Can't Hit Sweet Spot on Serves

Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by TennsDog, Jul 7, 2004.

  1. TennsDog

    TennsDog Hall of Fame

    Feb 26, 2004
    I don't really know why, but I am unable to consitanly hit the sweet spot when I serve. I have no such problem on groundstrokes, though I do have the same problem on volleys. I'm sure this is costing me power, consistancy, accuracy, and spin. Does anyone have anything to suggest as to how to consistanly hit the sweet spot while serving?
  2. Rickson

    Rickson G.O.A.T.

    Jun 16, 2004
    Are you using a continental grip on your serves? See how similar this is to your volley question on the other thread? I hit the ball closer to the left side of the racquet with a continental grip.
  3. TwistServe

    TwistServe Guest

    This is probably obvious but it improved my serve consistency when I started focusing on the ball.. Look at it and visualize where you want to hit it, and what type of brushing action you want to do. I can visualize a diagnal on the ball when I want to hit a kickserve and that really helps me get the ball in. When I forget to focus on the ball, sometimes I get frames and mis hits.
  4. TennsDog

    TennsDog Hall of Fame

    Feb 26, 2004
    That sounds like it's worth a try. I know I really need to do something because I have ball fuzz outside of the string pattern...that's pretty bad. It is weird to me that I can hit well on groundstrokes, even with an extreme western grip, yet not on serve. Perhaps it is because the racket head speed is so great.
  5. Columbus OH - Fairfax VA

    Columbus OH - Fairfax VA New User

    Mar 12, 2004
    It may due to your toss.

    Focus on your ball toss. It could be too low, which is a very common mistake, or too high, which is rare, or too far left, or too far right, or too far away in front of you, which is what I have problem with.

    I tried to toss the ball far away in front of me to force me to jump into my serve. However, it is really messed up my timing. I felt I am always rushing and trying to reach for the ball. After I change my toss to right in front of me, not very far away, I can hit the sweet spot much more consistent.

    Experiment to change your toss a little, to find where is the best place for you.

    Good luckā€¦
  6. BSousa

    BSousa Rookie

    Jul 5, 2004
    Focusing on the ball focus issue, before beginning your serving motion, look at the place where you want to put the ball, after that, don't ever lose focus on the ball until it is over the net.

    This means looking at it while you pull the arm down, when you release it and when you hit it.

    Most people only look at the ball after it leaves their arm, this produces a delay to find the ball which may be causing you to mis-hit.
  7. alan-n

    alan-n Professional

    Jul 7, 2004
    The key to serving and hitting consistenly, is to calm your nerves and make sure your focus is on. I take a bounce the ball a few times with my left hand and spin the racquet with my right, this isn't to look cool but to be sure my hand eye coordination is on.

    Also when you toss the ball, it is important to keep your arm straight, keep your arm movement consistent, and consistently release the ball about nose height.
  8. papa

    papa Hall of Fame

    Jul 13, 2004
    One of the things that I think will make your serve more consistent is to make a consious effort to watch the ball for a fraction of a second after you hit it. Most of us think we're keeping our head up during the serve but I really wonder. Next time you practice try a few balls where you're absolutely sure you saw the ball after the hit and I'm not talking about watching it approach the receiver. See if your serve becomes more consistent - bet it will.
  9. Illegal_edge

    Illegal_edge New User

    Sep 15, 2004
    Watch the ball all tthe way through your swing.

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