A good beach volleyball serve is important for winning in doubles.
It all starts with the serve, and on the beach, more and more often player's are starting to realize how important serving is.
the only skill
in volleyball you have complete control over and if you haven't already,
need to start taking full advantage of this fact.
In volleyball, the server has a lot of power because the server initiates the start of the volley. If you learn to serve really tough, you can totally change the complexion of the game.
I believe the easiest and quickest way to take over a game is with a good beach volleyball serve.
In doubles, there are only two on a team and this makes it difficult to cover the entire court.
Serving with Focus
If you develop the ability to pick out any area of the court to serve to, have confidence and have the ability to make the ball land within 2 or 3 feet of where you're aiming, it won't matter what your opponent trys to do. You'll likely be in control and have a serve difficult to stop.
If it's not windy, float serves can be difficult to pass because the ball will dance around in the air as it comes across the net. It's especially difficult to pass floaters on the beach because there's more court to cover in doubles. In the wind, floaters are usually less effective because the wind makes the flight of the ball more predictable.
The jump serve can be a very good weapon on the beach. Many beach player's develop the ability to jump serve, hitting the ball with topspin and placing the ball to specific areas of the court. The topspin jump serve can be a great choice when it's real windy because you have more control over where the ball goes when you serve with spin.
Jump Serving on the Beach
The sky ball
The sky ball is an effective beach volleyball serve because when playing on the beach, player's must deal with elements such as the sun, wind, and rain.
Some player's serve sky balls without spin. This makes the ball come down from the sky like a float serve, making it hard to pass because it's moving around.
Then there are also other player's that have sky balls with backspin. This makes the ball spin back towards the server. These volleyball serves are especially difficult in the wind because the ball is traveling back toward the net. The ball moving away from you towards the net is obviously a very different serve than what most player's usually pass. The big advantage of this kind of serve is the passer can become real intimidated because this is such a unique serve and they likely don't ever see anything like it.
In sand volleyball, serving tough floaters isn't usually as important as placing the ball.
When playing indoor, the air doesn't blow around like it does on a windy day at the beach. Generally, float serves are more effective when there's less wind.
When it's windy, you want to serve the ball with control to not only get the ball into the court, but also make your opponent play the ball the way you want them to.
Serve Tough and with Intent
For example, if you're serving into the wind, you can serve with topspin
and have the ball drop short in front of the passer. Of if the wind is
blowing cross court,
you can serve so the ball lands between the two passers forcing them to
talk, making it difficult to pass.
Regardless of what serving technique you decide to use, always use the beach volleyball serve as an opportunity to get an advantage to win the rally.