Our coaches have come up with four simple drills to help you improve your serve and make it a genuine weapon.With these exercises you can work on your accuracy and technique when serving.
What shot could be more important than the serve? It can win you a lot of cheap points and working on it regularly can really pay dividends. A few little drills shouldn't be too much to ask for such an important part of your game.
The best way to work on accuracy is to use targets in the opponent's service area.
The drill is very simple: do sets of 10 serves, choosing only one target. The aim is to put at least 7 balls out of 10 in the box, including 3 serves that hit the intended target.
Repeat the drill on the 3 arranged targets (at the T, in the centre, and on the sliced or lifted zone)
If a target seems impossible to you, then you can create target zones rather than cones.
Objective: win cheap points with your serve.
Before you start scoring, you determine a number of points assigned to each service area.
For example, if you serve on the T and score the point, you win 3 points. If you serve on the player and score the point, you win just 1 point.
Once these points have been awarded, you can start scoring. For games like this, you should play ten-point tie-breaks.
A little extra: You can deduct points for double faults ;) It'll add a little extra spice to your match.
Objective: Work on your leg push.
The leg push is such an important part of serving that you really need to focus on getting it right without the ball. That's why this is a ball-free drill!
Get in position to serve, on either side of the centre mark.
Do an empty serve, pushing as far forward as possible and stop your movement! Mark the spot where you stop.
Then do sets of 10 empty serves, going for that landing spot each time.
Join our two coaches for a session that involves working on your serve toss, leg push, and your percentage of successful serves.
So practise your serve as much as possible, this shot marks the beginning of a rally, of a point to be won! Let's go!