Hi, how can I fix double faulting? Should I always aim for my first serve to be in, or flat and fast?
I can say with some amount of certainty, after closely paying attention to this at the DelRay qualies, that most pros are not hitting their first serves as hard and flat as they can most of the time. Id say a good 50%+ of the time they are hitting first serves that are not flat at all. They are p[rimarily spin serves of some kind.Add topspin to everything. Add a little more topspin to your first serve to get percentages up. Add way more topspin to your second serve to make it consistent.
I think this is more true at the highest echelon of pro tennis (i.e. the guys we see on TV most of the time), but not as much true of the "regular" pros.As seen on TV, every pro tries to hit a hard first serve for a winner or weak return, then hits a heavy topspin of some kind second serve that is much slower but always goes IN.
That's why I never "power puff" my second one; I'd rather use my first serve twice Or just a slightly more top spin one.I always get a kick out of playing guys who would blast their first serve and never get one in and then power puff the second and you could just lay into it for a return winner almost every time.
The kick serve (or topspin serve) is more effective if it has maximum racket head speed just that the bypass of the strings at contact with the ball is from 7 to 1 o'clock positions i.e. you are spinning the ball upward-foward and into the correct service box.As seen on TV, every pro tries to hit a hard first serve for a winner or weak return, then hits a heavy topspin of some kind second serve that is much slower but always goes IN.
Actually Sampras didn't. Studies of his serve show he actually changed both his toss and racket path on the second serve to hit more topspin, even though his first serve had plenty of topspin.Pete Sampras hit two first serves, pretty much. I think this is mentally more stable approach and more productive for non-professional player development. Or two second serves, does not matter. Use second serve as another chance to make it right, not to risk doing something completely different.
Good reply. Sampras had a ton of RPM on his 1st and 2nd serve. That's why he could smack the heck out of both.Actually Sampras didn't. Studies of his serve show he actually changed both his toss and racket path on the second serve to hit more topspin, even though his first serve had plenty of topspin.
Yandell had a good article on this showing that Sampras would toss even more to the left on his second serve and hit a lot more spin. Yandell measured a second serve with more than 5000 rpm.
While I think you need to be cautious trying to toss a lot more left if you are a rh, especially if you're not as young and athletic as Sampras, hitting with a lot more spin is the key to hitting a good second serve.
You talking about the letter eight, correct?Everyone who can serve.
That's just the arc of the rackethead from trophy thru the swing.
Funny I was going to say - develop a solid slice second and run with it. My percentages are sooo high with this ace in the hole. Not a topspin...I'd be hitting long all the timeLearn how to hit a topspin second serve. That's going to be the best solution.
A properly hit topspin serve will require you to take a full swing at the ball and use the racket head speed to put spin to force it down into the court. The topspin will greatly increase your target window above the net without hitting long.
I can relate to that. My second serve still has a slice component to it along with a some topspin. It's so much harder in my opinion to get that slice out and hit a kick or twister.I suppose you hit with sidespin slice, something most player's do when first learning a consistent spin serve.
As you improve, you will find topspin actually curves the ball INside the service line more effectively than pure slice, while retaining more ball speed and a hop effect that bounces high and is harder to attack than sidespin.
What is this loop that everyone is talking about?His raquet take back is so abbreviated: he just seems to take it straight up in the trophy position...I think that rather then the loop he gets his speed from a very fast knee bend and extremely fast arm.
Personally by the loop, I'm referring to the figure 8 that the hand/wrist does with the racquet, especially during the head drop...What is this loop that everyone is talking about?
Thanks, I will try variationRemember, while a second serve is swung very fast, it is not swung with maximum effort. Rather, it's maximum speed of swing with repeatable effort.
Same with a flat first serve. While we like to think we swing 100%, in reality, it's 100% within our own individual parameters.
If we really swung as fast as we could, with maximum effort, our percentages would be rediculously low.
Speed and power always governed by CONTROL and REPEATABILITY.