Talk Tennis

Talk Tennis (http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/index.php)
-   Tennis Tips/Instruction (http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/forumdisplay.php?f=17)
-   -   What's the ONE thing you tell yourself when serving? (http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=459214)

DonDiego 03-29-2013 03:18 PM

What's the ONE thing you tell yourself when serving?
 
I'm having trouble with consistency, especially on second serves.

We all learn many technical points necessary to hit a good, let's say, kick serve. But obviously we can't think about more than one or two things when hitting. So I'm asking: what is the ONE tip you keep in mind while hitting your serve, to make sure it lands in, with enough pace?

For example, it could be ''don't forget to push with your legs'', or ''hit the ball from 7 to 1 o'clock'', ''relax your arm'', ''pronation, pronation..'' etc.

What simple reminder works best for you?

Jonny S&V 03-29-2013 03:20 PM

"Show your back" and "Roll your shoulders" are all I really think about during practice and warm-up. During a match, where I'm gonna place the ball is the only thing on my mind.

North 03-29-2013 03:36 PM

I tell myself, "Hit an overhead". My serve improved a lot (& continues to improve) when I started thinking that right before serving.

usta2050 03-29-2013 03:38 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by DonDiego (Post 7313171)
I'm having trouble with consistency, especially on second serves.

We all learn many technical points necessary to hit a good, let's say, kick serve. But obviously we can't think about more than one or two things when hitting. So I'm asking: what is the ONE tip you keep in mind while hitting your serve, to make sure it lands in, with enough pace?

For example, it could be ''don't forget to push with your legs'', or ''hit the ball from 7 to 1 o'clock'', ''relax your arm'', ''pronation, pronation..'' etc.

What simple reminder works best for you?

I use Taylor Dent's tips.

1. Toss above your head.
2. hit up.

Toss is 90% of a kick serve.

Taylor Dent Demonstrates Proper Serve with Top-spin

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VxoXm-jvNto

mightyrick 03-29-2013 03:47 PM

I tell myself: "Man, I hope this things does what I'm intending."

luvforty 03-29-2013 04:03 PM

"Ult bh is a girl"

mikeler 03-29-2013 04:09 PM

Don't hit yourself in the shin again dummy.

PhrygianDominant 03-29-2013 04:10 PM

usually it is my toss that goes. So something like, "into the court", or "don't hit a bad one"

DonDiego 03-29-2013 04:47 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by usta2050 (Post 7313201)
I use Taylor Dent's tips.

1. Toss above your head.
2. hit up.

Toss is 90% of a kick serve.

Taylor Dent Demonstrates Proper Serve with Top-spin

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VxoXm-jvNto

Thanks! Good advice in this video.

cluckcluck 03-29-2013 05:00 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mikeler (Post 7313220)
Don't hit yourself in the shin again dummy.

Ahahahahahh! Worst feeling ever.

Knee bend is what I tell myself. The deeper the better!

v-verb 03-29-2013 05:05 PM

Logo on the buttcap should point straight up at the backscratch

Djoker91 03-29-2013 05:07 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by DonDiego (Post 7313171)
I'm having trouble with consistency, especially on second serves.

We all learn many technical points necessary to hit a good, let's say, kick serve. But obviously we can't think about more than one or two things when hitting. So I'm asking: what is the ONE tip you keep in mind while hitting your serve, to make sure it lands in, with enough pace?

For example, it could be ''don't forget to push with your legs'', or ''hit the ball from 7 to 1 o'clock'', ''relax your arm'', ''pronation, pronation..'' etc.

What simple reminder works best for you?

All I say is "Sampras baby." I don't jump that high, twist pretty good, and pronate the mess outta that puppy.

LeeD 03-29-2013 08:47 PM

Second serves.... contact point as high as a top/slice can be, swing as fast as I possibly can, aim for backhand side, move body forwards, loose grip.

Nostradamus 03-29-2013 09:14 PM

Reach for the God in the Sky and Touch him or Her.

bkpr 03-29-2013 09:18 PM

I've been concentrating on watching the racquet hit the ball. This one thing has improved my double (net) faulting instantly and dramatically!

The Meat 03-29-2013 09:22 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by usta2050 (Post 7313201)
I use Taylor Dent's tips.

1. Toss above your head.
2. hit up.

Toss is 90% of a kick serve.

Taylor Dent Demonstrates Proper Serve with Top-spin

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VxoXm-jvNto

Taylor Dent seems like he would make a great coach as well as a commentator, that clear voice!!!

TomT 03-29-2013 09:48 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by DonDiego (Post 7313171)
What simple reminder works best for you?

I don't think anything, at least not verbally, when serving. Consistency is a result of sufficient practice and keeping a calm and clear mind, imo.

rkelley 03-29-2013 10:33 PM

Bend my legs, keep my arm loose.

cork_screw 03-29-2013 10:59 PM

don't slow down your swing speed on second serves. just apply more spin...

ShoeShiner 03-29-2013 11:13 PM

Spin and placement, not pace.


All times are GMT -8. The time now is 02:23 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.6.9
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
© 2006 - Tennis Warehouse