How to Improve your Serve


Master Professional Jorge Capestany gives his tips on how to improve your serve.

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  • Date September 12, 2018
  • Tags Serve

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  1. Luki
    October 5, 2020 at 11:35 am · Reply

    Jorge you are king πŸ‘πŸ’ͺπŸ†

    • Jorge Capestany
      October 12, 2020 at 5:20 pm · Reply

      ha.. thanks

  2. Barada Dash
    September 29, 2020 at 4:20 pm · Reply

    awesome tips for practicing serve, it seems to be more focussed…

    • Jorge Capestany
      October 12, 2020 at 5:21 pm · Reply


  3. Dan Haertl
    June 8, 2020 at 1:14 am · Reply

    Jorge. I have been coaching/teaching for 34 years, both college and HS. I love your instructions and drills. Thank you for sharing as much as you do. You are awesome.

    • Jorge Capestany
      June 12, 2020 at 5:53 pm · Reply

      Thanks Dan!

  4. Lisa Moldrem
    June 2, 2020 at 4:32 pm · Reply

    Thanks Jorge,
    I love the progression and ideas for one player. I was a basketball player so have used the game of horse for 2-3 players a fair amount. All ages can enjoy practicing serves when it’s more fun!

    • Jorge Capestany
      June 3, 2020 at 1:27 am · Reply

      You’re welcome

  5. Del Valle
    June 2, 2020 at 4:04 pm · Reply

    Retired now from coaching, emphasizing of getting the ball in play is huge. Hangman was a game I started with serves to keep the boys from getting bored. A ton of second serves without moving their feet, but having the upper body rotate with the serve. Nice to see the practice of serves!

    • Jorge Capestany
      June 2, 2020 at 4:07 pm · Reply

      Cool, thanks for sharing

  6. Justin
    December 25, 2019 at 3:31 pm · Reply

    Thanks for posting this. I coach a high school girls team, and I have had them focus on second serves exclusively in practice with the focus of double faults being our kryptonite and the understanding that (at least in our league) few first serves are actually weapons. I like how you give them targets and progress up to boomers and weaknesses. Excellent break down, coach!

    • Jorge Capestany
      December 26, 2019 at 12:47 am · Reply

      Thanks Justin

  7. Bob
    December 24, 2019 at 4:49 pm · Reply

    This is an excellent structure to follow and I love the emphasis on staying in your routines. So many times I’ve gone out and been able to hit 9/10 on rapid fire mode but that’s not how it is when you play. I take it a step further and rotate from deuce to ad side back in forth to resemble game play.

    • Jorge Capestany
      December 26, 2019 at 12:47 am · Reply

      Thanks Bob

    December 24, 2019 at 3:42 pm · Reply

    Great drill, I try to throw in a game of PIG or HORSE like shooting hoops with targeting weaknesses (pressure) that a server may have. Someones starts by targeting 1-6 and the next sever follows…

    • Jorge Capestany
      December 26, 2019 at 12:47 am · Reply

      I love it

  9. Gene
    September 10, 2019 at 2:37 pm · Reply

    I really think this is a great way to mentally engage for serve practice. What I notice, though, is that in the high school game there is really not much rhyme or reason when it comes to points won on 1st vs 2nd serves other than the psychological effect. I could share several anecdotes, but to be brief, I see weaker kids who take very compact swings able to redirect the boomer serve and get points straight off the return, while they can only seem to make garbage returns of the second serve that, even if they put the ball in play, can be easily put away on the next shot. So I really like the fact that this drill gives equal weight to the second serves.

    • Jorge Capestany
      September 13, 2019 at 4:46 pm · Reply

      Thanks Gene

  10. christopher constable
    February 14, 2019 at 8:29 pm · Reply

    Very helpful video, but how can you the most of a weak serve? The obvious answer is to make it stronger, but this takes time. Is there any way that a server can take advantage of those opponents who like to stand very near to the service line when receiving a serve?

    • Jorge Capestany
      February 19, 2019 at 6:34 pm · Reply

      I think the best thing to do is to focus on accuracy… so at least the returner will NOT be able to hit his favorite shot

  11. Robert Alderman Jr.
    November 27, 2018 at 12:14 am · Reply

    Dear Coach, I just happened to come across your website and am really happy that I did. In quickly viewing a few of your videos, I found them all to be helpful and especially appreciated your helpful way of teaching – i.e. simple and easy to understand, yet very, very helpful and encouraging. Being 71 years young, yo-yoing up and down at the 3.0-3.5 level wanting to improve to 4.0, my inconsistency, predicated to a certain extent from all the different on-line instructions come across and try, I think has created much confusion in my mind as to what is really best for me. I’ve always liked the idea of “smooth and easy, easy and smooth (with minimal moving parts), that’s the way to always move” – so, I’m sure I will be visiting your site and videos often. Thank you.

    • Jorge Capestany
      November 29, 2018 at 3:05 am · Reply

      Thanks Robert… I’m glad you found us!

    October 31, 2018 at 12:33 pm · Reply

    Jorge and Martie, I believe your videos are helping me, tremendously! I work on my serves every chance I get. Thanks for your helpful suggestions!

  13. Rick Willett
    October 5, 2018 at 1:29 pm · Reply

    It is helpful hitting back and forth within the 6 targets giving rise to serving toward the alley, the middle,
    and at opponent (ABC). My teams sometimes get bored hitting serves as they’d rather have a cardio workout doing drills.

    Isolating the player’s weakness serving to the specific target area will give them more confidence serving in their matches.

    • Jorge Capestany
      October 10, 2018 at 1:59 pm · Reply

      Thanks Rick

  14. Pamela Muno
    September 20, 2018 at 7:34 pm · Reply

    Love this, I have a dedicated wheelchair student that likes to practice his serves, and will introduce this sequence to him. Practice with purpose!

  15. Bala
    September 14, 2018 at 2:08 am · Reply

    Perfect practice makes perfect! Thanks for the excellent reminder, Coach!

  16. Jennifer Magnuson
    September 14, 2018 at 1:14 am · Reply

    I also like the variation of adding a game where students try to hit each area in order and count the number of serves it takes to get one in each. Perfect score would be 6. I probably stole this one from you too!

  17. Larry Hartfield
    September 13, 2018 at 6:53 pm · Reply

    Good Stuff!
    We have adults and Jr’s at the club.
    All need more service practice.
    Coach Stretch

  18. Jean
    September 13, 2018 at 5:57 pm · Reply

    As an 80yr. old, I do a very similar thing only, I prefer doing just 40 balls 10 in each of the 4 corners. 1-3-4-6 using flats and spins. I do this just before I do my ball machine work outs. Either way I think is very good.

  19. David
    September 13, 2018 at 5:26 pm · Reply

    Helpful, yes. I find that nothing whatsoever improves my game like service practice. I also wrote down ritual, as I have lots of trouble with my service toss – rushing myself.


  20. Ellen
    September 12, 2018 at 5:45 pm · Reply

    This is just what I need. I am going to share. Thanks great advice Ellen

  21. Tom Bauman USPTA
    September 12, 2018 at 5:31 pm · Reply

    I tried this but could not get our courts to light up. Just kidding great instruction on helping my High School Team Thanks

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