‘’Serve it like Sampras’’, they say in tennis. One of the most important secrets to raising your game is by improving your tennis serve. There are many important things you need to consider. From serve position to motion, from jump timing to follow-through all these small improvements will ensure your service becomes a great weapon. Rather than continuous weak serves and faults, you will fire a barrage of aces. Here are some important techniques to upgrade the quality of your serves.
The Correct Tennis Serve Posture
While serving it is important to adopt a correct stance. Ensure that your right foot in parallel to the baseline. The left foot should point towards the net. If you are a left-hander then the opposite stands true. Again lock the elbows properly and hold the racquet grip is a relaxed yet firm manner.
Your head should be still with eyes focussed on the ball till the last moment. Ensure that the head does not come down before hitting the ball. This will make you hit the ball into the net. Finally, don’t focus on the opponent and his position; rather ensure that you hit the spot aimed at.
Making your Tennis Serve Deceptive
One of the most important ways to improve your tennis serve quality and results is to make it deceptive for the opponent. You must add more variety to your service in order to avoid being predictable. From deuce court to ad court, from kick serves to serve it out-wide you must vary the direction with no change in a service position. This makes it difficult for the opponent to read your tennis serve.
Serve position plays an important part here. Some players vary the serve position as they vary their serves. This makes it easy for the opponent to read and prepare for an attacking return. Thus all great players work on adding more deception to the service while making it almost impossible to read.
The Ball Toss, Pronation and Grip
Serve position and ball toss are important for a successful tennis serve. You must learn to hold the ball from fingertips rather than the palm. This will ensure that while tossing the ball up it gets necessary rotation and speed. The ball toss should be done when your hand reached almost along the shoulder to eye length. Tossing the ball up either too early or too late will ensure you hit the net or you serve it wide. In both cases, you lose the first serve.
Finally for efficient and effective tennis serve the art of pronation is important. Pronation means the correct swing of elbow and hands at the moment of racquet contact with the ball while executing a serve. This means that you are not just pushing the serve into the opponent’s courtside. Your serve is rather full of speed, spin, and depth. It will be challenging for the opponent to hit a return winner. Your serve thus becomes a great weapon.
These are some of the important techniques to ensure great tennis serve. Practice these expert steps and improve your service position. Your journey towards becoming another Pete Sampras has just started.