The volleyball serve might be the most important part of the volleyball game. Obviously, it is important because the serve is what starts the game. A hard serve will be helpful because it will cause the opponents to struggle with making a good pass, which will lead to a bad set which in turn likely leads to a bad hit. Therefore, if you can become really good at the serve, you are going to be a good player and you are going to help your team win.
In volleyball, there are three types of serves that will be affective in getting points (I am not going to mention the underhand serve). Those three serves, when used effectively, will result in points. Therefore, it is a great idea to master all three.
The three serves that I am referring to are the top spin serve, the float serve, and the jump serve. These are the only effective serves that you will ever see in competitive volleyball. If you want to succeed in volleyball, you have to learn how to perform these serves.
So let’s take a look at these serves:
Top Spin Serve
The top spin serve is effective because you can make the ball literally drop out of the sky. The way to do it is to put as much top spin on the ball as possible. If you hit the ball really hard you should get the ball to spin downwards towards the ground on the other side. This is a tough serve to receive because serve receivers are going to pulled closer to the net than they may think they need to be.
The floater is a really great serve to learn because you can make the ball do some weird things. It is called a float serve because the ball appears to float and not want to come down out of the air. Also, the ball moves around very oddly which makes the ball very hard receive. A good float serve should have almost no spin, should have a good pace on it, and should go right over the top of the net, as low as possible.
The Jump Serve
The jump serve is the most powerful serve in volleyball. A player literally throws the ball in the air and takes the same approach as if they were spiking. The player jumps and hits the ball with extreme top spin. This serve is served faster than any other serve there is, upward to 100 mph. This serve is great for intimidating the opponent.
There you have it. Three of the best serves in volleyball. Learn how to do them to become effective.