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Tennis Serve – 3 Tips To Instantly Improve Your Serve

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.

Tip One:
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.

Tip Two:
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.

Tip Three:
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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  1. There’s something so cool about how I viewed this video 2 years ago but I can rewatch it now and pick up on a lot of concepts I didn’t really understand before

  2. Hi Simon, Really enjoy your videos! My toss has been all over the place so i am going with your finger tip toss. Also, just wondering why you don't express hitting up on the ball for more spin?

  3. Nice content and ephemera on the desk. Add some tapestries or foam off camera to absorb some sound and avoid that "slap back" reverb sound on the audio.

  4. ohhh I play volleyball and watch this one anime about volleyball and I'm barely FULLY understanding what people mean about the "apex/peak of the ball" how it stays at the one point for longer than any other points, like the max/min of a parabola💀💀

    P.S I'm fairly new to tennis but I'm a fast learner

  5. I would like to ask something about how to improve my control over my ball toss because I feel there is something wrong I do at the very beginning of the toss with the orientation of my palm that causes exactly what you say one must not do, i.e. "throwing" instead of "placing". To me the issue is: how must I position my left hand in order to direct the toss to the right height, and without losing control ? Do you have a tip for increasing that control ? Antonietta from Rome.

  6. Great video thanks but I did find it very odd that out of the many, many serve examples you showed of players in the video that none of them were female.

  7. I realized that I was not keeping my eye on the ball through contact. Also I was not tilting my shoulders very much. It help to take a video camera to the practice and video tape yourself hitting serves.

  8. Hi Simon, another great video!Question for you: what is your opinion on calling foot faults? I play regularly at a London-based tennis club. I also play in the Wilson Surrey League. I regularly see players foot fault (sometimes as much as a foot inside the serve line; other times the server stands on the T for a deuce serve with the back foot on the ad side). When I'm playing and it happens I often mention it to my opponent afterwards (whether I win or lose) to avoid disrupting the match. What's your opinion on how best to handle this situation? Thanks

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