Hello! Today I’d like to talk to you
about the serve fundamentals. The easiest way to think about the serve is as two
actions, the first action is tossing the ball in the right place so that you can
accelerate the racket towards the ball. in order to toss, what you need to do is
you need to make sure that there’s no movement of the wrist and there’s no
movement of the elbow. So you toss it from the shoulder. You’re going to hold
the ball on the tip of your fingers not on the palm of the hand and then
what you’re going to do is you’re going to lift your arm and release the ball. If
you ball is spinning as you’re tossing it, you’re not holding it correctly. The
ball should go up and hardly spin at all, so practice it. Make sure that your arm
is fairly stiff, that you bring it all the way down and all the way up and points at the ball. You do not want to just chuck the ball up there. You want to
make sure that the arm comes all the way down and all the way up. so that is the first
part of the serve, and in order to do that usually what you do is: you always wanna
start sideways because the second part of the serve is really a throwing motion. So
in order to throw a ball over handed you’re always gonna get sideways and
throw. It’s exactly the same thing you’re actually just throwing the racket
at the ball. That’s an easiest way to think about the serve. So this hand, what is
this hand doing. This hand is throwing the racquet up at the ball. Okay, so you start sideways , like you are going to throw, you point the racket in the direction of
where you want to serve, and then both hands come down together and you’re
you’re tossing arm ii going to come together with your hitting arm,
and then once they get close to the inside of your leg, you just gonna
separate. That is the easiest way to do it. There’s a lot of players that maybe take abbreviate serves. it doesn’t really matter how you do it. The
most important thing is that whatever you do, you are
getting into the trophy position, into the power position, that is the goal of the
preparation. You want to get your body into this position so that you can push
with your legs. So there’s a lot of ways to get there. The easiest way to think
about is pointing at your target, relaxing your arms separating them here, then
just toss it. Once you get into the power position what you wanna do is, your
elbow is going to be 90 degrees to your body and you don’t want the elbow low, just like throwing a ball. it’s exactly the same thing. You want to make sure that
you knees are bent, that your left arm is up, and then from there you’re basically
just going to push. Your arms are going to switch. As this
arm goes up, as the hitting arm goes up, the tossing arm comes down. And the tossing arm is going to come down to your stomach. You don’t want the tossing arm to be coming down around you, because that’s going to turn your body around.
When you make contact you want to make sure that your head is up and that you are making contact in front body not
behind your body. Make sure the contact is in front of the body . Usually once you
feel comfortable with the motion you’re going to jump from this position up and you are going to land on the front leg. The back leg is going to remain in the air as you land. You want to make sure that you reach pretty much full extension when you make contact with the ball. So you want to make sure that you toss the ball into the court. So if you don’t hit the ball it should land in the court. If the ball is constantly landing in the green you are going to have a hard time hitting it. So the first thing that you need to do
is you need to make sure that the toss is in the right spot, and that it is high
enough to reach full extension. So if you just put your racket up there and
look up, you should toss at least a head higher than that, to give you a little bit of time for the ball to come down and you to swing up at it. Usually you don’t want to let the balls drop too much but everybody lets it drop a little bit. It
just allows you to prepare your body to swing. So here are some of the things
that you need to be aware of: first, the grip. Usually when you’re starting out a
lot of people start with the forehead grip works okay for the basics.
Once you have the basic motion you’re going to have to change to a Continental
grip, just like a hammer. If this was a hammer that’s how I would hold it. Ok, use your
Continental grip once you feel comfortable. That would be step one. Step two, get sideways, step three use a stiff arm without moving the wrist without
moving the elbow. to toss the ball. Make sure that that left arm or right arm if you are lefty stays up and you are pointing at the ball. You wannaget extension you will really be stretching that part of the body. As you toss you get into the power position. The bodies is in the
front leg, the knees are bent you have a little bit of an arc here, your shoulders are
tilted a little bit but the elbow is not down the elbow is at 90 degrees. Just the shoulders are tilted. Once you get into that position you’re throwing the racquet
up to the ball. you want to make sure that you conduct with your body totally
extended, from right tip of your right hand it to your left foot. All the
way through across the body, total extension. When you’re landing the front foot and in
balance. To start with, it’s okay to just pivot. Use this bag leg. Make sure that when you’re practicing serving, if you haven’t done it too much you toss and you turn. sideways and turn. There you have it those are basically the things, the basics the fundamentals of the serve: Continental grip, 90 degrees, straight arm to toss, the power position, making sure that the
highest point and make sure that your body’s going forward landing on the
front leg if you’re an advanced server or simply pivoting and throwing the racquet in the
direction of the ball

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Dennis Veasley

3 thoughts on “Tennis Instruction: Key Technical Aspects of the Serve”

  1. Edgar, your videos are very detailed and useful however, the audio is very poor. There must be microphones that echo cancel or some software that can remove this in post production.

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