5 Steps to a Supersonic Serve

Tennis is set apart from most other sports because of its unique scoring system. For instance, in tennis you can win fewer points than your opponent and still emerge as the winner. A big part of this is the fact that if you never lose your serve, you can't lose!

The rules aren't going to be changing anytime soon, so you should be doing everything you can to use them to your advantage. And that means getting a great serve.

Players like Sampras, Federer and the Williams sisters are all great players. Without diminishing their other skills, the foundation to their success is without a doubt the fact that they all have great serves.

How many times have you seen Federer serve his way out of trouble in a big match? And Sampras became virtually unbeatable on fast courts because of this shot. Serena scares her opponents simply by the fact that she has the biggest serve on the women's tour!

What impact would a big service weapon have on your game? Would your opponents react differently to you if they knew you could serve like the "big boys and girls?"

The good news is the more you practice, the better your serve! And it's a shot you can develop on your own, without a partner.

Here are five components of a super serve you can start working on today that will put you one step closer to developing a service weapon of your very own.

The Grip

If you don't do so already, the quicker you can get to a continental grip the better your serve will be.

The continental is when you hold the racket as though you were holding an axe or a hammer (hence its other names, such as chopper and hammer grip).

This grip will allow you to produce a more streamlined and powerful service motion, allowing for the correct hand motion at contact that is a vital part of a good serve.

One of the easiest ways to get the feel of this grip is to see if you can bounce a tennis ball with the bottom edge of your tennis racket. You'll know if you are not holding the racket correctly because the edge of the racket will not be coming down directly on top of the ball.

About the Author

Paul Gold has been involved in enhancing the performance of tennis players of all levels from beginners to touring professionals for more than 20 years.. For Paul's free mini-course footwork video, visit footwork4tennis.com.

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