Sashka’s performance in Santa Croce showed us many of her weaknesses. Besides of mental issues – this is probably the most complicated thing, as it is far more than tennis & includes the consequences of her “common life” difficulties – one of the biggest problems is her service.
Bad thing is that service is “a separate science of tennis”. This shot is a non-typical technical element comparing to other tennis technics as main action happens (mostly) vertically – not horizontally like in case of forehand & backhand.
Good thing that you do not need a hitting partner to practice your serve. It is only a matter of your REAL devotion to make a progress as a player.
Even if you do not have an experienced coach nearby (who will teach you how to make the serve better), there is a solution just a click away: you can find a lot of really useful video on Youtube on the matter. This is exactly what Sashka & me decided to do. Why ask a local pro if we can use a wisdom of the Web, completely for free?
We started from the diagnosis: as for the first serve, we both disliked a) percentage b) power. If your first serve reaches a target less than 50% of time, and it does not have enough speed, you basically out of game, even if you are a junior girl. But how to improve it – go to a gym to raise your muscles & hit harder? Spending hours with a rope to jump higher?
This is the video which seems to be very interesting on the matter:
It explains how many tennis players serve powerful NOT having big muscles.
Sashka demonstrated a significant progress on the first serve – as soon as after two practices based on this guy video instructions! We will see further how it is going on & share it with you.
“You are as good as your second serve” – the 100-times-true for female tennis! Girls do not have boy’s “embedded power & speed”, they usually can’t spin the ball on their inner-feelings… But we can teach our girl how to spin (kick) the serve?
So we browsed the net for the best video tutorials on “how to make a good kick serve”.
The very first was Tom Avery with this video:
Believe me or not, but Sashka, who is a National Champion U16 and was ranked among Top-50 European players U14, was not able to roll a ball up & out of her hand (see the exercise in the very beginning of this video).
Now she can do it :).
Then, the second one – from Total Tennis Domination:
The last one is “less words – more action” video from the guy who is really good in his own kick serve:
Though this video had been recorded more than 8 years ago (Internet is so old :)!), it still looks fine.
Is it possible to improve your serve using Youtube tutorials as a primary source of information? We will see it very soon. Sashka is going to play Summer National Championships U16 next weekend, and then 3 tournaments in Germany (June-July 2017).