The Serve Blueprint

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thanks a lot your kindly explaination.
I have a question.
If I toss the ball almost parallel at base line how to toss the ball inside court?
I can not understand your theory.

Thank you.
Best Regards,
Sangyun Jung

  • Your arm also moves slightly into the court as it goes up to release the ball. Actually your entire body weight moves slightly forward at that time and as a result the toss goes into the court

I like the practice drill where you stand with an open stance and practice the shoulder turn. Excellent videos. Thank you.

Same. Really good. Concise. Absolutely clear. Role model exposition. De-emphasizing knee bend and emphasizing coil very helpful, and dean on I think. Is it not obvious that uncoiling, not lifting is largely what produces racket head speed and power.

wonderful content. going out and really work on each video’s information. thanks!

Good one! tried it and increased my serve power right away! thanks

heck of a tennis public service ! only watched vid #2 so far but I always see pros landing on their left foot….right handed ones…. ,I land on the right foot kinda stepping in. Never knew about that foot position ,need to go out and see what i have been doing up to now .TX

So in order to get that “turn” going, you need to toss the ball with your arm moving parallel to the baseline, right? It seems difficult to get the turn/torque going with your arm tossing the all at a 45 degree angle.

  • Hi Barry. Yes almost parallel to the baseline is what I recommend. A 45 degree angle will also give you a reasonable amount of turn and that can oftentimes be a good way to ease into it. Definitely avoid tossing straight up and down with the arm perpendicular to the baseline!

My serve is so much better now because I have that straight left arm when tossing the ball, also instead of ‘throwing’ the ball I ‘lay’ the ball: huge difference!

Thanks for this video. You appear to use a lot of pronation – are you going to cover pronation?

  • Pronation is covered inside the upcoming video course that will go on sale on Monday

Florian, would you recommend even as a practice drill to exaggerate the turn, a la McEnroe, to get the feel of the turn and coil or have you found that doesn’t help learn the feel of the coil/turn?

  • I found that most players can not serve well with too much turn. So maybe exaggerate a little bit but not a whole lot!

Very very helpful video. Thanks. I’m in the process of redoing my serve (which is pretty awful.) Recently took a lesson and the first thing the teacher noticed was my feet positions (which were wrong.) This video was great reinforcement, plus, I love the turn and toss thing. Can’t wait to start practicing it. Question: I tend to serve better (more power/control) when I practice it from near the ad or deuce court. When I move back to the baseline, it’s tougher. Any fixes for that? Many thanks for the great series.

  • When you are at the service line you can really focus on the process but when you go to the baseline you automatically worry too much about how the ball goes in the box. Try to stay with the process and focus on the movement when you serve from the baseline and trust that the result will take care of itself when you get the motion right

Hey Florian, this video is very helpful. I’ll practice the drills this evening. I have lot of trouble with my feet positioning in deuce court. In ad court, it is easy for me because intuitively it feels like I am hitting away from my head. But in deuce cout, it feels like I have to swing across my head if I position my feet the same way. Can you tell me what kind of adjustment I should make regarding my feet?

  • Hi. The foot setup is not much different and actually the swing is not much different either. instead you simply need to slightly adjust the angle of the racket face at contact. that will give the ball direction but everything else is very similar or almost identical actually!

I like these lessons because they are basic and do not require me to change my serve that drastically in order to improve. My serve is a big part of my game and it is not always consistent, therefore causing me a lot of frustration. Thanks for your help!

Excellent video on the serve….can generate power by turning upper body GREAT

Terrific video, Florian. What I struggle with is how to swing up to the ball. My racquet face often opens up too soon and I hit the ball long. I’ve heard many times that one should “swing up on edge,” but that hasn’t done much to help my serve, unfortunately. I serve with a continental grip. Any advice or something to visualize to facilitate the proper upward swing on edge?

Kind thanks,

  • Hi MJ,

    This is difficult. You have to exaggerate the correction in the other direction. I cover this in detail inside my new serve blueprint video course that comes out on Monday

Great lesson. I have overlooked this aspect of the service motion. Keep up the great lessones

I like your video!, Good Fundamentals, Thank you, I am trying the lessons on video 1, and consciously trying to get a consistent toss is adding to my power. I will be trying to incorporate the stand of your video #2 next.
Thanks for the free lessons, I am trying to see your videos before you start charging money for them, I think you should charge a reasonable fee.

all these lessons looks very interested, but, when I am going to put them in a real match disturbs my previous already automated way of playing and is worst the remedy that the sick…that the reasons for the drills, but anxiety and shorting the way to succes are the main enemies…hard work to make them automatic part of my present game

  • It takes work to make new movements automatic yes but otherwise you simply stay at whatever level you are at right now

Great information and instruction.
I appreciate the manner in which describe and demonstrate the proper action
as well as the video reviews and repeats.
Thank You!

Took lots of lessons but never this detailed. I love your video and can’t wait to put it in practice.