Serve Technique

“You are only as good as your second serve” is one of the most common phrases in the game. The reality is that if your opponent is able to start the point by attacking the return or even worse, by winning the point through a double fault, your chances of winning the match are slim. In this section, you will find everything you need to develop the serve you always wanted.

Whether you are looking for better placement, more power, or different spins, the tips in the serve technique section will help.

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Flat Serve Back View

The back view is the perfect perspective to look at the torso rotation and the shoulder and arm action on the serve. Our player uses a platform stance and a nice torso rotation. The hitting shoulder is below the tossing shoulder in the p...

The Serve

The serve is arguably the most important stroke in tennis. Every point starts with a serve and being able to gain control of the point right from the start with a forcing shot can make a huge difference. To get access to the...

Spin Serve (Bird view)

Here is another example of a bird view of a player serving. In this case it is a spin serve. Observe how the racquet-head continues moving from left to right through contact to spin the ball. To get access to the videos and pr...

Serve (Bird view)

Here is another great example of a bird view analysis of a serve. This serve is flat as you will recognize by the rotation of the forearm to and through contact. Additionally, from this angel one gets a very clear view of the frontal bod...

Serve Flat (Back view)

The back view of the flat serve provides a great angle to observe the toss in relation to the body and the racquet path behind the body as the player swings the racquet up to the ball. Observe how the racquet remains on edge as it travel...

Serve Flat (Bird view)

This flat serve analysis from a top view show the rotation of the shoulder and forearm as the arm moves up to hit the ball. Also interesting is the contact point which is farther in front and slightly more to the right (right handed play...

Serve (Front view)

From this angle one notices several things.  The player uses a pin point stance stepping forward with his right leg to allow him to push up from a narrower base.   To get access to the videos and premium media, just login he...

Kick Serve (Back view)

A kick serve allows the player to spin the ball forwards akin to a topspin groundstroke. The spin allows the player to hit higher over the net thus increasing the margin of error. It also generates a very high bounce that forces the oppo...

Serve Kick (Bird view)

The bird view of this kick serve allows us to observe closely the correct contact point and racquet work to make the ball spin forwards. Interesting is to observe how the player uses the wrist to propulse the racquet head in the desired ...

Serve Slice (Bird view)

This bird view gives us a very nice look at the path of the racquet on a slice serve. It is important to notice the angle of the racquet at contact and how the forearm pronates even on a slice serve. To get access to the video...

Improving your Serve through the Right Focus

Improving your Serve through the Right Focus

Everyone understands the importance of watching the ball in tennis but many people wrongly believe that this does not apply to the serve. Here is a drill to help you improve your tracking ability when serving. To get access ...

The Ideal Serving Grip

The Ideal Serving Grip

The clip will explore the best way to grip the racquet to serve, explaining the importance of changing your grip from a Forehand Grip to a Continental Grip to achieve long term success. To get access to the videos and premiu...

Understanding Spin on the Serve

Understanding Spin on the Serve

In this video you will understand how to hit the three different types of serve: flat, slice and kick. The video will use the analogy of a clock to accelerate your understanding. To get access to the videos and premium media...

The Ideal Elbow Position on the Serve

The Ideal Elbow Position on the Serve

A common mistake is to drop the elbow too low on the power position, which will lead to inconsistencies and loss of power. The video will clarify the ideal elbow position for an effective serve. To get access to the videos a...

Learning to Use the Continental Grip to Serve

Learning to Use the Continental Grip to Serve

As beginners learning to serve with a forehand grip is easier because the motion does not require any pronation of the forearm. However, when changing to a Continental grip to improve the serve the player will need to learn to pronate t...

Learning to Rotate the Torso When Serving

Learning to Rotate the Torso When Serving

Learning to serve with more upper body rotation is frequently a bonus for the advanced player, allowing them to serve with more power, disguise and spin. Here is a nice exercise to help them accomplish this. To get access to...

Developing a Smooth Serving Motion

Developing a Smooth Serving Motion

Developing a fluid serving motion will help you improve the effectiveness of your serve allowing for a better transfer of forces. Here is an exercise that will help you develop a continuous and loose serving motion. To get a...

Checking for Balance on the Serve

Checking for Balance on the Serve

A great way to check if you are serving in balance is by checking the landing. If you are able to land on balance you where most likely balanced throughout the whole motion. Here is how to do this. To get access to the video...

Learning to Serve by Throwing

Learning to Serve by Throwing

Serving is nothing else than throwing the racquet at the ball. The building blocks for a great serve are throws. Here are a couple of examples of how one can practice the serve through throwing. To get access to the videos a...

Calibrating your Serve Left, Right

Calibrating your Serve Left, Right

Here is a great exercise to help you develop precision on the serve. The idea is to purposely hit right of your intended target, then left and then at the target. The small adjustments will make you a much better server. To ...

Calibrating your Serve Long, Short

Calibrating your Serve Long, Short

Tennis is all about being able to adjust when necessary. It is not uncommon for players to finish a match and complain about hitting every serve in the net or every serve long. Here is a drill to help them adjust when needed. ...

The Role of the Non Dominant Hand

The Role of the Non Dominant Hand

The non-dominant hand plays a very important role on the serve. It helps toss the ball and stabilize the upper body. Only through the correct use of the non-dominant hand will you be able to achieve the proper transfer of forces on the ...

The Landing on the Serve

The Landing on the Serve

How you land on the serve is a great gauge of the overall efficiency of the stroke. The video will show you the proper way to land to assure that you are transferring forces correctly when serving. To get access to the video...

The Importance of the Power Position

The Importance of the Power Position

The “power position” is one of the most important elements of the serve. The video will describe the ideal “power position” for an effective serve, breaking it down in all of its key elements. To get access to the vi...

The Ideal Timing on the Serve

The Ideal Timing on the Serve

Timing the different segments on the serve is extremely important. Even the best technique will suffer when the timing is not right. Here a few points on improving the timing of your serve. To get access to the videos and pr...

Keep your Eyes at Contact

Keep your Eyes at Contact

The importance of tracking the ball to contact is well known to every tennis player however, it is mostly forgotten on the serve. Here are some important observations on this point. To get access to the videos and premium me...

Control your Body for a Better Toss

Control your Body for a Better Toss

Many times problems with the toss are related to a lack of balance or to an incorrect shift of the body weight, rather than to faults in the tossing arm. Let’s look at the correct way to use the body when tossing. To get a...