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By Larry Hodges | Feb. 09, 2014, 9 a.m. (ET)

Tiago Apolonia

Tiago Apolonia (POR) at the 2014 DHS Europe Cup

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Fast, Quick Motions Disguise a No-spin Serve

Many players learn to put decent spin on their serves. However, when faced with disguising this spin, they have great difficulty. Why not develop a no-spin serve, with a fast, violent serve motion? Change directions as the racket contacts the ball (contacting the ball as the racket is changing directions at the split second where it is nearly motionless), or contact the ball near the handle of the blade (where the racket is moving slowest) so there will be little spin but your opponent will be left making a snap decision on what’s on the ball. A no-spin serve is just as effective as a spin serve if the opponent thinks there is spin on the serve!

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