A little background: I'm captaining a 3.0 team for the first time. We have 3 men's lines and 2 ladies lines. Last year the ladies lost 80% of their matches. Part of the challenge is that we don't have enough ladies, the other problem is that the ladies we have are at a low skill level. So to address this, I wanted to start out the year with a preseason clinic. I brought a coach in and asked him to cover the serve and some basic doubles tactics. What I observed during the clinic is that most of the ladies have pancake serves. The coach asked these women to use scratchback, presumably as part of a progression towards a normal service motion. My question is: what is the best way to get these ladies to abandon the pancake motion? Most of them have been serving the same way for years, and I don't think they will buy into scratchback because it feels weird and when their consistency drops they will probably end up reverting to what they know. Is it even realistic to try to change their service motion? I asked the coach to consider teaching an underhand serve, because we have recruited some beginners, and I would like them to be able to play a game without double faulting, but I also think that an underhand serve would be a better second serve than the soft pancake serves that many of the women are using. The coach didn't like this idea as he preferred to have the ladies using the correct overhand motion for first and second serve. But I have a feeling that whatever correct form he teaches them will simply be abandoned when the ladies want to get their second serves in. And slowly, but surely, their first serves will revert to their original form (maybe not so slowly, either).