Keys to Improving Velocity in the Tennis Serve

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United States Professional Tennis Association
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A respected Belchertown, MA, entrepreneur, Allen Fitzsimmons leads Transitioning Forward as CEO and provides estate inventory, appraisal, and sales solutions. Also certified as a USPTA tennis instructor, Allen Fitzsimmons has held positions as pro at a number of New England tennis clubs and taught players of all levels how to improve their games.

In today’s fast-paced game, one of the keys to success on the court is having high velocity on the serve. The wrong approach involves relying on muscle power, which consumes a lot of effort while failing to generate a serve that threatens the opponent. To attain an optimal speed, right-handed players begin with a toss that is in front of the body and slightly to the right.

Maintain a stance in which the back is not facing the court at the beginning of the serving motion. Rather, coil to a comfortable level and bend the knees deeply to maximize your movement into the shot. Remember that a significant amount of speed is generated, not from whole arm movement, but from the whip-like motion of the wrist just before the racquet hits the ball.

A key question is how far to bring the racket back and this ranges from the classic full wind up of a Pete Sampras to the shortened, jerky movement of an Andy Roddick. The key is to find a balance between exerting maximum force and retaining control, in order to stay within the lines a high percentage of the time.

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