Most of us go the same spot on the baseline and serve the same serve, frequently to the same location. But according to two well-known teaching pros, that is dramatically wrong.
Changing Serve Characteristics
Phil Landauer and Mark Vines run a popular boot camp called Senior Excellence Tennis (SET), which I have not yet attended, but learned of these serving tips…
- Change the tactical characteristics as much as you can, especially at the beginning of the match. That way the returner doesn’t get a groove on your serve. Stay within yourself when trying these additions…
- Location of serve: Don’t just serve to their backhand; and remember the “BODY” serve is great for serve and volley tactic.
- Hardness of serve: Vary the pace you put on the ball; and sometimes serve 2nd serves as your 1st serve.
- Spin of the ball: Not always a flat or slight spin on the serve; and remember, high bouncing “kick” serves are harder to return.
- Movement after serving: Sometimes stay back after you serve; and sometimes charge the net. And ”serve & volley” at different speeds.
- Angle of Attack: Don’t always stand in the same spot; but mix up your location from where you stand to serve
And the “Serving Law” states that when you miss your first serve twice in a row, you MUST serve a second serve as your 1st serve on the very next point. Once you get your first serve in, you can go back to your harder first serve!
How about YOU, how do you vary your serve?
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