Balance on serve

Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by Wilander Fan, Jul 16, 2013.

  1. Wilander Fan

    Wilander Fan Hall of Fame

    Jan 26, 2010
    Ever since switching to platform, I get really streaky on serve. When I am off, I am shanking it off the frame into the net or hitting it so late I feel it in my shoulder. The problem is I am using too much bsck or too much front. Anyone else experience this? Any tips to help the balance?
  2. fuzz nation

    fuzz nation G.O.A.T.

    Oct 20, 2006
    If you can take some practice motions (without hitting a ball) without feeling pain in your shoulder, that could be a sign that the progression of your windup isn't far enough along or "loaded up" before your toss goes up in the air. Shoulders often get irritated from serving when the motion breaks down in a rush to the ball or if the server's racquet is just too heavy for that player.

    Not sure what you mean in terms of using too much back or too much front, but if your toss isn't consistently well located, that's a matter of experimenting with different tossing methods to get it more predictable.

    I still forget to watch the ball when I serve and that usually leads to my shanking one or two balls. I try to interpret that as a free tennis tip to help me keep my head up and watch the ball for better contact.
  3. andreh

    andreh Professional

    Feb 19, 2004
    Question: Why did you switch?
  4. LeeD

    LeeD Bionic Poster

    Dec 28, 2008
    East side of San Francisco Bay
    Consider landing 18" inside your baseline on every serve.
    That cures your balance problem.
  5. boramiNYC

    boramiNYC Hall of Fame

    Jun 29, 2011
    it's hard to pinpoint what your problem is without more info. my generic advice would be it's important to know your core rotation capability and understand you need to vary stance to achieve good balance for your serve. so try different stance and understand how it affects your balance. 90 deg turn stance is somewhat advanced and may not be the best for many rec players. also make sure not to have the racquet arm too low during windup. this arm position affects your contact point. if you're hitting too late chances are your arm may be too low and cannot rotate in time to the proper contact point which usually is in front of the body toward the target. hold out your racquet at your optimal contact point, and make sure whatever windup you do you can reach the contact point in time with good control. try minimizing the windup in practice to see if you're doing any unnecessary windup that breaks the balance. to achieve good balance the beginning of the windup and the followthru should be in good balance. use checkpoint stop for balance and make sure you understand how you achieve best balance then replicate that and practice a lot.
  6. Mike Hodge

    Mike Hodge Rookie

    Dec 21, 2010
    For me balance on the serve is a matter of keeping the toss arm up longer and letting the motion come together before I make my ascent to the ball. I tend to rush and not always get into a really good trophy position. The dropping of the toss arm is the biggest offender.

    It's a akin to a pitcher's windup. There are balance points in the windup just as there are balance points in the serve, IMO. You have to be smooth enough to make you get to each one. Rushing makes it tough to do this.

    I have no idea if this applies to the OP or not.
  7. dlam

    dlam Semi-Pro

    Aug 3, 2010
    my feet are off the ground at impact.
    for my natural serving motion , I tend to be more stable if i plant and lift off my left leg(i serve righty)
    I recently swiched to platform from pinpoint and had to learn to lift off from both legs for my flat serves.
  8. HughJars

    HughJars Banned

    Jan 7, 2013
    If your worried about weight transference then its already one too many things to worry about when serving. Its such a complex motion, if you clouding your mind on one specific thing so much then everything can fall apart very easily.

    Just aim and hit up through the ball like a throw. And keep loose.

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