No consistency whatsoever on my serve

Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by Buffster, Jul 7, 2010.

  1. Buffster

    Buffster Rookie

    Jan 2, 2010
    Hi guys,

    I've picked up tennis about a year ago, after a 8 year break or so. Before my break, I played for about 7-8 years and I was a pretty serious junior. Since my "comeback" to the courts, almost all of my strokes got back to their old level in a matter of months and at the moment they are better than they ever were... except for my serve.

    Without exaggerating, I hardly ever come through a service game without hitting at least one double fault. I've been experimenting with it a lot, without ever reaching the desired result. My horizontal placement is pretty decent, but I have close to zero control over my serve when it comes to actually hitting the ball in the box. When I miss, most of the times the ball ends high in the net, or just long, so it's not like my serve is way off, but I do miss the control to make sure a ball lands inside the box.

    I can imagine it's hard for you guys to advice me on this, but any recommendations are welcome, as I'm pretty much out of ideas to fix this.

    Thanks in advance!

    PS. The problem occurs on both first and second serve, but as you can imagine, it's more troubling on my second serve.

    PPS. I don't have a coach/trainer, so I don't have anyone around who can advice me on what to do. If I'm unable to come up with a solution, I might get some serve lessons though.
  2. GetBetterer

    GetBetterer Hall of Fame

    Apr 19, 2010
    Mesa, AZ
    Well, seeing it helps.

    Try to remember the trophy pose, the foot push, and the correct ball toss along with your stance from the start. A serve requires a lot of focus and you have to remember everything from the start.
  3. charliefedererer

    charliefedererer Legend

    Feb 13, 2009
    The serve is the hard because you have to get it into that box.

    The only way to get it in (and hit it hard) is to get topspin on it.

    The proper way to get topspin on it is to hit it with plenty of the cartwheel shoulder over shoulder motion.

    The only way to do that is to get in the proper trophy pose to hit it, with a toss that sets you up to get into the trophy pose.

    Watch these videos and see if there are some tips that will help you. Be sure you are doing enough conditioning to throw your upper body around like you need to. Then practice, practice, practice.


    Toss into trophy position:

    Lead with your hip into your cartwheel:

    Load up with a shoulder and hip turn:

    Serve up the mountain:

    To cartwheel effectively you've got to drop the front shoulder as you swing:

    Your swing has to be consistant time afer time, with the direction you cartwheel into determining your serving direction:
  4. supineAnimation

    supineAnimation Hall of Fame

    Nov 25, 2009
    Tough to give you specific advice without seeing what you're doing wrong, but if it's a matter of having your motion consistent for each serve, having and engaging a strong core is a really important way to ensure that you transfer energy through your body and up to your arm consistently and also to ensure that your arms remain in a consistent position when you toss and throw the racquet.
  5. LeeD

    LeeD Bionic Poster

    Dec 28, 2008
    East side of San Francisco Bay
    Hey, if it's easy, you call it "kiteboarding".
    Try one thing you never thought to try..... P R A C T I C E !!

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