Smart Serve Targets in Tennis


In this video, Master Professional Jorge Capestany and certified Tennis Pro Adam Ford talk about how to use smart targets when serving.

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  • Date August 20, 2018
  • Tags Serve

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  1. Miguel and Kris Fernandez
    March 13, 2020 at 1:58 pm · Reply

    Hi Jorge and Adam,
    Great lesson on entrance and exit targets. Kris and I have already started practicing this drill since last weekend’s clinic in Palm Springs and it really works.. You both have a great gift in how you impart your deep knowledge of the game and make your pupils think strategy in a way no other coaches teach.
    Keep up the great work.. You guys are AWESOME!!!

    • Jorge Capestany
      March 30, 2020 at 3:05 pm · Reply

      Thanks cousin. stay safe out there!!

  2. John
    December 27, 2019 at 6:33 pm · Reply

    good job Jorge & Adam.

    • Jorge Capestany
      January 1, 2020 at 6:26 pm · Reply

      Thanks John

  3. Dottie Wiencek
    August 22, 2019 at 12:17 am · Reply

    I love the idea and have been trying to serve wide but can’t get the technique down yet, UI hope to earn because it is so effective.

  4. David Smith
    August 14, 2019 at 9:06 pm · Reply

    Excellent serve strategy video ,Back to basics with some great advice too . Many thanks Jorge and good luck to Coach Adam. Dave Smith Belfast ,

    • Jorge Capestany
      August 16, 2019 at 1:38 pm · Reply

      Thanks Dave

  5. Mike
    August 26, 2018 at 10:17 am · Reply

    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.

    • Milton Parker
      August 14, 2019 at 2:07 pm · Reply

      I think this idea is great. I have used cones and strips to place my serves. The biggest problem is to effectively find that toss position plus contact point to hit that target.

      • Jorge Capestany
        August 14, 2019 at 3:40 pm · Reply

        Glad you like it Milton

  6. Anibal Nunez. PTR Coach
    August 22, 2018 at 5:22 pm · Reply

    The beuty of simplicity.
    Super easy to understand at any level.

  7. Hristo
    August 22, 2018 at 6:33 am · Reply

    Very interesting and helpful! I’ll try it today! Thank you, dear Jorge and Adam!

    • Jorge Capestany
      August 22, 2018 at 4:46 pm · Reply

      You’re welcome Hristo

  8. jude
    August 22, 2018 at 2:13 am · Reply

    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

  9. Jeff Foutty
    August 21, 2018 at 11:57 pm · Reply

    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!

  10. Name (required)
    August 21, 2018 at 9:07 pm · Reply

    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.

    • Jorge Capestany
      August 22, 2018 at 4:47 pm · Reply

      I like that too…

  11. Bob
    August 21, 2018 at 7:57 pm · Reply

    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?

    • Jorge Capestany
      August 22, 2018 at 4:48 pm · Reply

      Bob, that is correct… They also need to land the ball shorter in the court to maximize the possible angle.

  12. peter
    August 21, 2018 at 7:37 pm · Reply

    Very good idea and concept!

  13. julie Dybendahl
    August 21, 2018 at 7:26 pm · Reply

    Where can I get the lit up green targets?

    • Jorge Capestany
      August 22, 2018 at 4:48 pm · Reply

      We do all that in post… editing

  14. Dottie Wiencek
    August 21, 2018 at 7:24 pm · Reply

    I like the target for out wide. I have a decent serve but need to practice more precision.

  15. jai'
    August 21, 2018 at 5:45 pm · Reply

    Very well done coach…

  16. jerry
    August 21, 2018 at 3:13 pm · Reply

    That’s a great way to think about serving! Love it!

  17. Heiko
    August 21, 2018 at 3:09 pm · Reply

    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…

  18. Coach Stretch
    August 21, 2018 at 2:56 pm · Reply

    I like it!
    A most add in.

  19. Rick Ninko
    August 21, 2018 at 2:21 pm · Reply

    Please talk about the best place to serve from in relation to trying to hit those targets.

    • Coach Stretch
      March 13, 2020 at 2:05 pm · Reply

      Nice, I teach this a lot at the club

      • Jorge Capestany
        March 30, 2020 at 3:05 pm · Reply

        Thanks and good luck using it.

  20. John Irvin
    August 21, 2018 at 1:15 pm · Reply

    I have been looking for more “Serve with a Purpose” exercises for our drill warm-up. Thank-you !

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