Tennis Serve Lesson
Keeping Your Body and Mind On The Ball for a Tennis Serve
Most people consider the tennis serve to be one of the most complex strokes in
the game, but that shouldn't dissuade you from learning how to do it. With a regular tennis
serve lesson, you too can master this shot.
To start off, let's look at the most common problems with the tennis serve
The player tries too hard by using too many muscles
Using the forehand grip
Hitting many of the shots into the net
Looking down the court before hitting the ball
Really great players look effortless when hitting a powerful serve. If you try
to hit a serve fast, you're likely using too many muscles and are actually making your body work
against itself. Powerful serves don't come from trying hard; they come from trying less.
Start your tennis serve lesson by serving a couple balls the
way you normally do - pay attention to how much you exert yourself and how fast the ball goes. For
the next few serves during your tennis serve lesson , try hitting the ball with less effort -
you'll likely notice the same speed comes out of the less-exertion.
Next step in your tennis serve lesson is to try to hit the ball with more speed
and even less exertion than before. Try this a few times and you'll soon realize that the more you relax and focus,
the faster the serve gets. You'll likely have to serve 30 or so balls before you can see the results in your tennis
You likely know that the continental grip is the most versatile for serving, but you use your
forehand grip because it feels strong and comfortable in your hand. However, you're letting your game slide by
using your forehand grip. During your tennis serve lesson, practice using the continental grip.
You'll have to go slowly during the first parts of your tennis serve lesson because your arm and wrist aren't used
to this grip. Hit using only 25 per cent of your speed and gradually increase from there during your tennis serve
Many serves end up into the net - mostly due to physics. When you imagine your serve going in a
straight line - from your racquet to the other side of the court - the direct line likely goes straight through the
net, unless you're over six foot five inches tall - the net is in the way! The way to get around this is to
practice hitting above the net in your tennis serve lesson.
If you look down the court before you hit the ball, you'll lose sight of the ball. If you move
your head before you hit the ball, everything gets thrown off and you will mishit the ball or miss it completely.
Your mind takes your body to the future, and your body, still stuck in the present, reacts differently. You have to
keep your mind and body on the ball at all times during your tennis serve lesson. Watch the ball, follow with your
body and don't look down the court until you have connected racquet with ball. Visualize where you want the ball to
go, but don't look to the spot. Keep your eye on the ball and practice this during your tennis serve
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