Serving In Matches
Set your own tempo and rhythm.
You need to always serve at your own tempo and pace.
Never allow your opponent to dictate the tempo on your service games.
Start your motion on your own terms.
Never start serving until you have mentally recovered from the last point.
If you feel any carryover effect.
Step away from the baseline and breathe deeply for 3 times and start your pre-serve routine again.
This will help you set and maintain a good rhythm for your service games.
Never rush through your motion.
This is a very important point when serving.
You should never feel like you are rushing before or during your service motion.
Your body needs to be relaxed and your mind should be picturing one fluid service motion.
Again, if you are feeling nervous at any time before you start your service motion.
Step away from the line and repeat the above suggestions I just gave YOU.
Then start your pre-service routine over again.
At the junior level.
I see many players rushing through their service motion whenever they are feeling the pressure from the moment.
The reality is this.
“All they need to do is use their breath as their anchor and breathe that stress away and then mentally restart over again”.
Okay, you are good to go, my friend.
Just get more reps in during practice.
You should also watch more videos too.
Practice your serve before, during and after practice for 2 months.
Then implement these tips as you are doing it.
Make sure that you are using these tips while your body is relaxed and you are in flow with your play.
I can tell you this about developing a solid service game.
The more reps you get in during practice, the faster you will develop a great serve.
The repetitions create the mechanics and that gives you confidence in matches to trust in your motion and your training.
“You are only as good as your second serve is under pressure”.
I was told this by my high school coach and I have never forgotten it.