One of the desirable components of tennis is a powerful serve which is in the arsenal of a tennis player. In the present tennis world, greatest female tennis player Serena Williams has come up with a superior serve that she demonstrates in almost every game. You cannot exactly duplicate her serve but learning some of her tricks will help you develop a superior serve. Here are tips to help you serve like famous female tennis player Serena Williams:
1) Toss the ball pointing upwards with open fingers. Tossing a ball with hands spread like an open flower is one technique that not every player uses. This also helps you keep the ball out of alignment and release the ball into air straight up.
2) To harness power from your legs, bend your knees and add that power to your serve. Keep your focus on the ball as you reach up before hitting it. By the use of the deep knee bend, Serena thrusts herself upwards in order to deliver the powerful serve.
3) Serena uses only her upper body to practice serve. This has given her a fast arm as well, which allows her to throw a serve of 90 miles per hour. You can practice the upper body part session by asking someone else to toss the ball for you.
4) While serving, hold the racket with loose wrist. Use only your index finger and thumb to hold the racket as it will tell you how much tension you will need in order to serve.
5) Be confident and study the game of tennis players you admire.
The top tennis players are judged from their tennis serves. A strong and controlled serve could win a match for tennis players. As serve in tennis is the starting point of game, so excelling in serving a tennis ball is like building a base for a long-lasting and successful career. Serving a ball in tennis takes a few lessons, time, and months upon months of practice. For excelling in advanced serves, you need to have a grip on crucial basic serve. The basic tennis serve is played by following few steps:
1) Stand behind the baseline of the court and hold racket in your dominant hand with a basic or continental serve grip. Position yourself to the right or left side of the central mark on the court baseline and turn slightly sideways to net.
2) Now take the ball in your non-dominant hand and toss it in the air. The ball should be tossed high enough in the air so that when you use your racket to make contact with the ball, you arm is fully stretched in the air. Keep this momentum and hit your racket through the ball. Let your arm follow naturally into the downward movement.
3) In case your first attempt fails and hits into the net or goes into the incorrect service box, try another serve till you correctly locate it. You must keep in mind that your foot should not touch or step over the baseline prior to ball contact.
And keep practising. Without practice, you wouldn’t be able to have a winning serve.
A volley is a shot which is played in tennis before the ball actually bounces on the ground. The volley is mostly played when the player is closer to net but there are instances when the volley is executed from a distance as well. The volley is sometimes executed near the baseline or even in the middle of tennis court. The main purpose of a volley in tennis is to go offensive on the player and cut the reaction time of the opponent. The opponent will have much less time to respond and chase the ball in volley. Playing volley is not that difficult. All you need is control and practice. Here are the instructions to play volley in tennis:
1) To play a volley, position yourself from the net about three feet. Keep your feet shoulder-width apart.
2) Hold your racket with a continental grip. Keep your head pointing up and racket in front of you. You must make sure that the bottom of the handle is even with your belly button. Use your non-dominant hand’s fingers to lightly hold the top portion of the racket. Bend your knees slightly to put some strain on your thighs.
3) Now move your left foot (or right in case you are left-handed) towards the ball as the ball probably would be hitting towards you above the waist level. Now turn your shoulder slightly to the right (left) till you bring your racket back even with your right (left) shoulder. Keep this motion smooth.
4) Use your racket in a forward motion to meet the ball by using a quick punch. Keep your head vertical and make the racket contact the ball with your right/left shoulder. Now move your racket hand slightly so that the ball faces your palm upon the contact.
5) Follow through with your swing. You should know that the follow through for a volley is shorter compared to the regular ground stroke. Your racket should be in control and not pass the front of your body.
One of the most popular sports in the entire world is tennis. It is full of excitement which never ceases until the last point is played and won. The best thing about tennis is the fact that it provides an intense work-out session for the players, apart from being exciting. There are a couple of ways in which you can play the game. You can play tennis with a single opponent or you can play the game with a partner and two players for the opposite team.
There are rules for tennis which everyone can understand because of its simplicity. Basically, you can win a game of tennis in two, three or five sets. Generally the ladies’ tennis matches have a best of three sets while their male counterparts have a best of five sets. Each player plays a tennis serve alternately for a game. He/she must try to finish the set by reaching the game tally of six by having a margin of 2 or more games to his/her credit. If both the players reach the mark of six, then the result of the set is decided by a tie-breaker in which both the players serve alternately for every two points.
From simple set win to final set tie-breaker, tennis takes the audiences to different levels of excitement, thrill and joy.