(intense music) (crickets chirping) – Hey guys, Scott and Nate
from PlayYourCourt.com and today we’re going
to show you how to hit a rocket serve like Nick Kyrgios. Alright guys, Nick Kyrgios, big topic in the news these days
and outside of his antics and all of the other
things that surround him we’ve got to address the biggest weapon, one of the biggest weapons
we see even on tour, Nick Kyrgios’ serve. Today this video is for players with a PlayYourCourt rating of 80 and up. If you’re not in our community or familiar with our rating system, it
really hurts our feelings, so click the link below
and join to check it out. – Please.
– If you don’t know already, a player court 80 is the equivalent of about a US State 4.5 and up, so this is for high level players. Nick Kyrgios, talk to me.
– Yeah man. The guy’s a force to be reckoned with, whether you love him or hate him. – Force to be reckoned with
if he tries and shows up. – And shows up, yeah.
– Yeah. – Let’s put his antics aside ’cause I know there’s going to be
people who are thinking, like why are you even
talking about this guy, he’s not good for the game. That point is neither
here nor there, like yes– – I don’t care what you
think about Nick Kyrgios. His serve is probably
better than yours and mine and Nate’s and most players in the world. – It’s one of the best serves in the world and it’s unique, and it
actually falls under something that we’ve talked about in the past, using the load and explode method. And he also, as we’ve discussed, uses the ritual that we
see most of the pros use, that we’re also going to cover. But his– – Which is asking someone in the stands where you should serve on that point, like at the City Open, in the finals. – It’s, as of late–
– In Acapulco. – In Acapulco, yeah, that’s
been the move lately. – That’s not the ritual we’re
going to teach you today. – But yeah, so we’re going
to really dive into this. We’ve got a friend here,
out here to help us. And we’re going to jump
into these mechanics that may improve your serve, as well, by (mumbles), we’ll
take a look at that now. Alright guys, so I’ve got Conor Somers, a Division 1 player at Notre Dame and we’ve been working on
his serve a little bit. And he’s been using kind
of a traditional method, holding the trophy stance, and
we’ve started incorporating a little bit of this load and explode. We’ll put the link in the video. And this is really what we’re focusing on with Nick Kyrgios’ serve. There’s a couple other things that work with the mechanics, we’ll
go through that now. But then what we’re going to
do, is we’re going to show you kind of the difference on this flat serve of what’s happening with
the load and explode and the traditional holding
the trophy stance, alright? So the first thing that
we want to talk about again, the rituals that all the pros use when Conor lines up for his serve. When he goes through the ball bounce. Alright, he doesn’t have
a ball, but as if he did, you’re going to notice
his back heel is up, okay? And this is important
because in Kyrgios’ serve what you’re going to notice is he has this like really exaggerated racket rock. So he’s immediately
starting with this tempo. He freezes here, alright,
and as his weight shifts, and he goes back to his back foot, man, this thing is off and moving. And the momentum just
works all the way through. And this is the key. This momentum, where it
builds up and it never stops, it just keeps moving
and building up speed, allows him to get a lot of power that holding the trophy
stance robs us of, okay? So this part is really important, like we could talk about
the external rotation that Nick has, just this
superhuman rotator cuff, the quick twitch, the
elasticity in his wrist, but a lot of the pros have that, right? That’s why they’re pros. But this method of
serving really allows him to get into some
incredible timing and tempo to hit these rocket serves, okay? Alright, so what we’re going to do now is we’re going to jump into it. We’ll show ’em, we’ll show
the serve that Conor’s had, right, and it’s a great serve,
it’s a Division 1 serve. And what he’s been working on
with this load and explode, really working getting to the ball and hitting through it faster. We’ll take a look at that now. (tennis ball impact) – [Nate] So much more of
an exaggeration there. And if you can just keep
running through ’em, Conor. He’s really pausing, and this is fine. For some people, this is great. I mean, Delpo, Delpo holds
it for a long, long time. Fed to some degree, not quite as much, but Fed to some degree
holds it, as well, alright. And this is something
that you many want to do on a kick serve, right, or on a ball that you need a little bit
more time to kick serve. You’re not quite as getting
this far out on the serve, so it makes a little
bit more sense, alright. So now what Conor’s going to focus on is keeping it moving
throughout the serve, alright, because what’s going to
happen is this gravity is going to build momentum, and therefore it’s going to build energy. The second thing that it’s going to do is, and this is something
that we’ve got to touch on with Kyrgios, his
ability to get into the court. I mean, the guy gets way into the court. Alright, so, one he’s taking that strike and really getting through
it, delivering that energy, but he’s also taking time
away from his opponent. So, typically where Kyrgios,
Conor if you’ll take two steps into the court. If Kyrgios lands here,
imagine, that’s almost four feet into the court,
three or four feet. What does three to four feet look like when you take that time
away from the opponent? Alright, so another key
element to Kyrgios’ serve. So Conor, using that load and explode, remember in another video we talked about if you can kind of get that cadence of load and explode and really go, don’t hold it, you’re
going to be able to find that you put some MPH on that serve. So let’s take a look at that now. (tennis balls impacting) – Alright guys, and looking at that, there’s one thing I
really want to address, and I think I’m going
to get some debate here, but in my personal
opinion, it’s always made no sense to me to have a service motion where you all-of-a-sudden stop completely in the trophy pose. To me, all of this energy
up until the trophy pose is wasted, and if I’m
just standing stationary to start, I would get the same energy. I understand, obviously, slowing
down to find that rhythm, but I want to take
advantage of this momentum of my racket moving my hips,
my shoulders, everything, building into a bigger stroke. And in my opinion, that’s
why Kyrgios’ serve is so big. Thoughts? – Yeah guys, I mean, gravity,
momentum, equal energy. Things in motion tend to
stay in motion, right, they pick up speed. When you’re really constricting a muscle, and you’re getting things to stop, right, you’ve lost that momentum. And so, you know, slowling
down as Scott said, slowing down the serve, that’s
not necessarily the issue. We see that with Delpo and
we see that with Federer. We’re talking about that hold, alright. And I guess Delpo does
hold to some degree, but– – Yeah–
– If you’re 6’7– – And you’re 6’7–
– Big boy. Yeah, definitely a big boy. Alright, so guys, what
are we focusing on here? Like, keeping the serve
moving, because not only does it create this momentum, alright, it’s also really difficult for
your opponent to read, right? Think about the time it
takes when you’re here, the ability for the
opponent to start watching the racket face, watching the
ball toss, it gives them time. That delivery is so fast
it’s really difficult to pick up the direction– – That can’t be understated, either, too. ‘Cause I think about, my
favorite player is Delpo. The thing I hate the most about his game is that toss hangs in the air forever. And he’s in this trophy stance for a pretty good amount of time. And if he didn’t hit the
ball so frickin’ big, it would be pretty easy to read his serve as compared to somebody
like Nick Kyrgios, so. – Well, let Delpo know that
you don’t like his toss. – I still love you, Delpo. – He doesn’t care, he could care less. So guys, takeaway, alright. Load and explode, what we talked about is getting into that cadence
of working up to that serve. There’s a whole lot of
other actionables, alright, we could talk about the pinpoint stance, Conor did platform, it
doesn’t really matter, right. We want things for you
to be able to take home and put into action immediately. The one point that we kind of glazed over was the ritual, and I
think this is important. When Kyrgios, right, the
ritual of the back toe up, when he’s going through
the bounce, alright, and then the rocking– – The back heel up. – The back heel up, yeah, sorry. So when he’s going through that rocking and he builds momentum here,
this is really important. It builds the whole the
machine that gets him going. And I think finally the thing
that we didn’t touch a ton on, but in controlling that left side you’ll see him and Thiem
do a phenomenal job when they hit of controlling, making sure they don’t overrotate by getting
that left arm out, alright. So, just a couple points to focus on, but definitely not holding
in that trophy stance. I think that’s where
you start and from there you start examining some of
the other little pieces of it. – For sure, guys, we hope this helped. Admittedly, this is for
a higher level player. If you’re a 3.0 or 3.5 out there watching this video right now, please don’t try and
implement any of this. In fact, do us a favor instead, click the button or the link below, answer some questions for Nate and I so we know exactly what
you’re skill level is and then we can help you
with the specific things you need to work with your serve. If you’re higher level, great,
implement some of this stuff, but hopefully we’ll see
you inside the community, one way or the other, so we can give you the custom video coaching
that you need for your game. We’ll see you guys soon.

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20 thoughts on “How To Hit Rocket Serves Like Nick Kyrgios”

  1. I’m a new head coach for high school, should I focus more on trophy pose or momentum. I have a wide verity of players

  2. The unfortunate thing about Kyrgios is that he bad mental attitude on the court discourages people from appreciating his high skill level and athleticism. But excellent lesson as the points you made were spot on. Thanks!

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  4. 1:19 "Nick Kyrgios serve is PROBABLY better than yours and mine". Yes that's PROBABLE. Believe in youselves guys and you can reach for the sky. And now, we can all serve like Nick Kyrgios.

  5. Amazing video guys. I do agree with you regarding the pause…at least in kinesiology once the muscles have stretched fully (or close) that's the time to fire, it only makes sense continue the stroke into its kinetic form…pausing may eventually turn into muscle fatigue and injury in the long run.

  6. Even though this is above my pay-grade I watched anyhow, and I'm even more angry over my lousy, stinking serve, where I get up a break and then promptly lose the advantage when I try to hold serve.

  7. Correct technique should not be based on skill level. Learn correct serve rhythm from the beginning so you don't have to relearn it again when you're at a "higher level".

  8. A couple observations. I'm glad you chose a shorter player because even though it helps to be tall, the technique is key. Nick uses a pinpoint stance…as he begins his forward momentum, the right foot moves up directly behind the left foot. All the really big servers do it this way probably because it creates bigger power than a platform serve. Also, Nick's wrist is quite loose as he prepares to rock backwards…another key to effortless power. I'm glad you mentioned how far inside the baseline he is when he makes contact. This takes away time but it also helps with power as he is moving all his weight forward.The load and explode is another way to get power as he jumps up through the hit and he wastes no time once the ball is tossed promoting a fast swing. Momentum + forward lean + jump + fast swing + loose wrist + height = ridiculous power.

  9. Haha so weird that this video dropped only last week because I have literally just 3 days ago learned and copied the kyrgios serve. Ritual and all. Loving it

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