How To Improve Your Tennis Serve - 3 Tips
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How To Improve Your Tennis Serve  -  3 Tips

Tennis is a fun filled sport that can be played for many decades by individuals regardless of their age. Whether you are left-handed, or right-handed, as long as you have a partner that can go out with you on a regular basis, you can maintain your overall health by getting the exercise that you need. Although tennis is typically something that many individuals do for fun, it is also a very competitive sport that causes people to try to improve their overall game. Although your forehand and backhand are very important strokes to master, one of the most important aspects of tennis is your serve. In most cases, people that do their second serve are not too worried about their consistency. It is usually popped over very lightly, just to get the game and play. However, your first serve can mean the difference between winning consistently, or simply double faulting on a regular basis leading to unwanted losses throughout the week. In this article, we will provide very specific tips that you can use when learning how to improve your tennis serve today.

The Basics

When you serve a ball for the first point, you are going to position yourself behind the baseline. The baseline is located at the furthest end of the rectangle which forms the tennis court itself. There are two other lines extending the full-length of the court on either side, with the innermost one called the singles sideline. And in between the singles sidelines, and the middle line which is called the center service line, are four boxes, two on either side of the net. The goal of the server, starting on the outside of the right side of the baseline, is to hit the ball into the opposing box located between the net and the service line. If the ball is able to land in this area, or catch the line creating this smaller rectangular area, the ball is now in play. Doing this with a second serve is extremely easy, but when trying to add speed, spin, and direction with a first serve that can sometimes accelerate to speeds over 100 mph, having the ability to be consistent and accurate can be quite problematic.

Tip Number One - Practice Your Toss

One of the most important aspects to the first part of serving is to make sure that your toss goes straight up to a specified height. Assuming that you are a right-handed player, the ball will be tossed up with your left hand. The tossed needs to move almost vertically, in a straight line, with the release of the ball at about head height. The ball should go no more than a few feet above the apex of the full extension of your racquet if it were held above your head. You will want to hit the ball upon its descent, coordinating the impact of the racquet head with the ball in a downward movement. This is something that many players often fail at as a result of not practicing this simple toss.

Tip Number Two - Knees Bent And Back Arched

As the ball is being tossed up, your body needs to do a couple different things. First, your knees need to be bent, your racquet needs to be brought back with your elbow bent behind your head, positioning yourself in an almost coiled like appearance. The speed that you will obtain from any serve is based upon this proper positioning. When you actually move up to hit the ball, you will spring forward as the ball begins to descend, allowing your needs to straighten back up, along with your back, and moving your racquet in an arc toward the ball itself while straightening your elbow at the same time. This recoil action, if executed as the ball descends, will place your racquet at the opportune point to make an accurate impact with the ball itself. Practicing this movement alone, even without a ball toss, is the key to making sure that your speed, as well as your accuracy, improve dramatically when doing a first serve.

Tip Number Three - Impact And Follow Through Without Crossing The BaseLine

Once you have made impact with the ball after recoiling from your position, you need to follow through with your motion, carrying the racquet down and to the back. You must also make sure that your feet do not touch or cross the baseline or this will be regarded as an automatic fault. Remember, you only get two chances to serve per each attempt, so being aware of your foot positioning is very important as well. Once you have hit the ball, you need to get into immediate position, knees bent, racquet up, and be ready for the return of serve if you're ball was able to land in the appropriate location on the other side of the net. If you are lucky, and accurate enough, your opponent will not be able to hit the ball, giving you an "ace". This is why it is so important to have a powerful and accurate first serve as it can lead to easy points and a potential victory.

Hopefully these three tips on how to improve your serve will allow you to take your tennis game to the next level. By practicing your toss, your coiling and recoiling of your body, and getting into position without touching the baseline, you should be able to quickly win more games than ever before by utilizing these how to improve tennis serve tips we have just presented. Tennis is a phenomenal game that many people enjoy playing for decades of their life. Even though it can be a fun filled activity that allows you to interact with friends and family, it is also a fantastic way for improving your overall health, and with a better served, improving your ability to win almost every time that you play the game of tennis.


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