Suddenly, Out of Nowhere, Serving Bombs

Kevo

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Serves 2 and 3 were mistimed and consequently lacking good vertical racquetspeed component and thus flatter. Serves 1, 4, and 5 were hit as intended and had about 3 feet of net clearance.
Net clearance is good for 2nd serves in terms of safety, but you really want the ball action to give you some other advantage as well. Some slice going away or into the returner for instance, or a bounce height well above shoulder level to encourage a weak return. Ideally you'd have enough control over the spin so you could adjust to the returners adjustments. So if you hit high bouncing kickers and they decide to move back to catch them on the descent, then you can bring them in shallow and wide to take advantage of their move back, etc. I'm sure you probably know this stuff, but for me it makes a big difference if I actually practice these scenarios on a fairly regular basis.
 
Today I played against ATP forehand guy again. But my arm was a little deader, and I had lost a bit of racquethead speed.

Losing just a few mph was enough for him to gain back the advantage and pulverize my serve again. Hitting spinnier serves for more margin that kick higher worked even worse - he kills those with his forehand and is pretty good at slicing his backhand downward off high balls unless my serve is a heavy thunderous blast.

I had played a tournament match yesterday, an easy win, so this was my 4th day in a row of match play. Ironically, my sudden re-emergence of the giant serve happened after I took a week off from tennis last week to make a quick trip to the states.
 
Update:

My Suddenly-Huge-Again serve seems to be fleeting, only making peek-a-boo appearances every now and then, about once per week. My motion seems inconsistent. Some days I can put it together with nice racquethead speed. Other days like today, I feel like my body parts of the kinetic chain are just not naturally in sync. I have to conciously think about getting my legs involved to get forward thrust, bending my knees deeper and pulling the racquet down faster to get more upward velocity. It's frustrating, because in my youth, the big serve was my one big weapon I could count on.
 

Kevo

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Update:

My Suddenly-Huge-Again serve seems to be fleeting, only making peek-a-boo appearances every now and then, about once per week. My motion seems inconsistent. Some days I can put it together with nice racquethead speed. Other days like today, I feel like my body parts of the kinetic chain are just not naturally in sync. I have to conciously think about getting my legs involved to get forward thrust, bending my knees deeper and pulling the racquet down faster to get more upward velocity. It's frustrating, because in my youth, the big serve was my one big weapon I could count on.
Don't forget to check your toss. I managed to double fault twice in a row today during my doubles match. First time in a long time I can remember doing that. Ended up at deuce. I knew my toss was going wonky on the last fault as that one was obviously bad. I think it had gotten progressively worse as I was losing focus. I redoubled my efforts to focus and managed two excellent tosses in a row to finish out the game. It's good to be reminded every now and then just how critical the fundamentals are. A good toss and clear focus was all I needed, but it's so easy to get caught up in other things during a match and go off track.
 
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