Learning A Tennis Serve The Natural Way


Learning a Tennis Serve the Natural Way

In the sport of tennis, learning a tennis serve will make your game efficient and effective.  Whether you are playing non-competitive tennis or in professional circuits, a great tennis serve will make you a dangerous player. Tennis stars like Pete Sampras, John McEnroe, and Serena Williams had a lot of success in their career due to their great tennis serves. 

In this article, we bring you the basics of learning the tennis serve and delivering it the natural way. Proper technique will make you serve an asset to the all-round game. 

GET THE STANCE RIGHT: FIRST STEP TO LEARNING A TENNIS SERVE

The first step towards learning a tennis serve is to know about the proper stance. In tennis, the player needs to serve diagonally across the court and not straight as in squash. Here are the basics to get the stance right before beginning your serve:

  • Position yourself behind the baseline, relaxed and balanced.
  • If you are a right-hander, get your left foot pointing towards the net.
  • Your right foot should stretch parallel to the baseline (opposite if you are a left-handed player).
  • Lock your elbows properly and give yourself a slight bend to achieve an ideal serving position. 

THE GRIP AND THE TOSS

Learning a Tennis Serve the Natural Way
Learning A Tennis Serve The Natural Way

In the process of learning a tennis serve, the art of gripping your racquet and tossing the ball will influence the quality of the serve. The two most popular grips in tennis are the continental grip and the eastern grip. You may start with the eastern style grip as a beginner, as it is easier to deliver the service.

However, as you move towards becoming a pro in tennis, it is better to move towards the continental style grip for your tennis serve. The continental style or semi western-style grip is used by tennis legends like Roger Federer. The continental grip will ensure fewer double faults, as it offers more net clearance as well as more topspin on the ball, as you hit the tennis serve. 

Along with the grip, tossing the ball up is another important technique towards learning a tennis serve. You should toss the ball not from below the waist but from just above the arms-length. This will add accuracy and speed to your server. Also, when you toss the ball up, remember using your fingertips and not the palm to do so. This would give a proper diagonal swing, and thus make your tennis serve faster along with adding more spin to it. 

THE FINAL CONTACT AND EXECUTION

Learning a Tennis Serve the Natural Way
Learning A Tennis Serve The Natural Way

This is the most crucial step in the process of learning a tennis serve. Just know the position of your opponent, and set the picture of the court in your mind, even without looking at it directly. Your body should be relaxed so that you are able to generate enough power from your legs and arms.

Get your elbows straight, and time your jump perfectly, once you toss the ball up. Make sure that the ball hits the sweet spot in the middle of the racquet as you contact it. The wrist should stretch forward as you contact the ball. This makes sure that you do not serve into the net.

Finally, serve with a positive frame of mind. Ensure that you develop good first and second serves and add variety to your serving spots. 

Happy Serving!!!

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