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Athletes need to ace their tennis serve to set the tone of the match. There is more to the serve than just having control from...

Athletes need to ace their tennis serve to set the tone of the match. There is more to the serve than just having control from the start and getting the ball in play; a killer serve can set you up for domination on the courtThis is why tennis players need to improve their serve skills. 

Here are key components and common mistakes to avoid when perfecting your tennis serve.

The following is a breakdown of the components of a killer serve:

It’s important to master the serving technique.

Grip: Your grip is the foundation of a great serve. For beginners, the continental grip is your go-to. Think of shaking hands with your racket. This grip allows you to generate power and spin while maintaining control over the ball. Place your hand on the racket handle so that the V formed between your thumb and index finger is positioned almost directly on top of the handle, with your index finger slightly angled towards the top of the racket. Make sure the base knuckle of your index finger rests on bevel number two (the side of the handle) of the tennis racket.

Stance: Your stance sets the stage for your serve. Start with your feet shoulder-width apart. Your body should be at an angle that is slightly sideways to the net. This allows for maximum rotation and power generation as you swing.

Toss: The toss is where many players stumble. Aim for consistency by tossing the ball slightly in front of you and just above eye level. Practice makes perfect, so don’t be afraid to spend some extra time perfecting your toss.

Racket Position: As you bring your racket back to serve, keep it high and ready to strike. This helps generate power and ensures a fluid motion as you swing forward.

Contact Point:  Aim to make contact with the ball at the highest point of your reach and slightly in front of your body. This maximizes power and accuracy in your serve.

Here are some common mistakes to avoid when looking to improve tennis serve:

Bad Toss: Having a shaky toss can throw off your entire serve. Practice consistency with your toss to ensure a solid foundation for your shot.

Weak Grip: Gripping the racket too loosely means loss of control and power. Make sure to maintain a firm grip throughout your serve.

Poor Timing: Timing is everything in tennis. Make sure your toss and swing are synchronized to maximize power and accuracy.

Lack of Rotation: Your body should rotate as you swing to generate power. Without proper rotation, your serve will lack the oomph needed to ace your opponent.

Overcomplicating Things: Keep it simple! Trying to incorporate too many fancy techniques can lead to inconsistency. Focus on mastering the basics before adding flair to your serve.

Remember, improving your tennis serve takes time and practice. So, grab your racket, hit the court, and start serving up some aces!

Lauren Keating

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