The Toss

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A consistent toss is one of the most important aspects of the serve. Here you will find several ideas to help you improve your toss.

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Calibrating your Serve Left, Right

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Here is a great exercise to help you develop precision on the serve. The idea is to purposely hit right of your intended target, then left and then at the target. The small adjustments will make you a much better server.

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Learning to Serve by Throwing

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Serving is nothing else than throwing the racquet at the ball. The building blocks for a great serve are throws. Here are a couple of examples of how one can practice the serve through throwing.

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Checking for Balance on the Serve

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A great way to check if you are serving in balance is by checking the landing. If you are able to land on balance you where most likely balanced throughout the whole motion. Here is how to do this.

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Developing a Smooth Serving Motion

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Developing a fluid serving motion will help you improve the effectiveness of your serve allowing for a better transfer of forces. Here is an exercise that will help you develop a continuous and loose serving motion.

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Learning to Use the Wrist to Improve the Spin Serve

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The proper use of the wrist is essential to develop an effective spin serve. Here is an exercise to help you understand how the wrist should move when spinning the serve. When practicing this exercise it is important to keep in mind that the wrist moves along the lateral axis (from right to left for right handed players) along with …

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Learning to Serve in Balance

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Learning to serve in balance is essential to develop a solid serve. Here is an exercise to help player develop a sense of balance on their serve.

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Learning to Rotate the Torso When Serving

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Learning to serve with more upper body rotation is frequently a bonus for the advanced player, allowing them to serve with more power, disguise and spin. Here is a nice exercise to help them accomplish this.

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Learning to Use the Continental Grip to Serve

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As beginners learning to serve with a forehand grip is easier because the motion does not require any pronation of the forearm. However, when changing to a Continental grip to improve the serve the player will need to learn to pronate the forearm and rotate the arm at the shoulder. Here is an exercise to help with the process.

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An Easy Way to Understand How to Spin the Serve

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Understanding what it means to spin the serve and how to make the ball rotate is not easy. Here is an easy way to experience spin on the serve – a great introduction to a spin serve.

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