In the sport of volleyball, there really are only three serves that are going to be the most effective (I am definitely not speaking of the underhand serve here). Those three serves, when used effectively, will result in points. If you want to be an all around good player, your going to need to master these skills.
The top spin serve, the float serve, and the jump serve are the three serves that are going to influence your game the most. These are the only effective serves that you will ever see in competitive volleyball. If you want to succeed in volleyball, you have to learn how to perform these serves.
So let’s take a look at them:
The top spin serve is a serve that makes the ball look a curve ball pitched from a baseball player. The ball is going to curve straight down. The way to do it is to put as much top spin on the ball as possible. By hitting the ball really hard and snapping your wrist, you should get the ball to spin towards the ground as it crosses the net. This is a tough serve to receive because serve receivers are going to pulled closer to the net than they may think they need to be.
The floater is a cool serve because this is going to cause the ball to do some really odd things. It is called a float serve because the ball appears to float and not want to come down out of the air. In addition, the ball moves very weirdly, back and forth, and serve receivers have a tough time reading the path of the ball. A good float serve should have almost no spin, should have a good pace on it, and should go right over the top of the net, as low as possible.
The Jump Serve
By and far, the jump serve is going to be the fastest, hardest hit serve there is. A player literally throws the ball in the air and takes the same approach as if they were spiking. The player jumps and hits the ball with extreme top spin. This serve is served faster than any other serve there is, upward to 100 mph. This serve is great for intimidating the opponent.
There you have it. These are the best services you will see in volleyball. Take time to master these serves and you will be a great player.