There are different types of serves that college players learn. Using these services depends on your skills and competitiveness in the situation. However, a college player must master at least 3 serves in volleyball.
For competitive volleyball, there are three types of overhand serves such as topspin, jump serve, and float. To survive in the competition, you must master all three. You can try them all to see which suits you best.
Generally, there are 4 major serves in volleyball including underhand serve, topspin serve, overhand serve and jump serve.
Here are the 4 best services in Volleyball:
Sneaky service: To start the underhand serve, you will use your dominant hand and your non-dominant foot. You can use your dominant hand to strike. Stand with one non-dominant foot forward and shoulder-width apart. Hold the ball in your non-dominant hand and cut the ball like a golf tee. Hold the ball around your waist and in front. Fist the palm and strike, using a flat side first to create a flat surface to strike. Make sure the swing of your wrist makes contact with the underside of the ball.
The Jump serves: The jump serve is more advanced when using a striking approach. You have more of an attacking position by jumping and hitting the ball. In this serve, your wrist will remain stiff and you will not hold your palm facing the target position. The extra jump you make gives you more power to hit the ball, but it’s very difficult to manage. Most jump servers have a topspin, but a float with a jump serve is also possible.
The Overhand serves: Overhand serves are the most commonly used competitive serve in high school and college. For all of your overhand serve categories, you extend the ball in a non-dominant hand and keep your dominant foot back. Then the ball will be thrown in front of your hitting hand, the shots will depend on the type of overhand shot you are trying to create. The main difference between the various knockdown servers is the type of player’s body position. The position where ball contact and tracking is made will determine the type of overhand shot.
Top Spin: The top spin has more predictable movements than the floater, but the serve is difficult to manage due to the speed and the difficulty of passing the drops quickly. Topspin is exactly how quickly the ball spins forward from the top. For a topspin serve, you need to throw the ball a bit high and step under the throw. Strike underneath in a downward and outward motion toward your upper back.