Deep vs. Short Serves
Most tennis teachers will advise you to “attack the short serve” – because it will probably be the shortest ball you will get (and just sitting there to be whacked). But if you can put your first and second serves deeper into the box, your percentage of serve points won will increase.
I just played a practice singles match and was focusing on trying to serve deeper. In only one game was I able to master the concept and got four serves deep and close to the service line. I easily won all four points… two on missed returns and two on weak returns I was able to attack.
In a practice singles or doubles match, tell your friends that any serve you hit into the net will be considered to be TWO SERVE FAULTS. If it happens on your first serve, you lose the point on a double fault. If it happens on your second serve, you not only double fault that point, you start the next one on your second serve.
See if that helps/forces you to serve deeper (even if you end up serving long).
Other thoughts on serving better?
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