Has anyone here tried spinning the shuttle during a low serve? The idea is to perform an ordinary, straight low serve, but using a different action. Instead of pushing the shuttle with a flat racket face, you slice across the shuttle. You are not trying to change the direction of the serve. This can be done without breaking any service laws. The cork is hit before the feathers. I've tried slicing from left to right; I've also tried slicing by cutting underneath the shuttle, and a combination of both these actions. Since this is the first time I have practised this technique, it is not perfectly consistent. But it is surprisingly easy. I noticed two interesting results: 1. My serves seem to land closer to the front line. With a normal service, my serves tend to land a few inches past the line. 2. The shuttle swerves and wobbles slightly in flight I think the reason for (1) is that the trajectory of the shuttle is different. With my normal serves, the shuttle seems to reach its highest point AFTER it crosses the net. With the spin serve, it seems to reach the highest point either before or roughly as it passes the net. The next question that occurs to me is this: is it possible to produce the service variations (wide serve, flick serve) using the same preparation? The value of this spinning serve would be diminished if your opponent knew that you could ONLY serve low and straight! It would also be interesting to measure how long the shuttle is in the air (how long to the net? How long to the ground?). How does the time compare between a spin serve and an ordinary serve? Clearly, it would be an advantage if the spin serve was quicker. This might be similar to a fast sliced drop, where the shuttle speed is reduced part-way through flight by the spin. This causes the shuttle to reach the net more quickly, but then to slow down, so that it falls in the same place as the unsliced, slower drop. Of course, it might also be the opposite. Maybe the spin serve is slower; that would be a disadvantage. Let me know if you have tried this method of serving. What do you think about it?