Roger Serving with a Snap

On Court Exercises

The following exercises identify specific elements of the serve. Do not attempt all exercises at once, but rather, start with the first exercise, and take as much time as needed until you feel comfortable, then progress in sequence to the next one and so forth.

Snap down

Positioned at the service line, practice a variation of the serve where you toss low and way out in front, and snap down on the ball so it bounces high and over the net. This will promote a full and vigorous snap, releasing the racquet head into the hit. Be very careful not to hit your knee or shin.

Tell time at the top of the swing

The service motion describes the overall picture of the serve. The action describes the snap at the top of the swing. Ideally one should swing with a slow and deliberate motion that finishes with a whip like snap. Rolling your forearm at the top of the swing will both look and feel different than snapping the wrist. When rolling the forearm you can see your watch just after contact, when snapping the wrist (incorrect) you cannot.

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  • Noushin

    Reply Reply January 31, 2018

    Many thanks for sharing your invaluable experience!

    • Anjuna Anthony

      Reply Reply February 1, 2018

      It is really good tips that all ways you are coming with and thanks for iit.l am a coach so I won’t to ask smoll question regarding the second seave. Lots of players trying to generate tops spin putinig the toss said of the had like Nadal doing and missing lot of seavs and when they come to the secon set they’re having lot of back problems.what is the best solution you can give.thanks again and very good day for you

      • Jim McLennan

        Reply Reply February 17, 2018

        Anna – I think sidespin on both first and second serve takes the pressure off the back – actually I believe that is how Nadal serves

  • Brent Green

    Reply Reply January 29, 2018

    Jim – Great coaching pt on the serve! Totally agree !

    • Jim McLennan

      Reply Reply January 29, 2018

      Brent – thanks for the encouragement – now and then I need a bit

  • Jon B. Lilland

    Reply Reply January 29, 2018

    Very informative. Great point on snapping the racket!
    I will try out your exercise progressions.

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