Practicing Serve and Return


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Serving in Balance

Serving in Balance

This is a useful exercise to test the balance and finishing position on the serve. The player is asked to hold the finish. The player should land on the front leg with the back leg in the air. The racquet head should be pointing down in ...

Stopping the Return

Stopping the Return

The player stands way inside the baseline and the coach serves from the service line on the other side of the net. The job of the player is to try to allign the strings to the incoming ball placing the racquet head on the path of the bal...

Off the Bounce Returns

Off the Bounce Returns

A good way to practice the shorter backswing on the return is by having the player stand very close to the service line and return from there. From that position the player will not have time to take a large backswing and will get comfor...

Getting Behind the Ball and Tracking the Return

Getting Behind the Ball and Tracking the Return

Two common mistakes when returning are: not tracking the ball to contact and reaching for the ball. This drill attacks both problems by forcing the player to work on catching the ball in front of the body with both hands. To get access t...

Minimum Movement Return

Minimum Movement Return

A common problem on the return is moving too much and therefore loosing precision. In this drill the player works on staying totally still to return using as little body movement as possible. The idea is to work on stability. To get acce...

improving Focus on the Return

Improving Focus on the Return

Watching the ball to contact is essential when returning serve and the most critical period is from the bounce to contact. In this exercise the player is forced to watch the ball all the wat to contact by calling “bounce” exactly as...

Disguising the Serve

Disguising the Serve

Ideally the player should learn to hit the serve in any direction off the same toss. The best way to practice this is for the coach to stand behind the player as the player serves. Once the ball is in the air, the coach will yell: T or w...

In the Air Returns Collection

In the Air Returns Collection

A good way to teach players to use short swings and meet the ball in front of the body is by having them stand against the back fence and rushing them with fast feeds that do not bounce.To get access to the videos and premium media, just...

Bounce Feeds Return

Bounce Feeds Return

A return is nothing more than a groundstroke with a short backswing. In order to force the player to shorten the backswing it is important to take away time. By standing close to the player and feeding fast bouncing shots, the coach forc...

Calibrating the Serve - Length

Calibrating the Serve – Length

In this exercise the player will serve from different distances to the net trying to hit the serve into the service box every time. By doing this, the player will learn how to adjust his/her swing to hit the ball deeper or shorter, allow...

Return Collection - In the Air

Return Collection – In the Air

Although it is widely accepted that the return of serve is one of the most important shots in the game, practicing it enough is difficult since it requires someone to serve a high volume of balls.To get access to the videos and premium m...

Using Ball Throws to Improve the Serve

Using Ball Throws to Improve the Serve

The player will alternate throwing a tennis ball as far as possible, with fast explosive serves. The idea is to work on accelerating the arm and then transferring this motion to the serve. Load and Frequency: The player should throw 3 to...

Weighted Figure 8’s

Weighted Figure 8’s

Adding extra weight to the head of the racquet and shadowing continuous swings is a great way to improve the fluidity of the serve. This is a great drill to use as a warm up for the serve.To get access to the videos and premium media, ju...

Return: Spanish Return Pattern

Return: Spanish Return Pattern

Many top players from Spain and South America choose to use this type of return – therefore we call it the “The Spanish Point Initiation”. A similar point initiation can also be used as a server. The server serves wide and moves to...

Serve Methodology: On your Knees

Serve Methodology: On your Knees

Serving on one knee will first of all take the lower body out of the serving motion so that the players can concentrate on the arm action. Once the players start hitting the ball up, it will usually clear the net and frequently land in t...

Serve Methodology: Toss Basics

Serve Methodology: Toss Basics

Many movements are similar in different Sport activities. In this case we will borrow from bowling. The player swings the arm back holding a ball… … and rolls the ball as straight as possible with a controlled and fluid underarm mo...

Serve Methodology: Contact Point Awareness

Serve Methodology: Contact Point Awareness

Players toss the ball and swing but try to stop their racquet at the ideal contact point. This is hard to coordinate but will help players visualize the ideal contact point. It is also a great opportunity for the coach to correct faulty...

Serve-Methodology: Shortening the Backswing

Serve-Methodology: Shortening the Backswing

Using an abbreviated swing will help the players concentrate on the pronation of the forearm with the Continental grip. Important: Players should start the abbreviated motion with the racquet pointing up in order to keep the loop fluid a...

Serve: The Trick with the Frame

Serve: The Trick with the Frame

This is one of many drills that we use to help our players succeed in changing their grip to the Continental Grip once they progress to this stage of their development. This trick helps us to teach them that without forearm rotation they...

Timing the Toss

Timing the Toss

The player holds two balls, one in each hand. A colored ball in the tossing hand (Stage 3) A regular tennis ball in the hitting hand He imitates a service motion tossing the colored ball and trying to hit it with the regular tennis ball....

Serve: Controlling the Non-Dominant Arm

Serve: Controlling the Non-Dominant Arm

Catching the ball by leaving the tossing arm up The players toss the ball with their normal tossing motion and try to catch the ball by leaving the tossing arm up. The left arm serves as a control mechanism for the serve. The better the ...

Points: Return Crosscourt Approaching the Net

Players play on half the doubles court crosscourt. The server only has one serve. The returner has to approach the net at every return. The returner should start moving forward as the server tosses.To get access to the videos and premium...