The fear of looking ridiculous. Yes, I admit it. Even at this stage in my life. Still scared of looking like a total novice. Scared ****less. You can't cheat with the serve. Somehow, you can get away with a bad groundstroke. It's acceptable. Forgivable. But the serve is something else. Deep down, a man cannot help but consider the serve as a measure of his manliness. And there lies the fear of not measuring up. The pressure. Every first serve has to be a bullet. Every second serve should kick to the other court. Anything short of that, is a total humiliation. So what do we do? We avoid practicing the serve. Instead, we rally. Practice our groundtrokes, over and over, even though we know that we should be practicing our serves. No wonder most recreational players' serves suck and break down in match play. Not enough practice. Practicing serve makes me sick. I wish I had my own private court to practice my damn serve. But I don't, so I have no choice other than to practice on a public court. But I sure don't enjoy it. I feel the same way about it as I felt about taking driving lessons as a teen. For someone with such a macho pride, it was hell to be seen as a beginner behind the wheel. Even practicing against the wall is hard. Every time I go to the wall with the intention to practice my serve, it only takes a few minutes before some @#$%& comes to show off his powerful serve, even though most of the time the guy does it with a bad technique, forehand grip and all. It's still annoying because here I am trying to practice the correct technique/grip and it results in a weaker serve, which is normal when you're a beginner, whereas the @#$% besides me is showing off how much more powerful his serve is. So what do I do? I start to hit groundstrokes against the wall. And it makes me feel instantly better about my game, because my groundstrokes are ridiculously better than my serve. Damn, I need to man up and practice the serve more often. Even if it makes me want to throw up. Am I the only one who feels like this?? Anyway, thanks for reading. I hope this will help me for my next practice session.