Key To A Great Topspin Serve


The serve is one of the most misunderstood strokes in tennis, and a lot of players and coaches tend to get confused or overwhelmed about it.

I’m committed and passionate about helping tennis players worldwide improve their serves.

In this article, I’m going to explain how to develop the proper swing path for the topspin serve, so that you can hit it like the tennis pros.

Before we start, let me briefly share with you how I developed my topspin serve into a weapon during my professional career.

When I was a freshman in college, I didn’t have the best tennis serve.

In fact, it was one of the worst serves at that level, and I definitely didn’t have a great topspin tennis serve.

After years of studying the pros and getting advice from awesome coaches like John Yandell, I began to master the topspin serve.

When I was an ATP tennis pro playing on tour, I used to focus on creating a circular type of motion on my topspin serve.

This allowed my arm to swing on the correct path and get the maximum amount of spin on my tennis serve. Using this circular motion is a unique concept, but a highly effective way to swing the racquet.

Let’s go over on how you can practice the proper swing path to hit amazing topspin tennis serves.


Swing Path On The Topspin Serve

Creating the correct swing path is what helped me learn how to serve like the best tennis pros on tour. There is pronation happening on a kick or topspin serve; however, that’s the science and analytics behind it.

Instead, I want you to focus on the feel of the shot. This involves making a circle over your head, around your body, and finishing in front of your belly button.

It’s not a pronation feeling when you want to hit a great topspin serve. In fact, too many tennis players and coaches are just focusing on pronation, because that’s what they see the pros doing.

I recommend consistently working on your tennis serve fundamentals, and practicing the proper circular swing path that will allow you to create massive topspin on your tennis serve.

In summary, don’t focus on pronation on your topspin serve, focus on creating that circular swing path.

If you’re struggling to master this concept, consider practicing this simple kick serve drill on a regular basis.

Having a big tennis serve will greatly improve your confidence and tennis game. Next time you are out on the court, try and feel the type of swing path that I described in this article, and you’ll be on the way to develop a world-class tennis topspin serve.


 By Jeff Salzenstein, Founder Tennis Evolution

Jeff is a former top 100 ATP player and USTA high-performance coach
committed to helping players and coaches all over the world improve.

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