Look, hitting a more powerful serve is a topic that has a lot of moving parts.
In this video, I’m teaming up with the crew at Essential Tennis to entertainingly (if that’s even a word?) offer you our top 4 “secrets” to getting more power on your serve.
- Ian talks about the need to move away from the “waiter’s serve” where the palm stays open during the backswing and the trophy pose. It’s important to move towards keeping the palm rounded and facing downward with loaded shoulders in the trophy pose, so you can achieve a wrist “snap”. Not to mention nobody can come put cupcakes on your racket during the serve and expect you to pass them out.
- Kirby mentions the need to keep your toss in front of you, into the court. This prevents your momentum from falling backwards during the serve, and instead, encourages a good body lean into the court, ensuring that your momentum is going up into the ball. POW!
- Ira tells us that his top tip for getting more serve power is to stay loose. He says that most players “gear up” to try and hit a big serve, and usually end up trying too hard, getting tense, and ultimately not getting as much power behind their serve as they’d like. If you have trouble getting loose, tell your significant other you need a massage or a shot of tequila immediately.
- Finally, Ramon talks about how to properly use your legs on the serve. He mentions the “squat and thrust” method, which some players on the tour still use (Such as Bouchard). He then shows you the best way to use your legs which is through the “corkscrew method” where as your legs bend, your hips rotate away from the baseline, creating the coil… which will later be delivered into the ball.
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