Timing the different segments on the serve is extremely important. Even the best technique will suffer when the timing is not right. Here a few points on improving the timing of your serve.
The ideal path of the tossing arm is somewhere between 45 degrees to the baseline or parallel to the baseline.
The “power position” is one of the most important elements of the serve. The video will describe the ideal “power position” for an effective serve, breaking it down in all of its key elements.
How you land on the serve is a great gauge of the overall efficiency of the stroke. The video will show you the proper way to land to assure that you are transferring forces correctly when serving.
The non-dominant hand plays a very important role on the serve. It helps toss the ball and stabilize the upper body. Only through the correct use of the non-dominant hand will you be able to achieve the proper transfer of forces on the serve. Let’s see how this is done.
The key to returning effectively is to make contact with the ball in front of the body. Due to the serve speed, taking a normal swing at the ball will usually lead to a late contact point. A much better alternative is to shorten your backswing significantly.
Anytime you have a chance, move behind the ball to return. Avoid reaching if it is not absolutely necessary. Reaching will easily get you off balance and will decrease your chances of hitting a powerful return.
As a returner you are under tremendous time constrains. If you do not move as soon as the ball leaves the opponent’s racquet you will most likely not reach a well placed serve. Therefore having an automatic, efficient split step routine can make a big difference. Here are some things you should focus on.
To block a return you will need to set the strings behind contact and push forwards with a little under spin. If you picture a volley you will be on the right track.
The ideal toss will put the ball in a spot…