Lefties can do something that righties can not in the game of tennis. The left-handed spin serve slices towards a right hander's backhand in the Ad Court Service Box. In order to receive this serve the right hander has to move way out of location and the tennis court opens right up for the lefty to come in and put the next shot away. Piece of cake. This article is targeted to fellow lefty tennis players out there who want an instant advantage when serving! Get ready, ACE! With a little practice your serve will have the lefty spin that John McEnroe and Martina Navratilova had on theirs. (Anne Zarraonandia is a USPTA certified Tennis Professional and has won many a match using this left handed secret weapon!)
Things You Will NeedTennis court
Right Handed Opponent
Step 1For lefties only! Start by shaking hands with the racket. Now turn the grip one quarter turn to the right so your first finger knuckle is on the top of the grip.
Step 2As you step up to the baseline with the ad court service box as your target, close your stance by facing a bit more to the left. Your back will almost be facing your opponent.
Step 3Toss the ball way out to the left and hit the ball as if you are peeling the skin off the orange. There should be a "fffuut" sound, not a solid hit sound like a flat serve. It should feel like you are hitting only the outside of the ball, not the whole thing.
Step 4As it crosses the net, and then bounces, the ball should take a sharp, right-hand bounce away from the tennis court and off to the sidelines. The opponent will have trouble tracking this ball, since it will take a "funny bounce".
Be ready just in case it comes back over the net. You will have the whole court open, so your next likely shot will be to the open court. Making that "easy" shot is more difficult than one thinks.
Tips & WarningsStart close to the net, to get the feel of the carving around the outside of the ball.
Take a bucket of balls out to the practice court to work on this "secret weapon" us lefties have.
This left handed serve is best used in situations when you absolutely need the point, say at AD IN or AD OUT. It works best in the AD service box (left court as you are facing the net).
Before using this serve in a game, it's best to practice, practice, practice.
It really won't have the same effect for righties, since their spin will move towards a fellow righties forehand, in the duece box, plus there are fewer lefties, so players don't see the lefty spin all the time.