Serve Drills

The serve is one of the most important shots in tennis and at the same time, one of the least practiced. Part of the reason for this is that most players do not really know how to practice their serves.

The variety of drills that you will find in this section will solve that problem, and help you develop the dependable serve you need to take your game to the next level.

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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 ...

Searching for Balance - Ball Between Feet

Searching for Balance – Ball Between Feet

This is a great drill to work on improving toss accuracy and balance. The player stands at the baseline and tries to serve without moving his/her feet, pressing a ball between them. To get access to the videos and premium medi...

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...

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...

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 premi...

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 ...