It's the last game of the day you're up to nine and serving for the match all you need to do is win this last point the last three points you went for powerful deep serves your opponents made them in but they really pushed them back but on this next point though you have a new trick up your sleeve you can see that since you started serving harder.

Your opponent started standing way farther back he's practically standing 10 feet behind the Baseline on this next serve you're not gonna go hard you're gonna go for a low screwball serve you go for it and it works game set match hey guys I'm Connor and welcome to intense pickleball today we're talking about serves so most players on our.

Channel can consistently make their serves but today we're going to go over how to mix up your syrup so that your opponents are always guessing and let me tell you the most effective way to do this is probably not what you think but actually guys there's no worse feeling than when you can't win a point on your serve trust me this has happened to.

Every pickleball player at some point that said mixing up your serve can be a cool hack to throw your opponents off so that you can get some of your momentum back but before we go into how to mix up your syrup I want to go over the main different types of serves that we can switch between the first I want to bring up is the Top Spin serve if you're to.

Watch Pros or any high level players this is what they're going to be using most of the time pound for pound this serve will be the most effective and consistent you can use this is because it's generally pretty easy to make and we aim it higher over the net which gives us more margin for air in order to get the topspin you just need to make.

Sure that the paddle is moving up and down as it's going forward and backward you don't want it to go too much up and down though or you won't be able to get enough power and you may miss like I said a little height helps on the serve too play around with it but I think hitting it about three feet over the net actually makes it a little bit trickier.

For your opponents to react to the bounce and remember always try to get your serves deep the next curve I want to talk about is the screwball or Sidewinder serve in my opinion this serve is a great way to mix it up because it really stays low as opposed to brushing up like I do in my topspin serve on this serve I'm cutting from.

Right to left because of this if I get enough spin the ball will actually curve slightly to the right if your opponents are in the 3.0 to 4.0 range This Server will definitely throw them off one key thing on the server is that you aim it a little bit lower because there's no Top Spin on the ball it won't bounce very high that said this serves a great.

Change up from our higher topspin serves the last serve on our list is the lobster the lobster can be the ultimate change up to throw off your opponent's Rhythm ideally it goes deeper in the Box too in theory it should be easier to return the serve but a lot of players just aren't used to seeing it because of this if you use it at the right times.

You'll get some short returns and free points that said the lobster is something that I wouldn't recommend throwing in as often as the other two serves on the list think of your lob serve as an occasional change up that you pull out one to two times per game that said those are the three serves that I use but if you think that I.

Missed something comment below a few months ago I would have included the spin serve in this video but if you haven't already heard the Spencer was banned for 2023 play more specifically you can no longer add extra spin with your hand so now that we know the three main serves to use let's talk about how often that we should use them when we.

Look at most high-level players the topspin serve is definitely seen as the base this serve is what you should use at least 50 of the time like I said before pound for pound this is the most consistent and effective serve that we can use if you can get really good at hitting the serve hard and deep you'll consistently make things difficult for.

Your opponents that said we're thinking about mixing up our serve we should be considering when to throw in the other two serves that we talked about but there's no straightforward answer that I can give you on this the way I see it in the beginning of every game we need to test between our hard topspin and our low screwball serves while we're doing.

This we're surveying what types of results we're getting from each if your opponents are having no issues with your topspin Serb but you can tell that the screwball is bothering them you can use this more if your topspin serves giving them trouble then you can focus on using this most of the time the lobster is something that we should use less.

Frequently like I said before maybe one to two times per game just know you're always playing against two different players so your strategy may need to adjust depending on which one you're serving to a really important thing to keep in mind is at the higher level your opponents are the less effective your serves will become if you're playing a.

4.5 plus player they're probably going to make 90 of your surge back no matter what you do that said in the 3.0 to 4.0 range we can get some pretty crazy results for mixing up our serve so if you're playing and your opponents are getting your surge back no matter what it may make sense to just focus on consistency and getting the ball deep.

But if you're winning tons of points on your serve this is where we can start to think about mixing it up in the nine tenths rule the nine tenths rule means that we should take enough risk on our serve so we make 9 out of 10. the theory states that the free points and short returns that you get will well make up for the one out of every 10 serves that.

You miss so this is an important thing to consider when we're thinking about how much risk that we should take on our serve before we move on if you've liked this video so far we're releasing content like this every week so make sure to subscribe we're also doing an epic giveaway where we're giving away over fifteen hundred dollars in free.

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Serve and where we're aiming in the Box an important thing to think about here is how hard your opponents are hitting their returns if they're hitting their returns really deep and hard you might want to try to push them back a little bit this comes with the risk of missing long but it'll be worth it to get an easier third shot for whatever reason.

Some players hit the returns really deep and hard so these are the type of players that you want to try to push back if your opponent's giving you short returns then you probably don't need to take on the extra risk of going deeper it's all about managing your consistency so if you're the type of player that can go deeper and harder on your serve and.

Still make it go for it but if you haven't mastered this yet and you still miss them I wouldn't go for it unless you need to another thing to keep in mind is whether we should aim for the forehand or the backhand generally most players backhands are worse especially in the 3.0 to 4.0 range so if you have enough accuracy to get it there go for.

It a lot of the time though when players have worse backhands they cheat over to the left and make it impossible for you to get it there a cool hack to keep these players honest is to serve it really far out to their forehand because they're cheating so much in their backhand they're leaving a ton of court open and you could really throw them off.

Like this if you do this a few times they may even scoot over a little bit and give you an opening to go to their backhand another really important aspect to mixing up your serve is when you choose to do so generally like I said your Hard Top Spin should be considered the base serve that you use most of the time so the question is at what point in.

Your game should you sprinkle in the others one good time to throw in some change up serves is at the very beginning of a match a lot of time players haven't fully gotten their focus early in a game think about it how many times have you missed the first return or serve of a game the change up in the beginning of the game can be a great way.

To take advantage of your opponent's lack of focus one time that I wouldn't use changeups is on big points my personal belief is that in important situations you should go for a safer serve that you know you could make every time you do not want to risk going for a change up here and missing the serve also I think returners are generally.

More focused on these bigger points which may makes it harder to throw them off other than that you should throw in your change up serves sporadically throughout the game to keep your opponents on edge for example if you just hit three tops for the serbs in a row maybe throw in a screwball the real key is that you assess what's working in.

Each individual game and you lean towards these type of serves you have to learn to adjust depending on who you're playing against and your own strengths and weaknesses one thing I'll say though guys is that it's very difficult to add variety to your serve if you don't spend time practicing them when you're practicing each technique try to work on.

Getting your serves deep and aiming them in different parts of the Box remember after getting your Technique down the only way you'll improve is by getting a ton of reps the more time you spend intentionally practicing these serves the faster they'll improve and the easier it'll be to add variety in real games and if you want to practice other.

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In pickleball, the serve can often be a predictable move – players tend to stick to their tried and true techniques, without experimenting with different types of serves. However, mixing up your serve is crucial in keeping your opponents on their toes and throwing off their game. While hitting a fast or powerful serve may seem like the obvious answer, varied placement and spin are actually more effective in catching opponents off guard. Next time you step up to serve, try mixing it up with placement and spin – you might just surprise yourself with how well it works.