Serve placement project

Curious

Legend
I’m starting a new project. I think I’ve had enough technique considerations about the serve. I’m getting old, running out of time! Moving on with whatever I have I will focus mainly on placement. I will be practicing serves a few times a week around 30 min each.
I’m really curious to see how much accuracy one can achieve by doing this. I’m thinking of practicing to hit two spots to start with: down the T and out wide. Target-wise I was thinking 2 feet from both lines on the corners of the box. I will use bright color cones. I won’t be just bunting the ball but won’t be going for pace either. Again the main goal is to develop consistent placement.
Will update here with videos.
Any other ideas to design the experiment are welcome.
 

TagUrIt

Hall of Fame
I set up tennis cans as targets. Place one in the “Wide, Body, T” positions on the service line. You can put a tennis ball inside each one to weigh them down. When you hit the cans they explode, it’s very motivating.
 

FiReFTW

Legend
You open new threads constantly with new found ideas and how u did that or will do this and how u will post videos and then you ignore people when they call you out on it.

Well im still waiting for the match video you said u will post like 2 months ago, after apparently having many new revelations and your level increasing exponentialy.
 

ChaelAZ

Legend
I do cones for serve and serve in sequentially, so Tee, Body, Wide or reversed. I don't do a ton of power to start, but gradually work it in as I start getting a feel for cones. My goal is always to be fluid and hit spots than try to hit hard.
 

Dragy

Hall of Fame
I’m not sure how tight of the line you’d actually would try to place your serve. Here are several serves of mine, for first 2 I’d be happy with placement in match conditions. 3rd one clearly drifted to the middle of the box, however, I doubt it would be an easy return anyway.
It’s worse with wide slices, you hit it not wide enough and it sits well into FH strikezone.
 

Curious

Legend
I’m not sure how tight of the line you’d actually would try to place your serve. Here are several serves of mine, for first 2 I’d be happy with placement in match conditions. 3rd one clearly drifted to the middle of the box, however, I doubt it would be an easy return anyway.
It’s worse with wide slices, you hit it not wide enough and it sits well into FH strikezone.
Imagine the Service box being divided into 3 equal boxes. At the moment my aim is to hit the middle of these boxes consistently without just bunting the ball. As /if I get better at this with time I will try to hit closer to the lines. So, your first two serves fulfil my goals at the moment but only as long as I can hit that spot like 7-8 out of 10 times.
 

Curious

Legend
Changing the serve to a quick and low ball toss type. Feels very nice and fast. Not many going in yet though :D

 

pencilcheck

Semi-Pro
Good serve practice!

Just my opinion, it doesn't amount to anything. Recommend you toss slightly into the court and be consistent (such as fixed distance from your head, based on my experience, the closer to your head laterally the more spin it will produce naturally, so don't toss too far from you).
 

Dragy

Hall of Fame
Changing the serve to a quick and low ball toss type. Feels very nice and fast. Not many going in yet though :D

If you change to step-up motion, you get a foot+ more forward at trophy compared to platform. So your toss becomes relatively less forward. To serve same toss a tad deeper into the court.
 

Curious

Legend
If you change to step-up motion, you get a foot+ more forward at trophy compared to platform. So your toss becomes relatively less forward. To serve same toss a tad deeper into the court.
Speaking of tossing further into the court :D


 
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