When I play matches, nearly every time my serve decides to whither up and die. I really can't take it anymore. I should not be getting broken as much as I am if I could serve at least somewhat consistently. My 1st serve % must have been something like -2% today, and my 2nd serve % was probably 32%. I actually double faulted an entire service game today. Now mind you, this is arguably the worst I've ever served in living memory (today was), but still, I am in dire need of consistent serving. I feel like many people I could beat, and sometimes I will, but I will lose more than I win because I get broken so easily. Holding serve at love for me is like winning the lottery, in how rare it is, and how great I feel after I accomplish that. It's a feeling that I would like to feel a lot more. I know that my toss is a little shaky, so that must be a contributing factor to why my serve %, 1st or 2nd, is so bad. But also when I play matches (and it's against my friends who all are on my high school team), we normally just rally to warm up, and don't really take any practice serves, so I realize that it's good to get my serve warmed up, but I don't know how much of a factor that would play into why I can't seem to get a single fricken serve in the entire match. I feel like every match I play is decided by my level of play, not my opponents, which I suppose is good as far as being confident in that I can beat these players. But also, it seems like my serve is horrible almost every time I play these people, and since I can't hold my serve, my confidence in the match starts to go down hill, and it seems that when I am serving really well, I play really well, and if I serve bad, I play bad to average. The only reason I can compete at all is because of my groundstrokes. The more I double fault, the less confident I become, making me double fault more, until I never get a serve in ever again. It's a rather vicious cycle that I experience. If anyone who has taken the time to read all that crap can maybe just throw me some advice as to how to maintain confidence with your serve, and how to develop consistency, it would be most appreciated. P.S. I will often practice my serve, so it's not like I don't try and work out the kinks by myself. Normally, after a while of practicing, I can get in a groove, but yeah... I guess in matches that aren't exhibitions, I will need to try and make sure I practice my serve quite a bit even before the match. Summary: My serve sucks, bad %, please help.