Piece of Crap Second Serve!

Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by willman, Feb 22, 2004.

  1. willman

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    I'm a junior player who is absolutely obsessed with playing tennis. I take private lessons and my teacher has developed my first serve to be fast and flat. For my second he wanted more spin but I couldn't do that with my continental so he switched me more to an eastern. It seemed to work well but now I serve long on almost every second serve. Any tips on perhaps learning a kick/topspin serve or ways to hit my slice with more pace (my partners eat it up) and to keep it going in. Thanks!
     
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  2. @wright

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    A couple basic tips are make sure you toss that ball up high and over your head-sometimes even behind your head, for spin to keep it in the box. Also, make sure you get nice knee bend, that will also help with spin. Make sure you swing with a relaxed arm, punching it will surely hurt your service %. Just stay relaxed and go for it without worrying too much about hitting long.
     
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  3. polakosaur

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    hit up on the ball the basic rule that always works
     
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  4. Bungalo Bill

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    Willman,

    The same racquet head speed your using for your flat serve should be applied to your spin serves. It happens at a different angle to the ball.

    The best way to learn to trust the fast swing for spin serves is throough practice. You take a bucket of balls and without using your legs just spin the balls in the service box. Try to really loop the ball in there with spin. Start out hitting your serves slower to get the feel of what your trying to do.

    But spin, spin, spin those balls in. As you get comfortable add some pace. If your havging trouble again, go back and just spin the balls in. As Polakosaur said, you need to get the feeling of hitting or spinning up the ball.
     
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  5. Curious

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    So it seems this was the first ever thread and post on this board 13 years ago. 760,085 messages have been posted since.
     
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  6. FiReFTW

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    Wonder how much this guy improved from then, 13 years is a hella long time.
     
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  7. Curious

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    It looks like this person posted only once and disappeared with no more activity.
     
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  8. S&V-not_dead_yet

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    Guess the advice was so insightful he put it into practice and didn't need the forum anymore!
     
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  9. Chas Tennis

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    Did anyone ever find out what the "Guest" designation means (as for Sirius Black also)? There is no information to click on unlike most other members.
     
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  10. FiReFTW

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    Maybe hes still working on it, doesn't wanna come back till he puts all that advice into practice.
    Brb 20 years in the future:

    Thread title *At last my second serve clicked, thanks guys!*

    Hey guys, finally after so many decades of putting all your advice into practice, my 2nd serve finally clicked, now I can finally serve consistent second serves!

    Now can you please give me advice on my 1st serve, its horrible!
     
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  11. NuBas

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    Legend has it that he went on to become Roger Federer
     
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  12. FiReFTW

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    Federer was not a junior in 2004 tho haha

    Wouldn't it be freaking hilarious if this poster actually is playing on the ATP tour now, infact even more hilarious would be if he went on to become a future slam winner one day, what are the odds, but it would be hilarious!
     
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  13. NuBas

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    lol
     
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