Think you’ve perfected your tennis serve? There’s a really good chance that you’re squatting too much on your serve. You may not even know that you’re doing it incorrectly.

Bending your knees and exploding up to the ball is a great thing to do on the serve. Players at different levels have been unconsciously squatting on their serve. They’re sticking their butts out, like if you were to squat in a chair. We actually want to push our hips forward as we bend our knees. Practice this using a shadow stroke so that you can actually do it when you hit the ball.

Instead of squatting and sticking your butt back, push your hips forward. Bend your knees less when you push your hips forward. Instead of feeling all the tension in your quads, you’re going to feel more tension in your glutes. I recommend you do glute bridge exercises, and other exercises that are going to strengthen those glute muscles.

No squatting while serving: that’s the big key! Doing so will help you generate more power, and more rhythm on your serve.

Got any questions, comments, and/or suggestions? Leave a comment down below, and I’ll be sure to get back to you with an answer. Thank you for your time, and we’ll see you at the next video!


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  1. Russ Reinhard

    I was surprised, but the tip about using an open palm toss and high follow-thru with fingers extended really did help my serve. Starting with the ball held head-high also helped.

    • Jeff Salzenstein

      Russ, I love when these little tips make a difference. Thank youfor sharing and continued success.

  2. Richard Hotoke

    I’ve never ever heard about using the hips instead of squatting. Thanks! It works!

    • Jeff Salzenstein

      Hi Richard! It does work! That’s awesome.

  3. Matt

    This is awesome and so true – great lesson and thanks for pointing this out!

  4. Millie

    Good job, of the 600+ utube on serve, I ranked this as a great tip.

    • Jeff Salzenstein

      Thank you so much, Millie! I really appreciate that.

  5. Inuit Kc

    Profoundly accurate about maximising body movement efficiency.

    • Jeff Salzenstein

      Inuit, Thank you for your positive comment. I love that you see this.

  6. George Husk


    Great lesson about the squat bend on the serve. You demonstrated this using the foot back stance on the serve, what about the foot up position?

    Thank you,


    • Jeff Salzenstein

      George, you can also do this with the pinpoint stance!

  7. jimvanwyck

    Another great tip from somebody with a great serve.


    ==>Jim Van Wyck

    • Jeff Salzenstein


      Appreciate that..thank you!

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