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Simplistically speaking, there are two different approaches to developing your serve.

First, as is generally recommended by coaches, try to become really good at one serve with basically the same motion every time and then work on variations of spin and placement for deception. Then maybe have one backup, or at most two backup, serves, just to add a little variety and also for opponents who are really having no problem against your primary serve.

The other approach is to try every serve under the sun. If you see others use a serve you like, copy it. Get ideas from youtube videos or your local club. Or just make something up as long as it's legal.

In terms of professional players, the personification of the first approach would be Samsonov, and of the latter approach probably Schlager.

I admit I fall squarely into the latter category. Sometimes, during the course of the day or night, like when I am lying in bed at night, I suddenly have an idea for a new serve to try out.

This approach DOES have a lot of drawbacks. I generally don't have the patience to become very good at one serve. Often I confuse myself when I serve. In fact, there've been times when I toss the ball up to serve and then I think to myself, "what serve did I want to do again?" while the ball is falling. Often my choice of serves in a match is less dependent on careful strategy and more just a case of which serves I remember at the time.

On the positive side, it's a lot of fun. Most players in my club just have a basic serve that starts the point and then they forget about developing their serves further. And while the scatter gun approach means I am a master of no serves, but still, the fact that I think about serves so much makes me generally speaking a better server than most players of my level.

Just curious about the views/experience of others in developing their service repertoire...and what they think are the advantages/disadvantages.

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PostPosted: 11 Oct 2013, 12:39 
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I think I'd fall into the first category, but I must admit at times I feel like players get used to what I am serving when its someone I play often (which is most the people I play lol). Now and then I serve something I rarely use, but not being practiced at them I have to keep them safe, so they aren't usually very dangerous.

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I'm definitely in the 2nd catagory. I like to try new serves, and although I often don't persist and get better with them, sometimes I do find a new serve that really suits me, so I do continue using it. I've got about 5 different serves, with variations for each one... some more than others. I tend to try different serves to different players... and at times one of them they really don't like, which can be a game changer.

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