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Add a Backhand Serve to Your Arsenal

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by Pickleball Legend Steve Dawson

Today I want to share my Backhand Pickleball Serve. I get asked daily about this serve.

While it takes a bit of coordination, it’s an easy and effective shot to add to your arsenal as it gives your receiver a different look and spin than a traditional serve.

The most common mistake with the Backhand Pickleball Serve is swinging without an upward movement, which is an illegal serve motion. Also allowing the ball to drop so that your strike point is below your waist.

Here’s a quick video that I put together to demonstrate a Backhand Pickleball Serve.

Give this a serve a try during your next match and notice how low the ball remains while also providing a unique spin.

PS: With drop-serve rules, the backhand pickleball serve can be done with the same motion, but your left hand drops the ball criss-crossed over the right hitting hand.

However, I don’t recommend this shot as the beauty of the Backhand Pickleball Serve is catching your opponent off-guard and the drop-serve delays the time between the ball leaving your hand and impact with the paddle…

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