Developing the Serve With Adult Players: Part 6
Adult players often don’t spend many hours on court; we demonstrate how you can provide fast improvement by working on the serve rhythm.
In Part 6, the final in our series, Developing the Serve With Adults, Richard works with Nishal whose main frustration with his serve is poor consistency. Nishal plays a couple of times a month so corrections that need a lot of practise are impractical.
Richard demonstrates how to a few key changes, including working on the the serve “rhythm” can provide fast improvement for a player who doesn’t spend many hours on court.
Techniques introduced in Part 2 and used in this clip
- To get a nice secure starting position, ensure the players alignment is solid. Make sure the following are all in line:
- Then make sure the racket points to the target.
- Stretch the contact point up higher is to ensure the ball tossing arm is straight and stretching up.
- Count through the serve – 1, 2, 3 – to build rhythm and tempo. Keep the count smooth with no glitches.
- Finding a key word (like “no glitches“) can help players to master a technique.
Key Take-aways for Coaches
- For players who don’t play often it’s important to prioritise corrections based on what can be achieved quickly and don’t need a lot of practise to correct. Often that means securing some of the basic technique rather than trying to change the grip.
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