Developing a Better Tennis Serve
Created on 1/8/2010 by Disciplanner
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One of the hardest aspects of developing a good tennis game is improving your serve, but it is also one of the most important.  The main thing is to practice your serve regularly.  Get in the habit of going to the court three or four times a week for at least an hour session.  Bring a big bucket of balls.  If you can find a practice partner, that's even better.  

Before you even start serving, be sure to stretch and do some warm-up hitting against a backboard.  You can make practicing your serve more fun by making a game of it.  Set up orange cones or even plastic soda bottles as targets for your serve.  Practice spin serves and slice serves.  Aim for different parts of the square - wide, deep, right and left.  If you can, find someone with a radar "gun" to measure your serving speed.  If you find a serving partner, play serving games to keep it interesting.  

Work on developing a reliable second serve, as a back-up for your killer first serve.  Don't overdo it though, because serving at top speed for long periods is a real workout, and you need to give your muscles time to rest and recuperate afterward.  
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