There are a lot of people asking how to get just a little more on their serves, or say they've made 100 and want to make the changes and get better to...say, 120. (LOL, TwistServe ) So this is just outlining some small things that nobody ever tells you about that might help a little. If it doesn't work, oh well. It helps some people. If it does work, whoo whoo. You're a cool kid now. If you think it's wrong, definitely post about it, just don't make it inflammatory without reason. This is in my "longer post" fashion, each different part will be bolded. Skip to what you want, and don't complain about the length -you get absolutely nothing done with short posts. And if your serve isn't that great yet, it might help NOT to read this post. Attempting to incorporate extra things will usually hurt your game or DECREASE consistency if you haven't worked out your normal, comfortable motion yet. Supination before the Swing You know when your racquet is in the ideal drop position? Like... That. That might be just barely into the swing, but note how it's dropped, and in position to whip up. From there, PRONATE a little already. Your racquet should be facing AWAY from you at more of an angle, rather than vertical like you see with many players (including pros). This will make you naturally supinate as you begin to swing up, which adds length to the motion and more acceleration. The motion should go naturally from their, you shouldn't have to force the supination before the swing. In the picture I provided of Roddick in the drop position, he actually does this -it looks vertical because he's slightly into the swing. Cool? Supercool. Just try it out on the court. It's hard to see when watching, because it happens so fast, but if you've got high speed footage it's definitely there. You're one step closer to that "cool kid" status. Hip Thrust This is more widely known. They describe it a little in that Tennis magazine where they have the pictures of Joachim Johannson's serve. I think that's the clay court issue (Nadal on the front) but I can't be bothered which one it is. Oh well. I'm not referencing that anyway, although you'll find an explanation (hopefully similar) to what I'm describing here. You know after the toss, when your tossing arm is fully extended upwards? If you don't, try it, it helps turn your body sideways naturally. Right here, the left hip should thrust forward. Later, when the racquet drops (look at the picture above if you want to see what I mean by this), the RIGHT hip should thrust forward as well. Jerk it. FAST. This helps fire off the entire "kinetic chain", and accelerates the racquet further. Even closer to being a cool kid. By now, you probably attract LOTS of women and/or men, although they probably don't have the looks you want. But try to forget about that giant cancerous lump sticking out of the side of their head, and take away the facial hair -you've got yourself a girlfriend/boyfriend. The Left Arm AFTER the Toss Well known, but whatever helps. Watch some good peoples' serves. After their tossing arm extends for their toss, look what happens during the swing. That's Canas. I don't know much about his serve, but you can see how his left arm is held in his body. This is a braking mechanism, and sort of allows the trunk to brake (of course ) as the rest of the body jolts forward. Which means a little more acceleration, supposedly. You'll see all the top servers doing this. Roddick, in his serve, does this during the swing, but way after contact, as the racquet is following through, the tossing arm that was held close to the body jolts out and behind him. I dunno if that helps or not, but he still keeps it in during the swing. The Toss Well, this is something everyone can follow and only achieve better results. While this doesn't really classify as a small, not that well known thing that helps good servers add on a little more, it certainly does help. So oh well. Your toss should NOT have really any spin on it. The tossing arm should be slightly bent or even straight. You are NOT using the wrist, PERIOD. That simply takes away consistency and makes tosses harder to replicate repeatedly. The height should simply come from pretty much pushing the ball up with the almost-straight arm. It also helps to keep the ball on top of your fingers, and release with the fingers during the toss. Also note that you should be tossing up, out in front, and hopefully with full extension when the ball is coming DOWN. Some people have been known for hitting the ball RIGHT at its peak. I think Tanner and Ivanisevic, mostly. But look at the very top servers. Not only is perfecting this toss hard to do, it doesn't really help or add on any velocity. Since it's hard to duplicate, it simply adds on the inconsistency at crucial points. But whether you hit it right at the peak or when it's coming down is simply a matter of rhythm. If you have an extremely fast rhythm on serves (you're rare.), and go through your motion extremely quickly, then hitting at the peak is fine. But since most players have a slower rhythm, and need more time to prepare (which doesn't hurt your serve at all), you'll want to be hitting it on the way down. Trying to hit at the peak not only doesn't add on anything, it makes you rush the entire motion and screw up. You're supercool by now. No doubt instead the people that jump all over you (the ones with the facial hair) have changed to supermodels/celebrities. Meaning now you have Kournikova or Giselle Bundchen throwing their clothes all over for you, or you have Jesse McCartney throwing his clothes everywhere. I really can't think of anything else people don't hear that often. I'll post it in another thread if something comes. Knee bend is obvious, but that's not exactly not well known, and is essential for all good serves. Uncoiling upwards with these naturally makes the racquet drop further (more acceleration, whatever), adds on the elastic energy in the chest muscles, and gives you the drive to hit the ball higher. If you've got good knee bend/leg drive it's also probably better to start tossing the ball higher, if you haven't done so already. I'm done. All you cool kids can go do whatever cool people do. If you're married, or don't want the attention of supermodels of whatever your preferences are, I'm sorry. You're still a cooler person. And...don't take the cool kid thing seriously, okay? If it doesn't make you automatically cooler, at least I tried. XD Not that I'm particularly "cool", either.