should I rest a day after hitting serves?

Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by barnes1172, Feb 21, 2013.

  1. barnes1172

    barnes1172 New User

    Apr 16, 2009
    Portland, OR
    I thought about this in comparison to baseball: a starting pitcher will only throw hard once every five days, and rest his arm the other days.

    How is serving in tennis similar or different to this?
    Would I benefit from not hitting serves on consecutive days?
    How much rest does someone's arm need after hitting serves?

    I have noticed that my arm felt a little more lively when I had not hit serves, or played tennis in the previous days.
    What is your experience?
  2. LeeD

    LeeD Bionic Poster

    Dec 28, 2008
    East side of San Francisco Bay
    How many serves did you hit?
    If you hit 300 at match speeds, you need a rest for a day or two.
    If you hit 20, which is more likely if you are in your tennis season, it shouldn't tire out your arm.
    Like running. If you run 12 miles a day, you better take a day off.
    If you run 1 mile, cruising, you can pretty much run every day.
    Only YOU know your body, so listen to it.
  3. slowfox

    slowfox Professional

    Oct 3, 2011
    I usually hit around 100 serves in a practice session. As much as I'd love to go out the next day and repeat, I know I'd better rest up for a day or two. Staying injury free is top priority.
  4. TennisCJC

    TennisCJC Legend

    Apr 20, 2010
    If you're tired, rest. What am I, your grand mother?

    I hit a couple of bucket on average 1 a week - about 100-120 serves. Sometimes twice in a week. But, I also play 3-4 matches - combo practice or league in a week on average.

    You know you body better than anyone here. My opinion is practicing 100 or more serves once or twice a week in addition to other practice and matches should be plenty.

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