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Tennis Serve Tip: A Continuous Motion

November 5, 2019


Hello Gregg Le Sueur for Online Tennis
Instruction. Here’s a serve tip to help you generate more speed on your serve so for
those of you who may have a pause in your swing or may toss the ball high. Now
ideally on the serve we want to have a fluid motion so the
racket will continue from this point and will continue to gain speed and also if
we pause too long it can often throw off our contact point. So let’s take a look
at what I mean by having a pause in your serve and then we’ll take you through a
drill on how to help you fix that! In this first example I’m going to show you
serving with a continuous fluid motion. See how the racket doesn’t stop. On the
second one watch right at the top how there is going to be a pause. Let’s go back and look at that a second time. See how I’m stopping and I’m
going to compare the two and let’s take a look at the height of the toss. So you
can see the left-hand side that’s where I’m pausing, look how much higher the
toss is. I’m waiting for the ball to come down. On the right-hand side i toss just
beyond the height of my reach so therefore I don’t have to pause and wait for
the ball instead I can accelerate the racket and develop a nice fluid motion
and again the benefit of this as well is under pressure if you have a fluid
motion you’re more likely to make good clean contact. When you have a pause you
may hold that pause too long or maybe you toss too high and it throws your
timing off. Now you’ve seen the three examples and you’ve seen the pause in my
swing right here let’s go through a drill I like to call a three-quarter
serve to help you with this. So often the culprit is tossing too high. So the
ideal tossing height is just beyond the reach of the tip of my racket when I’m
fully extended. So I want to toss just beyond that.
So the drill goes is you start in a 3/4 position. So right here this would be the
full serve and I go to this position right here. Now from this position I’m
going to bend from the elbow and go right to left. So I
start in this position, I’m going to toss the ball as I release the ball I want to
go so I can go right to left. So let’s look at the drill first. I’m going to
lower my toss and I’m going to toss and go! And I’m trying to develop that fluid
constant acceleration up to contact. Now when you’re doing this for the first
time it may be difficult at first but just keep doing the reps and you’re
slowly start to get it. So start with the rack in this position, I toss the ball
I’m going to bend from the elbow right to left. So I’m going to toss and go! So
remember we want constant acceleration from this point. If we move the racket up
to this position and stop we now gone back to zero. Here we have
acceleration and if we continue through this point the racket is going to move
faster over longer distance it’s going to generate more racket head speed up to
the contact point. So that’s what we want. Let’s take a look at the drill two more
times. So I want to make sure my arm is nice and loose! Start in this position
right here the 3/4 serve, I’m going to toss and go! Let’s see one more time. Again toss
and go! So try this drill on your own and let us know how you do!

9 Comments

  • Reply dshm007 June 15, 2017 at 3:29 pm

    I had interest to this video.
    In Japanese common (almost) tennis instruction, We are taught to have to make a "trophy pose" for a moment. We toss a ball to high and wait balls falling with keeping a "trophy pose". This teaching is so laughable. I think it is no means to hit a ball at the height as possible for the probability of serve and we should make a serve with smoothness and getting "racket speed" for speed and spin of a ball.

  • Reply Terry Hobbs June 15, 2017 at 6:28 pm

    This is the 3rd video posted by Florian, Nadim, Gregg in the last couple of weeks on serving, and I can see how they are all related and important steps to help get the serve right. I haven't practiced this one yet, but I did practice the tip on the proper take-back position of the racket (prior to the ball toss and racket drop), and I must say that it really had a positive difference on my serves. The tips and drill in this video also look to be very good and you can see why it's so important to have that proper racket drop. When Gregg talked about having a fluid swing vs pausing during the swing, I immediately pictured Andy Roddick (fluid swing) and Tomas Berdych (who has a higher toss and appears to also have a slight pause in his swing). Thanks guys for posting these very important serve tip videos – they are not difficult to understand and follow.

  • Reply Gavla Tennis June 15, 2017 at 8:51 pm

    I've seen a few of this guy's videos now and this Gregg Le Seur is excellent. I like the way he breaks things down and is focused with his instruction.

  • Reply Tennis Lessons Review June 16, 2017 at 4:41 pm

    So how many pros, male or female, do we see with this tempo and technique? Not many! Why? You have no time to obtain the ideal balance and extend up to contact. Virtually every pro player is tossing the ball up 3-4 feet above contact. Federer, Joker, even Nadal when he is serving well is getting the ball up and swinging up into contact. Sorry, but this old, Vic Braden theory of serving is history in the modern game.

  • Reply Connor McLeod June 16, 2017 at 10:06 pm

    You have got exactly the same german accent as Florian. Why don't you just do the videos also in your own language?

  • Reply imatrOlda June 24, 2017 at 3:40 pm

    who is the target group for this video??? Rec players? then stopping in the trophy position is in over 90% of cases not the main problem of the serve as whole nor a main cause of following problems. stopping the racket in back scratch is their usual problem and it indeed steals km/h from the final racket head speed. In fact stopping the racket does NOT accelerate through the trophy position, but the racket head is at its slowest (absolute majority of players incl. for example Federer) or even stoppes (Janovovicz). The racket head is accelerating FROM the trophy position. If it is continuing to accelerate through the trophy position it can have maybe impact on the rhythm (not necessarily positive – for example Florians serve), but not on the racket head speed on the impact (is 235km of Janowicz not fast enough???). Really, guys, look the significant videos one more time and be open enough to rethink Your concept. tennis serve is not necessarily baseball pitch. and if comparing with throwing motion why not with javelin throw? look there from what position the hand is accelerating.

  • Reply vectorthurm June 30, 2017 at 9:40 pm

    Actually I found this to be the most effective drill to help me break through my service hitch. I compared side by side my regular full service and this 3/4 serve drill and my racquet drop was much better with the drill. I also had a smooth loop as opposed to hitching, I suspect because I didn't have time to. Now it's a matter of transitioning the 3/4 back to full so I can adequately coil. Very helpful, thank you!!

  • Reply Joakim Øster January 5, 2018 at 10:09 pm

    Great video, thank you! Helped me – finally – understand the "loop"

  • Reply Shmuel Goldberg August 10, 2018 at 1:19 pm

    The point is to flex the wrist joint for good speed. This enables transfer of motion from your upper body  to the racket when radius of rotation is the smalles one. (The smallest radius of rotation is about  the wrist joint. This is the last link along the kinetic chain.) What you show is a good way of making it. You might, probably, find other ways of achieving the same effect.

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