In this video, Master Professional Jorge Capestany and certified Tennis Pro Adam Ford talk about how to use smart targets when serving.
Great tips. I like the exit targets. It not only helps you realize where you want to serve, but also makes you realize that it’s not just about getting it in, but about where the second flight of the ball goes (after the bounce). Many times we are just saying down the T or out wide, but we don’t see or pay attention to where the opponent is striking the ball.
The beuty of simplicity.
Super easy to understand at any level.
Very interesting and helpful! I’ll try it today! Thank you, dear Jorge and Adam!
You’re welcome Hristo
very nice strategy for a server.
I would like to see some strategy for the return of serve and the pattern of shots which will follow
I like that this is a natural next step to the “three zones” of where the ball should land. That tip breaks down, though as receivers stand out wide or near the T. I find I have to tell my kids to forget about the zones now and think about where ball will go after it bounces based on where the receiver is standing. For example, zone 2 is no longer at the body if the receiver is standing in the doubles alley. This gives a visual and universal way to think about that…red circle and green zones…no matter where the receiver is standing. Love it!
The great Ken DeHart Master Professional once told me to think of placing the markers “A” for Alley “B” for body “C” for center. Serving as easy as A-B-C.
I like that too…
In the beginning of the video Adam stated that his players needed to use more slice & spin when serving. For a right handed server, should they use a slice serve to get a better exit wide when serving to the deuce side?
Bob, that is correct… They also need to land the ball shorter in the court to maximize the possible angle.
Very good idea and concept!
Where can I get the lit up green targets?
We do all that in post… editing
I like the target for out wide. I have a decent serve but need to practice more precision.
Very well done coach…
That’s a great way to think about serving! Love it!
Cannot agree more, one has to realize where the ball needs to bounce ‘off from’ to challenge the returner.
Perhaps two more cents:
1. Returner should not/won’t remain static. So paying attention to preferred and well performed lateral movements opens some target areas – and close others.
2. Taking the ball out of the strike zone works well with the kick into the backhand, thus a worry-free target zone *if* one gets the ball to kick up high…
I like it!
A most add in.
Please talk about the best place to serve from in relation to trying to hit those targets.
I have been looking for more “Serve with a Purpose” exercises for our drill warm-up. Thank-you !
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