How Tennis Serves Progress


This is what to expect when your serve get better.

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  1. Edmon
    August 12, 2020 at 2:16 am · Reply

    Hello Jorge,

    Thank you for sharing this.

    Would you please record or comment on the progression training for how to advance a typical 3.0/3.5 serve that is consistent and accurate but slow and with a short, if any, take back to a 4.0/4.5 serve that has more power and better form but without losing much accuracy and consistency. When I try to add deeper take back, trophy pose, knee bent … the accuracy and consistency go away. I feel I need a more gradual, step-by-step isolation progression, but would like to get your advice on a recommended sequence of isolated learning steps.

  2. dee henry
    May 15, 2018 at 5:22 pm · Reply

    As many of the (right handers) hit the ball with the continental grip for their first time send the ball onto the court to the left.

  3. Vito
    January 6, 2017 at 3:11 am · Reply

    Jorge, could you please make a video with instructions/drills how to improve specific segments of the serve (ball toss, racket path, pronation etc) Thanks

    • Jorge Capestany
      January 6, 2017 at 3:25 pm · Reply

      Yes Vito. I have plans to do a video like that in the near future.

  4. Mark
    January 4, 2017 at 4:52 pm · Reply

    Nice!!! Any suggestions on improving 2 serve English topspin to have an upwards kick?

    • Jorge Capestany
      January 5, 2017 at 2:12 am · Reply

      High Mark, I will address that in a future video.

  5. Ravi Anantaraman
    January 4, 2017 at 2:03 am · Reply

    I solve this problem in one of two ways:

    1. In the case of absolute beginners including adults, I teach them the continental grip from day 1. I start them off at the service line. So, their first memory is of the ball clearing the net, and they never have the disappointing thought of ‘Gee, this doesn’t work,’ because they have nothing to compare it against. And every time they make 2 serves in a row, I have them back up a couple of steps. They get to the baseline with a continental grip fairly quickly.

    2. In the case of beginners who learnt to play on their own, I change their grip from the forehand (panhandle) grip to continental (hammer) grip, very gradually. Drastically changing their grip from forehand to continental seems to be a real downer when players who are used to seeing their serves go over, suddenly can’t come close to making one.


  6. Dee Henry
    January 3, 2017 at 8:53 pm · Reply

    Thanks for your input. I love your explanations.

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