opponents to misjudge and therefore mishit their return if you're new to topspin then see this card that's about to flash here or look in the description below for a video on how to learn to hit topspin in pickleball.

Your main goal with the serve is twofold number one you want to cause a shaky return and number two you want to make that trip to the net after they return as difficult as you can power serves are a great option to achieve both of these goals and you'll go far if you can Master these two serves so we've talked about getting your serves deep because.

That creates a substantial challenge for the returner but can you do more when using a power serve yes I'd argue that you can you can Target locations laterally as well if you notice that your opponent has one side weaker than the other then you can serve to that side more often with the idea that them coughing up a weaker return on that side.

Is far more likely often you'll find that the backhand is a prime target many players struggle more with their backhand than their forehands it's not always true so you'll want to investigate that on each opponent by serving to the other side as well and even send some directly towards them to see how well they get out of the way.

And create space on serves hit directly towards their body that's a skill that some will have trouble with so investigate what lateral Target works well on each returner and go there often the backhand is definitely worthy of Investigation on many players we've covered your go-to serves you'll use these most often but now your opponent.

Has been seeing these quite regularly and you may have lulled them into complacency possibly maybe now you find that they've adjusted their return starting position to deal with your power and are standing further back as they await your serve at this point they're expecting power and maybe they've gotten used to it and are.

Dealing with it better now than they were at the start of the game they're in a rhythm you could say well we don't really like that we want to break the Rhythm and that's what we're going to do so these next two serves fall into the mix-up category or the unexpected category we're going to mix things up and shake things up on them and give.

Them a look other than deep power option number one for a mix-up serve is the lobsterf or you could also think of this as a loft serve since it's not quite a lob or an off speed and High Surf basically you're going to send them a big rainbow shaped type of serve you'll still want to get it deep because that minimizes the angles they have available.

To them as far as being able to send you angled shots back that will move you laterally and off the court to one side or the other they can just generally be less offensive with it when you still keep it deep and now you've given them a different look and hopefully broken their Rhythm they have to do a 180 degree adjustment from how they've been.

Dealing with the return because it's totally different than what they've been seeing it's basically the total opposite high and slow instead of low and hard it'll give them time to think and that can lead to bad things such as going for too much on the return and missing so you've achieved a few things with this serve you've shown them that your will.

Willing to mix things up so they don't know what's coming next ideally you've broken up the nice Rhythm that they were in it may cause a miss or a weak return it may not and that's okay you've created some chaos all while still making it so they can't really do much to hurt you with this return it's a pretty easy serve to hit and it makes.

Things tougher on them in the grand scheme of things the other Mix-Ups serve you could consider using from time to time is the short and angled serve like the previous serve the best time to use this is when they think a power serve is coming it's even better if they have made an adjustment as they await your Serve by standing further back this.

Serve isn't really as effective if you don't catch them off guard so keep that in mind what you'll do here is hit short just beyond the kitchen and angled towards the sideline like on the Loft serve this serve will also be on the slower and softer side the goal is to get them running forward and off to the side and preferably they'll have to hit.

This return while on the full stretch you'll definitely at least give yourself the chance of generating a miss or a really weak return the returner also has to hustle back to get in position for the next shot coming after their return and if they don't do that well well then it creates a gap through the middle that you can exploit and hit through.

Give this one a try but be picky about when you use it because if you don't use it correctly it doesn't give the returner much trouble and it just gives them a free trip to the net these first five serves we've covered today are really solid options to go with as far as your total serving plan the general idea is to use the power serves most.

Often and mix in the unexpected serves here and there to give your opponents a different look you'd be in really good shape if you mastered and stuck with just these five serves for the most part the pros seem to stick to these five I suspect it's because these five serves can all be hit legally out of a traditional serve toss the traditional.

Serve toss is when you hit the ball out of the air after releasing it from your hand you can get higher contact points out of this toss than you can out of the drop serve toss the ball will simply not get up as high after the bounce higher contact points make Power serves more effective because you can hit more forward and less low to high and still.

Clear the net that's why the traditional toss is often the toss of choice for more advanced players if you're enjoying this video please go ahead and hit that like button and subscribe to this Channel and also hit that notification station Bell icon so you can be notified anytime we release a new video but I want to add two more serves into the mix.

For you to consider that are both highly effective and can really create some chaos for your opponents because they're just so tricky to handle and to time well as the returner both of them will need to be done with a drop serve because both of them require a high to low motion to be effective which is not legal out of a traditional toss I'll.

Cover them briefly the first one I'll cover is the under spin drop serve it looks like this the really nice thing about this serve is that it stays low to the ground when hit well and it's the under spin on it that causes it to stay low after the bounce it's the total opposite of the topspin serve instead of pressing The.

Return by kicking towards them it hits the ground and skids in effect so whereas on the topspin serve you want them to be laid on their contact and the ball hopefully bounces above their ideal Strike Zone in this case you want the ball to skid and bounce below their ideal Strike Zone causing them to have to stretch and reach down and the final.

Serve on our list today is the sidespin drop serve this one will bounce and move away from your opponent when hit well and hit towards their backhand side if they're a righty hopefully causing them to have to stretch and reach for the shot or if you're hitting it over towards their forehand and you hit it a little closer to them then it will.

Bounce and kick into their body so when you're going towards their backhand you want to hit it a little bit away because it's going to bounce away and stretch them and on the forehand you want to hit it a little closer so that it bends into them just like the other spin serves we're doing our best to get the ball out of their ideal Strike Zone.

And the side spin serve can achieve that notice that the running theme on all of these serves is that we're constantly trying to create chaos with their timing which will impact how good of a return they can hit in pickleball you always want to be pressuring your opponents as much as you can with whatever tools you have available to you and these serves.

Can really help you get that done grab a basket of balls get out onto the courts and train up your serves the beautiful thing about training your serve is that you don't need a partner to do it you can get out onto the court and get it all done on your own as helpful as we think the tips we're sharing in today's video are there's more to achieving.

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The serve is one of the most important aspects of pickleball that you need to master. It’s more than simply getting the ball over the net and into your opponent’s service box.

It can be a powerful tool and you have options to keep your opponent guessing and making them hit tough returns.

Today we’re going to go over 7 key serves you can use in your arsenal that can propel you from being a beginner or average server to a great server. Let’s get into it.

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