Video - Learning 2nd/kick serve - Need help

Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by arun_mrk, Jan 27, 2013.

  1. arun_mrk

    arun_mrk New User

    Sep 27, 2010
    For long time, I have been very inconsistent with my 2nd serve. Finally decided take a video so that you guys can help me by pointing out the mistake in my 2nd serve/kick serve.

    For your info, this is only my 2nd server. I have never took tennis lesson but have been mostly learning from youtube and TW forums.

    I appreciate & thank you all for taking a look and providing feedback

    Here is my video link:
  2. LeeD

    LeeD Bionic Poster

    Dec 28, 2008
    OK, you need to establish a more stable body position and a more consistent ball toss atop your head. As is, it's wandering, both.
    Then you need to establish a faster swing speed, controlled and exactly the same speed every time. You can do this by shadow swinging and listening to the sound of your racket thru the air.
    Then, you have to aim 3' above the net cord, since you hit so slow, the ball will arc IN with gravity and spin.
    Now, your swing is a combination of kick and top/slice, but neither one or the other. A top/slice swing makes the ball go from right to left. A kick swing will impart topspin, or forward spin, so the ball hops upwards. A twist swing is swung outwards toward your right, around the service line/sideline intersect, so the ball curves right to left, then bounces left to right.
    Right now, you're doing neither, but a little of it all.
  3. moopie

    moopie Rookie

    Apr 4, 2006
    San Jose, CA
    Here watch this video by Dave Smith. It matches you very well. You're turning to the net, elbow forward.

    I would also suggest you not go airborne yet until you figure out the motion. You should get nice clean contact and a nice kick on the bounce with relaxed effort. Then you know you're doing it right.
  4. lendl1986

    lendl1986 Rookie

    Jul 8, 2011
    Lake Oswego, OR
    Your "jump" is preceding the upward motion of your racket so your body is basically coming down as your racket goes up, costing you racket head speed.
  5. arun_mrk

    arun_mrk New User

    Sep 27, 2010
    Thank you for the feedbacks, I'm going to work on all the suggestion

    -Wow!! I didn't notice this until you mentioned about this!! great!! appreciate for taking a close look
  6. Nellie

    Nellie Hall of Fame

    Oct 4, 2004
    Some quick tips -

    (1) stay sideways (your shoulders are open at contact, so you can only do a pancake serve), and

    (2) focus everything on hitting up at the ball (your current motion is to go back and forward into the ball - instead go down and up into the ball). Keep the head up and swing up and through the ball.
  7. Govnor

    Govnor Professional

    Aug 12, 2011

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