How to Accelerate The Serve for Maximum Power | Tennis Serve Lesson
How to Accelerate The Serve for Maximum Power | Tennis Serve Lesson


Without acceleration, you are left with a
weak and ineffective serve. This is true for the flat, the slice, and the kick serve.
In fact, the serves are the fastest strokes in tennis easily reaching over a
hundred miles an hour and if we compare that to a ground stroke it is very
difficult to reach that same speed. The acceleration on the serve should be
gradual. Now there are some servers who have more of an abrupt faster rhythm and
that works for some players but the majority of the best servers of all time
have a gradual acceleration that goes from slow to fast. And what I mean by
gradual acceleration is that it simply takes a while for the serve to
accelerate. So most players will bounce the ball inside the court and
then they will initiate some kind of a rocking motion, this is different from
player to player, and then we will start syncing the toss arm with the hitting arm.
We’re going to toss the ball and we’re also going to take the racket back. And
now as the racket goes up into the trophy position we will also get our
body in the proper position so we can execute all the multitude of power
sources and get the maximum acceleration once we initiate the racket drop. Once the racket drop is initiated the
amount of time it takes to get from the racket drop into the contact is so short
and the acceleration is so fast that this is impossible to see with the naked
eye. And certain technical elements that are
occurring in this area from the racket drop into the contact, such as the
pronation into the contact are being performed as such a speed that it’s
impossible for us to be conscious of these actions. And the timespan that continuing
pronation occurs in shortly after contact is even shorter which makes it
absolutely humanly impossible to this action consciously. So what this means for you as a recreational
player that you must learn the fundamentals of the serve and you will be
able to accelerate the serve to tremendous speeds. You will then be able
to accelerate the serve so fast that this area from the racket drop into the
contact and shortly after contact is gonna be over so fast in a blink of
the eye you will not even know what happened. And if your serve was accelerated
correctly all the technical elements inside this area are going to be there.
So, for example, the pronation into the contact will be there without you being
conscious of it and the same goes for continuing pronation. If you try to
practice continuing pronation mechanically at a conscious level you
will either have to hit your serve extremely slow and you don’t want to do
that you want to accelerate your serve as fast as possible, or if you do
accelerate your serve and then try to mechanically and consciously make
continued pronation happen you will end up with something what I call fake
pronation. And fake pronation happens to anyone who tries to consciously continue
to pronate. So even if I hit a serve if I consciously try to continue to pronate
I will do it too late and this is impossible the time correctly. You saw
the time span in which from the contact to the continuing pronation you can’t
even see it it’s happening so fast so if you try to do this consciously
mechanically you will never be able to get the timing right and you will do it
way too late after contact and it brings absolutely nothing to your serve. So
instead of working on pronation into the contact and continuing pronation work on
the real fundamentals of the serve and there are many trust me. And then once
you develop all these fundamentals you eventually will be able to accelerate
the serve properly and you will have pronation into the contact and
continuing pronation without ever being conscious of it.

16 thoughts on “How to Accelerate The Serve for Maximum Power | Tennis Serve Lesson”

  1. Intuitive Tennis says:

    The numbers on pronation into the contact and continuing pronation are slightly off, because I did not have the exact frames per second. It is actually an even shorter time span.

    Regardless of the exact time frame we can see how incredibly fast the racquet accelerates and this is something that every player needs to be aware of when practicing serves. This acceleration is indispensable when it comes to producing quality serves.
    Learn the fundamentals 💪💪

  2. ripleygordon says:

    Clever and informative tutorial Nik, thank you. Gordon

  3. roslee sulong says:

    I have been trying to practise the serve but will never have the racket drop. What should i do?

  4. Manju CS says:

    Excellent information and time statistics. Best coach in the internet tennis world. My serve is gradually improving with good pronation. But I still need to accelerate speed. One day i am sure it will work out. Thanks Guru.

  5. rharrell1 says:

    Do you feel your body is being pulled up and forward when contacting the ball. I have looked at Raonic and he seems to have this motion I guess a good analogy would be the butterfly stroke in swimming where the body is pulled up and the hands turn out.

  6. Pacer Dave says:

    My friend you have to change the title of this video. You gave no specifics on how to accelerate your serve. “Many fundamentals” What are they?

  7. Natachi Nnate says:

    Another good one Nick!

  8. Mauricio Castro says:

    Here you go once again. With a lot of knowledge and showing clearly what a good understanding plus simplicity and common sense are capable of setting the ground for real improvement. If tennis had a God, he should be thanking you with a huge smile – the size of Wimbledon’s roof. And I deeply desire this same God to punish all the fake coaches, the online click kidnappers tennis “instructors”, the tennis charlatans teachers, tennis vloggers with their hollywood B movies editing skills, all of them, the wizards of false tennis improvement (with their odd teaching objects and below amateur level games). It’s said ancient native civilizations would not take a picture because it would steal their souls, that I do not know but Im pretty certain someone watching tennis instructional videos rather than these from Nikola Skywalker will have his/her tennis soul stolen. Jokes apart there’s no better way to learn properly than this channel. I hope you fakers do read my comments and break all your racquets and cameras too!

  9. Ajamila Dasa acbsp says:

    Great presentation….. Thanks

  10. Kabir Shah says:

    Hey Nick, I think there's a psychological element atleast for me. On the second serve, I'm a little worried that fast acceleration will lead to the ball going out. Especially in a match situation.

  11. James Reid VanVoris says:

    This is another great video, as usual. Where is your video about the dominant shoulder needing to be out front on the forehand? No one else has ever done anything like that, and now I can't find it to watch it again. Thanks for all you do.

  12. jaakko says:

    Great video and info, many thanks. There seems to be various instructional videos circulated with emphasis on details of tertiary importance (at most) or practically irrelevant. Here the focus is on the only thing that matters: speed of the racquet @ contact! As one can easily see there is huge variation in serves even among the top professionals.

  13. Muyu says:

    Another great one from Intuitive Tennis. I like the creativity here to demonstrate how fast the serve motions are and how impossible to see or be aware of what's happening.

  14. Dmitry Private says:

    Hi Nikola, Very interesting analysis of the speed of the steps involved in the serve. Very!

    But, on my level of players, when an opponent serves, you can have time for a cup of coffee with a donut, then a call to your wife to find out what's for dinner, and then still have time to return the server (just kidding 🙂

    I have a question that maybe you can or cannot answer. Sorry for the question not quite related to the video.
    I go on courts a couple of times a week just to practice serve. And every time, when I start practicing – actually serving – I feel a great deal of discomfort in my wrist (of course my right hand, dominant hand). Then, after maybe 10 or 20 services, I get more comfortable and the pain goes away (for the most part). What could I be doing wrong in the beginning of the serve practice?
    (Feel free to ignore my question is this is something not appropriate to ask here).

  15. Ramy G says:

    Very well explained…

  16. ron greco says:

    Hi Nikola, watching your great videos over and over. You mention the fundamentals of the serve. Could you name them in order of importance?
    Thanks.

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