The ball toss is essential for a powerful and consistent serve. But it is also the most elusive skill to master.
It is also a confusing ability, because sometimes great athletes struggle with the precise placement required. Yet players who in other areas are less skilled find the ball toss effortless.
Although not the only factor, by far the most common aspect of the ball toss going out of control is whether the ball spins or not as it is released from the hand. Balls that spin on release are frequently out of control. Balls that do not spin on release are generally in control.
But why do some players spin the ball when placng it in the air?
The solution to this is in the “Spinning Fingers”
The Spinning Fingers will be a totally unfamiliar phrase to tennis players, but to cricketers it will instantly make sense.
In cricket the bowlers have to have great control of spin and to do this they learn to control the way that the finger tips of the middle two fingers contact the ball.