Improve Your Serve With Tips From Premier Volleyball Academy

Wyman Khuu, Premier Volleyball Academy National Team Coach, demonstrates three volleyball serves and describes the proper technique to increase consistency, accuracy and power.

Serving a volleyball involves more than just hitting the ball over the net. When executed correctly, it can be a valuable weapon that helps your team win matches.

Each type of volleyball serve has a special purpose. The Standing Float serve moves erratically, making it difficult for opponents to accurately pass or defend it. The powerful Jump Float Serve is difficult for opponents to defend because of its speed. The Topspin Serve curves quickly downward in front of passers and often falls for an ace to win the point.

Although you may prefer one of these serves, be sure to incorporate all three into your game. This will keep your opponents off balance and unsure about what to expect, improving your chance of an ace or an easy put away.

To ensure that you can confidently strike each of these shots, hone your technique with tips from Wyman Khuu, Premier Volleyball Academy National Team coach. Videos above.

Standing Float Serve

  • Keep feet narrow distance apart, with weight shifted to back foot
  • Step forward, transfer weight to front foot and lift ball
  • Strike ball overhead and in front of body
  • Keep wrist firm when contacting ball

Jump Float Serve

  • Jump toward net, not up
  • Keep wrist firm when contacting ball
  • Serve ball as close to service line as possible


Jump Topspin Serve

  • Take three-step approach and attack ball
  • Strike ball at highest point
  • Follow through by driving arm toward floor


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