Points to look for:
- The serve is called a tomahawk serve because the movement of the bat resembles the way American Indians were shown waving their tomahawks in movies.
- This serve is performed from anywhere along the endline, depending on the preferences of the server. The sidespin on the ball will tend to make the receiver's return go towards the server's forehand side.
- The free hand is flat, stationary, and above the playing surface and behind the endline.
- The bottom three fingers of the racket hand have been loosened, to allow the bat to be moved more freely when serving. This makes it easier to put more varieties of spin on the ball.
- The serve will be mainly sidespin, with smaller amounts of topspin or backspin used to make to make it more difficult for the receiver to judge the correct amount and type of spin on the ball.