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How to Float Serve | Volleyball Lessons

There are several different kinds of serves
in beach volleyball that you can utilize when you’re playing. However, one of the most used serves is a
float serve. One of the great things about the float serve
on the beach is that there is a lot of wind. A float serve is a serve where you contact
the ball flat. The ball floats. If you’re able to do that consistently, and
there’s wind, the ball’s going to float a lot more. It is a lot harder to track and pass a ball
that’s moving than it is to track and pass a ball that has top spin. A top spin serve hits this way and drops,
and so the wind doesn’t affect a top spin serve the way it affects a float serve. A float serve you’re going to toss the ball
up in front of your right hand, you lean back, and then you make contact high but you make
it flat hand, flat palm on the ball. A couple of things to avoid when you’re float
serving is how your hand contacts the ball. This can be called ice cream cone or Miss
America. We’re not waving down a parade. We want to contact the volleyball solidly. So, I want you to think about having a solid
bear paw and contacting it with your full hand. Also, if you have soft, weak hands then it’s
going to fluff the ball and you won’t get solid contact. A solid, high five contact on the ball will
enable you to get that float. You also want to contact the ball in the middle
of the ball to get the float. If you contact it underneath, it will shoot
up. If you contact it on top it will drop down. There’s a happy medium when you’re on the
medium meat of the ball and you’re hitting with the meat of your hand to engage that
float serve. Don’t end up wristing, because that’s a top
spin. Finish, and high five. To get instant feedback on the ball, toss,
step, and leave your hand up for about three seconds. It will give you instant feedback, without
a coach, to what happened to the ball. If you contacted it this way, and the ball
went that way, you’re going to get instant feedback to yourself. Same if you contact the ball this way. You want to, ideally, toss, step, and contact
the ball head on, and then you can slowly work on different places to hit the ball. And those are a couple of tips and techniques
to float serve in beach volleyball.

David Frank



  1. Syed Shabbir Posted on November 29, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    F***K vollayball…

  2. 75brianjohnson Posted on May 22, 2014 at 4:04 am

    Yep @j0sh0411! I always thank for that program cause before, I have a lil results. then with that program, I have now the highest vertical on my team at school. Highly recommended!

  3. Madelyn Esquibal Posted on February 19, 2015 at 11:45 pm


  4. Cole Ramores Posted on February 1, 2016 at 2:20 pm

    looks like Alisha from misfits

  5. Mauro Teran Posted on March 13, 2016 at 12:02 am

    this is just for beach so if you play indoor it's much easier

  6. James The Humerous Posted on May 15, 2016 at 10:41 pm

    She is soooooo fooooooiiiiiiiiiiinnnnnnnnn cuh

  7. Katie Posted on April 8, 2017 at 5:44 pm

    I'm in middle school and I wanna learn how to do a float serve but I can't even do a overhand serve 😂😭I hope I make it in to varsity wish me luck

  8. Flamin Skulls Posted on November 20, 2017 at 2:43 am

    They don't even show the float serve lol

  9. xKazi x Posted on December 1, 2017 at 4:42 pm

    Short and Simple.

  10. jcsmooth70 Posted on January 22, 2018 at 4:52 pm

    She is gorgeous!

  11. SoVideo Posted on March 9, 2019 at 2:26 pm

    One of the most idiotic lessons of Howcast! 😀 The bimbo doesn't even demonstrate! And she doesn't even explain what a float serve is. For those who unhappily try to find an answer here: a float serve is the one when the ball "floats", meaning it does not spin/rotate in the air (or does so very little). To train, you have to start with short serving attempts, like 2 meters, and the goal is the ball does not spin. When you achieve that, increase the distance gradually.

  12. Dennis Jackson Posted on August 26, 2019 at 11:48 pm

    I love that you explain why to serve floaters. Great job!