Hi everybody! Nadim here for Online Tennis Instruction. Another tip for the serve that seems very important and problems that occur over and over regardless of the players level. I see this happening quite a bit where the fluidity and the power generation on the serve is really not optimal. And very often it is because of the same thing that players do incorrectly. What exactly am i talking about? When players start a lot of them go back put a lot of you guys you go back and what happens your wrist opens and your racket goes really far behind you. This position here does not allow for a good right to left movement of your head and ultimately the racket drop which is the position you need to be in in order to get good power for your serve. If you’re back here you’re much more likely to get into an awkward position. You can get somewhat of a racket drop but it’s in a very bad position very far away from your body. That is not a very good position to be in because it’s very difficult for you to lead with the elbow up to contact. In fact all the players who do this you will see that you’re leading with your hand. You cannot generate enough fluidity and also no power! So what I want you to do is I want you to get into a position where the palm does not open and the distance of the racket to your head doesn’t get too great. So I want you to start by making this turn here and what I want to utilize is the fence for this because the fence will tell you whether you’re trying to go too far or not. So let me take a step back further towards the fence here, get into a serving position with about 2 feet from the fence and now I want you to get into this position right here… which the points of focus are the palm is down so the racket face with which I’m going to hit the ball is pointing down and my elbow is clearly below my shoulder. Those are very important prerequisites to get this right. So first you’re going back here, if you’re trying to do this the fence will stop you. So you want to make sure you get into this position your elbow is below shoulder, racket face and palm are down… Now the important part here to note is when you go correctly right to left over your head and you don’t have a great distance back here. You will see that the furthest body part away from your head is your elbow. So you’re truly only bending at the elbow you’re not activating the wrist at all. The wrist stays very, very calm so you can get into this right to the left movement which is the very important prerequisite so that you can get into a nice racket drop. And If you do so correctly and do so slowly you want to pay attention to first here elbow below shoulder, palm down. I bend at the elbow and at the elbow only to get the right to left activity and I see that the elbow is the furthest body part away from my head. Now I continue this motion, the elbow becomes from lower than shoulder to about shoulder level and then I’m going to be able to lead with the elbow which will get my racket into the racket position that I desire to get a fluid and powerful serve action. Now it is very important that you do this slowly first! I’ve done numerous sessions just in recent days with the four or five players who are struggling with this. So this is not an easy concept especially if you’ve been playing at a high level for a long time, your brain and muscle memory is just going to want to take over so you need to slow it down. Again last time. I want to distance myself from the fence so that when i start i can comfortably stay in this position palm down, elbow below shoulder and then I bend only at the elbow with the wrist not active so the face stays down, the face of the racket and I continue with the racket right to left so the elbow slowly comes up to shoulder level and then goes up beyond shoulder level into the lead position here so I can get this racket drop and then I can come up to contact. If I do so and I do so fluidly this will be a very powerful serve so go out utilize the fence to your benefit and give this exercise a try!

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33 thoughts on “Tennis Serve Tip: A Key Drill For More Serve Power”

  1. If you've had any experience throwing a ball (baseball or whatever), I've found that a natural way to go about this is to do the same motion as if you're going to throw a ball. You'll get the same angle and elbow only movement as described in this video without having to overthink it

  2. Great point to move elbow only, not wrist, before racket drop. I have major problems getting students to stay palm down long enough before racket drop. Your instruction should help.

  3. Nadim is such a good technique teacher. My single handed backhand has become more consistent thanks to you.

  4. I think I will try this except you were not 2 feet from the fence. What is the proper length for this drill? Shoulder width, maybe? That's what it looks like you are.

  5. Very good tip. Hope to see some tips on the spin serve. I notice that even 4.0 players rarely have a good spin serve. Certainly easier to learn when you are young because of the need to hit up an over the net. Hope to see some great tips. I really like your teaching style. James

  6. Thank for your video. I believe John Isner serves like you. I am just saying looking at a slow motion video of John Isner and comparing with your serve action Mr. Coach is this correct?

  7. Thanks, Nadim, it‘s a great videos.Can I ask you a question? I want to know if smash just like the serve technique(start to the trophy position and just rotate the elbow for racquet drop, no wrist action until pronation?) thank you very much.

  8. Awesome video. Way to break this down. I have never heard the racquet drop pre-requisites explained this way ( and why it should be done this way !!) Thanks

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