Hi! This is Jeff Salzentein. CEO of Tennis Evolution and USTA High Performance coach. I’ve got a powerful serve lesson today that is going to go over what you can do with your off-hand to help you stay up on your serve. So, let’s get to that lesson right now. So, before we talk about how you can improve your serve, improve staying up on your serve by focusing on your off-hand, I’ve got to show you the problem that I see with a lot of wrecked players. So, what ends up happening is when players are serving, when they’re serving, and they toss the ball, their fingers are all contorted like this. I see this all the time. Now, if you look at the best pros in the world: Federer Sampras, and others, you’re going to see the hand is extended the fingers are extended. So, when I see a wrecked player, or a junior player, or any player for that matter struggling with their off-hand when they toss the ball and this hand is all- kind of- fingers and the hands are kind of scrunched up and contorted and it looks like an alien, I try to get that player to focus on really spreading those fingers after they toss the ball. So, you can practice this by doing a shadow stroke, getting into trophy position, and just putting your tossing arm up like this. And notice how I’m spreading the fingers. Now, keep in mind that when you toss the ball and you actually hit the serve, you’re going to have a harder time doing this if you’re not used to it So, you’re really going to have to practice shadow strokes first, then you can you try to do it when you actually hit serves and you’re really going to have to commit to spreading those fingers. So, take a look at what it’s going to look like when I hit a serve, and I focus on spreading my fingers on my tossing hand. [Jeff Salzentein tennis serve] That one felt great. And again, I really focused on extending my tossing arm up, and really spreading those fingers. Let me show you that again. [Jeff Salzentein tennis serve slow motion] And that, just again, it allows me to stay up on the serve and to really explode because I’m taller when I do this. If I have my fingers all contorted, and my arms slightly bent, I’m not going to be able to extend up to the ball as much. So, that’s a great tip that you can focus on the next time you step on the court or you can actually focus on what your off-hand does when you’re serving to improve your serve. Now, if you got a lot of value out of this lesson, go ahead and click the Thumbs Up button. Feel free to subscribe if you want to get updated on all of the latest lessons that we release and of course, leave a comment down below, or a question and I look forward to seeing you at the next lesson. Thanks so much for your time today, and go take action on the courts. Go ahead and click the tennis ball or the link below in the description to get free tennis tips over at TennisEvolution.com

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17 thoughts on “TENNIS SERVE TIP – Why Your “Off Hand” Is Critical To Your Tennis Serve”

  1. I hope you enjoy this Tennis Serve Lesson. Please ask a question or comment below and I will be glad to help you. Happy Holidays.

  2. Did you notice that in your shadow serve the palm of your tossing arm was facing forward, but in the actual serve the palm was facing toward the back fence?  In the slow motion serves of Federer and Sampras I notice that they begin with the palm facing the fence but rotate the palm forward as they hit the ball.

  3. Jeff – how do you build momentum on the toss without disturbing the rest of the service motion?  I'd like to try to get my toss higher to involve the legs but find myself accelerating the tossing arm too fast and having an inconsistent toss.

  4. Love this tip! Related to that, does the same hold true for your off hand during forehands? Thanks for the great vids!

  5. This is such a key part of the serve. It really extends the reach and massively improves the angle of the serve for clearance over the net and jump off the bounce.
    (It seems analogous to what one should do w their off hand for a good forehand.)

  6. Leaving my toss arm extended as long as possible really helps keep my body mechanics to be correct. Keeping my eye on the ball at contact is also critical. These two rules for my serve have helped me to maintain power, accuracy and consistency more than anything.

  7. 1:55 nice serv !

    Such a importen tip that control especially the first low-high racketarm moves. In a nother Salzenstien video such a great thing like to KEEP you racketarm low frozen with no swing at all just a couple of shot, and do the throw and then first start the serv.

    From such a smart theme, you can see that if you get rid of the throwarm to early you servarm will go to low and do a notch in rhythm, and if you ball-throwarm stay a bit longer you rhythm will change immediately.

    All those chain related things Salzenstein show in thise tips.

    And how to hand throw.

    That's years plus know how pratice in REAL LIFE !

    Bravo a pro coach !

  8. Serve myths debunked: Former Top 100 ATP Pro, Jeff Salzenstein, is exposing 3 common myths that could be crippling your serve potential. Most players make at least 1 of these 3 mistakes… Do you? https://goo.gl/xBWydz

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