In today’s serve lesson, we’re going to talk about how, if you keep your hand too far away from your head when you get into the trophy position, you’re really going to struggle with your serve.

As a young pro, I’ve experienced this as well and found that it kept me from serving as efficiently as I wanted to and I know it will limit your true potential. In this video lesson, we’re going to show you how to fix that problem.

So, you, and probably about 80 to 90 percent of all servers, are keeping your hand too far away from your head, and that produces too much tension in your body and in your arm. The proper way is to bring your hand closer to your head, so you can accelerate to the ball and feel more relaxed. How do you do this, you ask? Just think about almost having your hand touching your ear, and that’s it! Easy! There’s a great opportunity for you to improve your serve!

Focus on having the hand closer to the head instead of being out in this position when you accelerate up to the ball.

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.

 

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10 Comments

  1. Beau Berglund

    Do you think the distinction between having the racket too far behind the head like you demonstrated in this video and having the racket too close to the head has to do with we place the racket behind our head horizontally so that it can drop?

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    • Jeff Salzenstein

      Hi Beau, I am not sure I am clear on your question.

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  2. Nick Grosdanis

    Jeff, can you also address the racquet drop potential with an outstretched hand vs. one closer to the head during the serve motion. I feel that as I’m coming out of the trophy position my hand will drift back closer to my head and allow for the same racquet drop as my hand in the good starting position as you have described. Thanks.

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    • Jeff Salzenstein

      Hi Nick, I am not clear on your questions but I will say that if you follow the tip today, you will have a great racquet drop provided you are relaxed.

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  3. Howard

    Great tip Jeff,
    I heard “scratch your back”, but “comb your hair” seem better match what you are teaching here.
    Thanks
    Howard

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    • Jeff Salzenstein

      Hi Howard,

      I am not a fan of scratch your back. Comb the back of your hair is good but the tip in this video goes deeper than just these tips.

      Reply
  4. Jeff McCracken

    Hey Jeff, Great topic to cover on the serve. I saw you at the Illinois Tennis Coach’s workshop a couple of years ago in Aurora, Illinois. I have been teaching tennis in my area since 1975 and coaching high school tennis since 2000. I consider Vic Braden one of my mentors and he had a drill that addressed this very serving problem. He called it the BALL IN THE ELBOW Drill. Check it out. Put a ball in the hitting elbow then put the racquet in the throwing position. Toss a ball up and hit it. When done correctly the ball in the elbow will follow towards the net the ball you tossed and hit. Thanks for all you do for tennis!

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    • Jeff Salzenstein

      Jeff, thank you for your nice message and great tip from Vic. Really appreciate your passion to help so many players.

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    • Jeff Salzenstein

      Thank you, Sara!

      Reply

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