Updated: Feb 7
Are you vexing over your tennis serve? You can bet on the fact that your tennis match won’t be successful if you don’t know how to execute the serve in a consistent and effective manner.
I have noticed that many beginner tennis players are not able to strike the perfect serve because they don’t have a consistent manner of serving. Here are 5 great tennis serve tips to guide you in making your serve better and more challenging for your opponent:
1. Be relaxed when you are serving
Many tennis players have the skills but don’t know how to relax during the game. Relaxation is especially important when you are serving because you cannot afford tensed muscles during the serve.
Relax your wrist and arm by resting your racquet on your tossing arm before you begin your motion. This will retain the elasticity in your muscles. Also don’t forget to breathe in and out through nose through out the game.
2. Use continental grip for your serve
If you are using the frying pan grip, please change. The continental grip is considered the best grip for serve. Ok, I admit that it is not the easiest grip to learn for serve. However for long term benefits, you should learn it. It will give you more variety of serves, such as flat serve, slice serve and kick serve. Try it to see the amazing difference in your serve.
3. Don’t underestimate the height of ball toss
The ball toss has a very big impact on your serve, but is taken lightly by beginner tennis players. It is a very bad idea to toss the ball in different ways. Toss the ball too high then you will upset the timing of your serving motion, making it difficult to hit on aimed target of the racquet’s strings. However, if you toss the ball too low then it will be tough for you to make an accurate and powerful serve. Therefore, you need to find the perfect balance and stick to it!
Practice the ball toss and establish your own rhythm through repetition. Repetition will eliminate unpredictable ball tosses.
4. Always remember that different serves have different ball toss
This is another important factor about ball toss which beginner tennis players should practice. For example, during a flat serve keep the ball at your right side and in front of you. Avoid tossing the ball too far in front. On the other hand, during a slice serve, the ball should be tossed over your head and a little towards the right side for right-handed players. However suppose it was a top spin serve then you would toss the ball a bit behind and above your head. For right handed people, it should be slightly towards your left. The top spin serve will add more spin to your ball.
5. Keep your foot in control
You don’t want to foul your serve by placing your foot in the wrong position. Also if you foot fault then all your efforts in the serve will go down the drain. To avoid doing that, during practice, place some sort of marker like a cone or a towel in front of your foot so that whenever you move your foot, you instantly catch on and stop! Keep doing this till you stop foot faulting.
Keep these tennis serve tips in mind and practice! Soon you will find more cheap points coming to you.
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