If you want to improve the quality of your serve â€“ especially on Big Points â€“ you should use C.P.R. No, not Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation, but a series of little pre-serve rituals that can dramatically improve your serving results.
As you stand at the service line (and probably bounce the ball) before each serve:
- C: Take a deep, calming breath.
- P: Picture where you want your serve to go.
- R: Relax your wrist, arm, and shoulder (all the way through the service motion).
I picked up the idea for this acronym from the great, little book, â€œThe Best Tennis of Your Life; 50 Mental Strategies for Fearless Performance,â€ by Jeff Greenwald. I will review the book in more detail in a little while (after I finish reading and rereading).