- Identify the type of court and how the court plays. Some courts play quite fast and may be suited to the occasional body serve, others have extremely high roofs which may favour the lob serve. Identifying how the courts play should be done in the warm up (check out our blog to see how you can most of your warm up), which can be done by hitting a variety of shots such as lobs, hard cross-courts, softer cross-courts etc.
- Identify the conditions. In winter where the courts are colder, a serve has to be hit a little harder to get the ball to carry through to the side and backwall. The opposite is true in summer, you have to be careful not to overhit the ball and may even need to apply some extra cut.
- Check where your opponent is standing. If your opponent is standing really high up on the court, a lob serve will be better suited. On the contrary, if the opponent is standing right at the back of the court, a hard serve directed at the corner or a serve that hits the sidewall deep in the court could be a really effective tool as it will jam the opponent up in the corner.
- Slow down. Too many people rush the serve! Slow yourself down so you are set up to execute the serve to the best of your ability.
- Choose a target to serve the ball at. Do not serve the ball unless you have chosen a specific target. Choosing a target will help you in limiting your opponent’s options when returning the serve (if they return it) and therefore narrow the possibilities that you will have to prepare for.
- Commit the serve! It’s the only way you will get the most out of your serve!
Some of the topics covered in the 2 hour clinics are as follows:
- How to prepare for your serve
- The difference between the FH and BH serve
- Learn the service targets
- Determine your service style and stroke
- Should you serve to a left-hander’s backhand?
- Where should you go once you’ve “served’?
- When should you serve?
- The mental aspect of the serve
- The #1 thing to avoid when serving
The Return Of Serve:
- Where you should stand
- Your ROS target hierarchy in order of preference
- Where you should go once you complete your ROS
- Your approach to the ROS
- The mental aspect of the ROS
- How to practice the ROS
- Why the ROS is so “hard”
To book your place in the serve clinic click here.
To book your place in the return of serve clinic click here.
Please note there are only a limited number of clinics that are going to be run, so get in quick!