Tennis Serve – 3 Tips To Instantly Improve Your Serve. The serve in tennis is the most complex shot in the game and for the vast majority of players, the most complicated and hardest stroke to master.
There are so many elements involved that often we’re overloaded with small details to focus on. In this tennis serve lesson, Top Tennis Training coach Simon Konov will share with you three tips that will help you improve your tennis serve instantly.
If you ask most players what they struggle with on their tennis serve, they’ll tell you three main things:
1. The ball toss on the serve
2. Consistency with their first and second serve
3. Getting the serve in under the pressure of a real-life match.
With these three tennis serve tips, you’ll hopefully eradicate all three of these common problems.
The first step to transforming your tennis serve is to tame your ball toss and get it under control. The main reason that players struggle with their ball toss on the serve is they think about the toss as a throw. They throw the ball up and this causes them to lose control of the toss. Instead of looking at the ball toss as a throw, think about placing the ball in the right location. By “placing the ball”, you’ll instantly lower your toss and slow down the tossing arm.
When we get nervous and especially tight, most of our first serves will end up in the net. This is due to our body collapsing prior to contact and the main reason we collapse is we drop our non-hitting hand way too early which will force the shoulders and head to drop. In order to clear the net, the first step is maintaining good balance with the upper body, this can be achieved by pointing the left hand (if you’re right-handed) towards the ball, your target on the serve. When you make contact with the ball, try to keep your head up and see the ball all the way until the blur of the contact point and then the ball traveling off your strings.
Intentions on your serve. For most players, the first serve is a chance to crush the ball, going for maximum power, normally very flat. In general, this destroys the first serve percentage, especially in matches. In order to increase your first serve percentage, a simple trick is to hit a serve that is between a first and second serve. So a “1.5” serve. This will have more power than your normal second serve but increased spin rates, so either more slice or more topspin which will increase the margins on your serve.
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