Improving Your Serve

By: Jonathon Hardcastle

Tennis is a tough game, both physically and mentally, and requires a great deal of effort and dedication to improve. Having said that, by devoting the time to learn new techniques, and consolidate your existing game, you can improve your overall on-court performance in no time. One of the most important aspects of tennis is the serve.

It's your chance to score heavily, but it's also your opponents chance to break you down, and smash your spirits. During the serve, the pressure is definitely on, to impress and score consistently. However, by resorting to the basics, and ensuring you remember each vital point, you can work towards establishing a solid routine for more consistent serving.

To start off, you should think about your stance. Although it's not the most glamorous part of the game, it is definitely crucial to providing a solid foundation for a solid serve. Ensure that your feet are pointing in the right direction, and that they remain around a shoulder's width apart.

It's also crucial to keep your knees bent, as this will allow you to generate the necessary power through your toss to give you that strong serve. Additionally, you should probably try to maintain a Continental grip through your first serve to generate raw power through the ball. Although this might not feel the most comfortable, it is definitely worth it, and you'll find it becomes a great deal easier as you become more used to it.

Another vital aspect of the serve is the toss. The toss sets up the serve and allows you to power right through the ball. You should hold the ball lightly within your fingertips and toss in a vertical path above head height. This should trigger your serve routine, which should involve the bending of the knees, drawing of the arm and the eventual snap through the ball to finish. By practicing the toss, you should end up achieving a consistency that can help set off a stronger and more accurate serve time after time.

Tennis is definitely a challenging game, and improving the serve is one of the trickier aspects. However, by continually practicing, and thinking about routine, both prior to and during the serve, you can hopefully achieve a consistency that will bring better results and improve your game. By improving your serve, you should ultimately improve your chances of winning more service points, which will allow you to refine your skills in other areas of the game.

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