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The Basic Tennis Serve

 

1. Hold your racquet pointing out toward the net with your dominant hand.

2. Plant feet steady into the ground behind the base line. (The line farthest from the net.) You should be positioned so that your shoulder lines up where you are aiming. (Keep in mind that the ball should cross over to the opposite side of the court from where you are standing and can only go in the first box. The line that ends this box is called the service line.)

3. Drop your racket and bring your racquet behind you in an arc-like motion. At the same time begin to toss the ball in front of you toward the court about 5 inches or so in front.

4. Drop your racquet behind your head in a motion almost like you're scratching your back.

5. Bring the racquet forward slowly and hit the ball with as much speed as you can while keeping control.

6. At the very end after contact break your wrist downward (making sure not to hit yourself) to help the ball land in the court.

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Tips to Improve Your Tennis Serve

Here are some helpful tips to improve the effectiveness of your tennis serve.

 

Adding Slice to your Tennis Serve

Having a prominent tennis serve is the key to dominating any tennis match. It is not all about power though. Adding a slice can keep your opponent off guard and also not allow them to tee off on your second serves.

 

How to Increase Serve Speed

Everyone watches the pros and gawks over how hard they serve. Easily 100+mph these days. Everyone wants to be able to blast their serve and have it unreturnable. Here are some ideas that should help you increase your serve power.

 

The Importance of a PreServe Routine

The importance of establishing a preserve routine in helping you relax and hit a good first serve.

 

The Second Serve - Putting on the Spin

To have any chance of success with your second serve, topspin or a slice is an absolute neccesity.

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