Developing the serve

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Presenter: Jeff Salzenstein

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In this episode, USPTA Professional and former top 100 ATP player Jeff Salzenstein will help you develop the serve as he breaks it down and offers tips that will improve your technique. A good serve has many components to it, and Jeff breaks down the most important parts like the trophy position and contact point and uses drills like Continuous Serve and Elbow the Enemy to show you the little things you can do to add more consistency and power to this all-important shot.

56 Responses to Developing the serve

  1. Anthony DeRitis March 11, 2016 at 2:34 pm #

    The comments about relaxing the service grip and how to use that for practice, and points for developing the topspin serve are very good.

    • Margaret Farris July 27, 2016 at 10:30 am #

      Love the video, and instruction on the finish through with the serve.
      Thank you

  2. Michael Friedman March 28, 2016 at 3:18 pm #

    this was great thank you Michael 11704

  3. Chandra Rajakar April 18, 2016 at 12:08 pm #

    It was really great and it has some nice tips. Thanks. Chandra .Rajakar.

  4. Wesley Bell April 18, 2016 at 2:06 pm #

    Great tips! Thanks!

  5. Bill Ramsay April 29, 2016 at 12:49 pm #

    Awesome!!!!

  6. Norman Mauz May 4, 2016 at 1:28 pm #

    Nice breakdown and explanation.

  7. Rachel Whelton May 17, 2016 at 8:27 pm #

    My favorite tip in this video was “elbow the enemy.” That is a wonderful explanation and easy way to feel the structure and rotation of the serve. Thank you.

  8. Lane Evans May 19, 2016 at 12:47 pm #

    Nice work Jeff. Lot’s of great tips here.

  9. Frank Cosentino May 26, 2016 at 12:09 pm #

    learned a lot for my students

  10. Peter Moodie May 29, 2016 at 9:29 am #

    very good breakdown of the components of serve.

  11. Audrey Swift June 15, 2016 at 4:05 pm #

    I really liked the “elbow your enemy”, I think it would definitely help my students! Thank you!

  12. Thomas Harker June 17, 2016 at 3:50 pm #

    A number of good tips that I plan on adding to my service lessons.

  13. Neil Sehgal June 28, 2016 at 7:14 pm #

    Great Tips; Many Thanks Again, neil

  14. John Panizzo July 3, 2016 at 7:48 pm #

    This was an excellent video on serving. The breakdown was very good and easy to follow.

  15. Jason Broussard July 15, 2016 at 9:57 pm #

    A tidy progressive lesson. Thanks.

  16. Gilbert Duran July 21, 2016 at 12:17 pm #

    Like the free flow of the racquet not stoping, don’t stop the momentum

  17. Mark Basham August 20, 2016 at 1:09 pm #

    Very insightful and helpful tips on all the necessary ingredients of the serve . I am very glad I took the time to watch the video .

  18. Jason Schwartz October 1, 2016 at 11:11 pm #

    Great tips! I also liked the elbow the enemy and pronanting the wrist on the follow through. WIll include those in my lessons

  19. Gerald Del Valle October 3, 2016 at 4:25 pm #

    Very insightful

  20. Greg Llewellyn October 6, 2016 at 3:03 pm #

    Extremely well articulated tips. Creates an easier path to visualize the points. Great use of phrasing to keep points simple and easy to follow.

  21. Tricia Diebner October 8, 2016 at 5:55 pm #

    Great tips and drills to apply

  22. Mike Larscheid October 13, 2016 at 10:34 am #

    thanks for the videos

  23. Chris Galle October 20, 2016 at 8:05 am #

    Loved the video. Great points. I will be using these tips with all of my clients. Thank you.

  24. Daniel Pitz November 2, 2016 at 11:24 am #

    Great tips! I will use this for my high school team.

  25. Dennis Aran November 2, 2016 at 6:44 pm #

    Wonderful Instructional Video, Thanks

  26. Keely Alexander November 3, 2016 at 11:46 am #

    I learned a lot that will most importantly help my students.

  27. Naveen Das November 8, 2016 at 7:02 pm #

    very helpful!

  28. Jonathan Lockeretz November 9, 2016 at 11:41 am #

    great tips

  29. Brian Brooks November 15, 2016 at 8:51 am #

    I picked up some great tips, thank you!

  30. Joe Canada November 18, 2016 at 7:38 pm #

    Great tips. Will be trying out some of them tomorrow. Thanks for sharing.

  31. Joe Sivley November 24, 2016 at 3:45 pm #

    Very well done video Jeff! The foot positioning on the platform stance and contact point above the shoulder were excellent points in the video. Thank you. Joe Sivley

  32. Anne Cook November 29, 2016 at 12:51 pm #

    Jeff is a concise and positive teacher. He gave an excellent progression for the serve from stance to finish. I especially liked the explanation of the Platform Stance benefits and the “Elbow the Enemy” drill. I have always had issues with my elbow being in the wrong position!

  33. Keith Axelrod November 30, 2016 at 6:33 pm #

    some good tips!!

  34. Waseem Noor December 3, 2016 at 4:20 pm #

    Great Video and Tips!

  35. Jeffrey Daly December 7, 2016 at 4:38 pm #

    nice

  36. Tom Salmon December 8, 2016 at 10:16 am #

    Jeff’s comments were easy to understand and to the point. I really enjoyed the break down.

  37. Alan Stanley December 9, 2016 at 10:41 am #

    Nice serves! Nice footwork n hand swing!

  38. Damian Mooney December 20, 2016 at 6:37 pm #

    Very simple to follow and incorporate. They say the devil is in the details. Great to watch.

  39. Ronald Perry December 26, 2016 at 4:10 pm #

    Very informative information!

  40. Dirk Nyren December 27, 2016 at 7:51 am #

    Great tips Jeff!

  41. Jose Cubillos December 27, 2016 at 8:07 am #

    Great step by step video with many references and tips for developing a powerful modern serve. Thanks.

  42. Otis Johnson December 27, 2016 at 8:36 am #

    I can use these great tips for myself and pass them on to my students. Thanks Jeff and USPTA!

  43. Brian Galle December 27, 2016 at 2:57 pm #

    Thank you Jeff/USPTA. Great tips on the finish as so many players slow down well before that point.

  44. Kim Hutchinson December 27, 2016 at 3:10 pm #

    Excellent video.

  45. Stephen Queenan December 29, 2016 at 9:17 am #

    Love the breaddowns and progressions

  46. Evan Vrsaljko December 29, 2016 at 2:34 pm #

    Great tips,and drills, Jeff !

  47. Francisco Flores December 30, 2016 at 9:05 am #

    Breakdown is very simple and this video focuses on the key elements of having a great serve

  48. Raul Chacon January 5, 2017 at 8:03 pm #

    Great video! great information.

  49. Jason Cho January 15, 2017 at 9:26 am #

    great video

  50. Mike Haller January 20, 2017 at 1:19 pm #

    Thumbs up on the Continuous Motion part. Best part!

  51. Omar Lopez February 19, 2017 at 8:46 pm #

    Awesome tips! Jeff did a great job of taking apart the serving motion to explain how each component leads to the next one to produce an efficient and effective serve. I’ll be using these techniques in my teaching. Thanks, Jeff!

  52. Laura Waldon March 1, 2017 at 5:21 pm #

    Many great tips, but I really like the shorten finish and strings open. Will try this with some of my students that have a hard time pronating. Thanks!

  53. Mark Robbins April 7, 2017 at 11:08 pm #

    Really enjoyed the video and tips!

  54. Mary Monteiro April 10, 2017 at 8:36 pm #

    Great Video! I really like teaching the serve and any tip with the service motion is helpful. I really like the toss being positioned over the right shoulder for right-handed players, this is key for top…Thx

  55. Matthew Walker June 17, 2017 at 6:47 pm #

    Thanks Jeff. Great job.

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