If you adore playing tennis in your spare time and you love nothing more than getting stuck into a rally, you might be keen to improve your game. The most significant part of any tennis player’s armory is the serve. You could be great at the net, have perfect touch with volleys, and have a backhand like Monica Seles, but if your serve is pitiful, you aren’t going to be taking your game to the next level. The serve is the action that makes or breaks your games. Take a look at these three easy steps that you can follow to help you go from double faults to aces.
You need to utilize one of two stances – the pinpoint or the platform. A great advocate of the platform stance is Roger Federer. He stands at the service line with his feet about a shoulder’s width apart, with his lead foot at the baseline. When he serves, most of his power is generated by his front foot. His control is excellent and he can follow through with ease. The only disadvantage with the platform stance is that it isn’t as powerful as the pinpoint. The pinpoint stance, however, is tricky to master in terms of timing. With the pinpoint stance, you keep your feet together upon jumping into the serve. It’s a great technique to master, but as an amateur, the platform might be the most suitable.
It’s crucial that your shoulder can withstand the rigors of service practice. This is why you need to head to the gym and ensure that you work on your shoulder to increase its range of movement and to keep tendons and ligaments in top condition. When at home, you can embark on a body weight shoulder workout to strengthen your muscles and your abdominal core. This multi-faceted workout will help to increase your range of motion. Have a go at arm circles, crab bridges and mountain climber exercises to condition your shoulder. Serving is hard on your joints and cartilage, especially in your knees, hips and shoulders. Focus on these areas of your body when you pay a visit to the gym.
Many club tennis players don’t utilize the follow through because they don’t think it adds much to their serve. However, a strong follow through where the service arm reaches the hip upon hitting the ball will generate more power and speed, possible winning your an extra point or two. You wouldn’t dream of not following through on your forehand so why do it on your serve? You need all of the speed you can muster. If you are struggling to piece all segments of your serve together, go slow. Forget the speed initially and just work on your action from the platform stance all the way to the follow through. Once you have the technique perfected, then bring in the speed, tweak your grip, your stance and your shoulder alignment, and watch those balls fly into your opponent’s section of the court.
See your tennis prowess enhanced by following this guide and enjoy having your serves go from double faults to aces.