In beach volleyball, you can add speed to
your serve by doing a jump serve. When people refer to a jump serve, they’re
usually talking about someone jumping and hitting the ball with topspin. There is a different kind of serve called
the float jump serve that we’ll talk about in a different video. The most important part of a jump serve is
the toss. You want a good consistent toss. What you want to do is usually create some
spin. You can toss with either your left or your
right hand. I prefer tossing with my right hand. You want to toss the ball a little bit into
the court, and high enough for you to take an approach as if you were hitting to serve
it over the net. If you toss it too far behind you, you’re
going to have to look up to hit the ball, and you’re going to lose sight of the court
and your target. If you toss it too far in front of you, you’re
going to end up potentially serving into the net, or foot faulting, which means when you
step inside the court while serving. A jump serve uses topspin. You give yourself a high enough toss, and
then you hit the ball and wrap your hand over the top of the ball to create a topspin. When the wind is blowing directly in your
face as you’re serving, this is a good time to do the jump serve. This means that it can drop short, right in
front of your opponent as you serve, it can be very deceptive. The jump serve can be a little bit more inconsistent
than a standing serve, but it’s also more powerful, so it just depends on what your
strategy is. And that’s how you jump serve in beach volleyball.