Help with serving grip

Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by TennisVet, Nov 7, 2009.

  1. TennisVet

    TennisVet Rookie

    Apr 24, 2008
    im currently using an eastern/semi-western grip for my serves, but i found out i couldnt get consistent serves. can anyone tell me some exercises with serving using the continental grip?
  2. KenC

    KenC Professional

    Aug 31, 2009
    The Cliffs of Insanity
    You may want to get a few lessons from a good coach in the beginning. Its very easy to cause injuries with a bad serve. A good coach with experience in teaching the serve will make sure you advance as fast as possible without any long-lasting injuries.
  3. paulfreda

    paulfreda Hall of Fame

    Oct 3, 2004
    Bangkok, Thailand
    Hold a continental grip.
    From the deuce court at the baseline .........
    Stand with shoulder and hip line pointed to the target or to the right net post.
    Toss it above your body so it would NOT land in front of you if you let it bounce.
    Then swing with the racquet only in the plane made by the baseline extended to the sky
    Imagine the racquet as the hand of a clock.
    Try to make this "clock hand" touch all numbers from 6 to 2.
    This will give you a safe slice serve.

    That is a good start.

    To get more spin, make the butt point to the sky on the backswing.
    Last edited: Nov 8, 2009
  4. naylor

    naylor Semi-Pro

    Jul 26, 2004
    New Zealand
    Since you're prepared to consider a change of grip, then I suggest you consider going fractionally beyond continental, and closer to eastern backhand. It'll be a lot more useful to develop good second serve topspin and kicker serves. And once you develop a solid second serve banker, then you can crank up your first serve as hard as you dare.
  5. LeeD

    LeeD Bionic Poster

    Dec 28, 2008
    As said, conti grip with slight twist towards EBH. SLIGHT.
    To figure out pronation, stand against a wall and slow motion your swing until the racket SLOWLY approaches the wall. When it contacts the wall, the racket face is flat to the wall, making a flat serve.

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