From Serena Williams's MasterClass

Mastering The Serve

Serena’s serve is legendary. Weaponize your serve as Serena teaches you the mechanics that power 128mph of pure genius.

Topics include: Clear Mind • Toss • Form • Contact Point • Pronation • Second Serve • Variety • Adding Power • Hitting Aces

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Serena’s serve is legendary. Weaponize your serve as Serena teaches you the mechanics that power 128mph of pure genius.

Topics include: Clear Mind • Toss • Form • Contact Point • Pronation • Second Serve • Variety • Adding Power • Hitting Aces

Serena Williams

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Serving is the only shot where you have complete control of, so when I take the court, and I'm about to serve, it is the only shot in tennis where everything relies on me. In that moment, you have to decide whether you're going to go for a big serve, or do I want to go for a serve to get the ball back in play and start a ground stroke? I think the serve is probably one of the hardest shots in tennis, because with the ground stroke, you can use your opponent's pace, or you can get set up, but with the serve, you have to create your own pace. You have to create everything, and it comes from you. So it takes a lot of effort to have a really good serve, and for me, to put in a really good serve. Practice is vital, I think, to getting your serve down. I remember when I was younger, my sister and I and my dad, he had this huge shopping cart of balls. And me and Venus would stand in the middle, and we would just serve the whole shopping cart. [MUSIC PLAYING] Before a serve, it's really important to clear your mind, because when you serve, you're starting your point. So you see a lot of players that bounce the ball several times, and those professional players, they're clear in their mind and think, OK, I'm going to serve this direction, and after that, I'm going to expect it to go here, so I know where to hit the next shots. I do bounce the ball five times before my first serve, two times before my second serve. I started a long time ago, and I've been doing it for as long as I can remember. [MUSIC PLAYING] I think the key to improving your serve is really going to be your toss. Getting your toss to be consistent is a great easy exercise, one of my favorites as it involves zero cardio. So what you do is you just stand in a serving position, and you toss the ball up, and you make sure it always lands in the same line as your arm. So your arm is straight as you toss it up. And repeat 50 times. That's my basic point of serving. Of course, I always make sure I try to get the toss when I connect with the ball. I try to make sure I have a good contact point with the connection, and it seems really easy to describe, but it is very difficult. If a student's having trouble on your serve, what I think is really important to visualize yourself hitting a better serve, but also really see where your toss is, because if your toss is too far to the right or to far to the left or too far in front of you, then you're going to have trouble. Incidentally, I've had some trouble recently with my serve. It was all due to the toss. Once I corrected my toss, I was able to have a much more consistent serve and a more reliable serve. To keep your serve consistent, a good way is to make sure you release the ball right as your hand comes closer to your head. So when your arm is going upwards, and your hand is closer to your head, that's when you want to release the ball. After 3...

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Serena Williams, the world's #1 ranked women's tennis player and winner of 23 Grand Slam singles titles, teaches you tennis and reveals the secrets of her game. This is as close as you can get to a private lesson with one of the world's greatest tennis players.

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4.7
Students give MasterClass an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars.

Practice and setting new personal records... I just enjoyed this class so much. Thank you Serena!

I loved every single video of this Masterclass! Serena does a great job informing players about all aspects of the game and how to execute them.

Could use more nuts and bolts and drill but otherwise loved it!

I have learned numerous ways to improve my serve, volley, groundstrokes and mental game. I liked how the classes were quite skill based and gave you slight pointers that could dramatically improve your game.

Comments

A fellow student

Even though many of the insights have been mentioned in Utube videos by others, it is very well communicated and filmed and reinforced by one of the best tennis players in the world. I am sure Serena's words of wisdom will help me.

Bom R.

Hi Serena, Could you please tell more how to do a second serve. How to spin it, top spin it,.. thank you so much. Your biggest fan.

A fellow student

Disappointed. Too general..too vague. Maybe interesting for someone who only starts with tennis but, definitely not for an advanced tennis player. Not worth $90. There is information on YouTube for free that is much more valuable.

J.S.Holmes

Some many great lessons on tennis that can be applied to life. Thank you for taking time out of your very busy life and schedule to make these lessons available to the world. You are, and remain, my Shero.

A fellow student

I've been competing for the better part of 40 years. There are so many nuggets of wisdom here! I'm currently recovering from a serious knee injury and surgery and this was just what I needed in terms of motivation to push harder in my rehab. So many moments here I watched and said "Fiona, you already know this stuff, but haven't been implementing it". Thanks so much Serena for the reminders, motivation and I am going to watch this through again when I return to competition with a notebook to share with my Coach.

Aldrin E.

And I still come back to this every once in a while. Why not, right? Learning from Serena is awesome.

A fellow student

I'm a huge fan of Serena, and enjoyed this lesson to some degree. I like how the lesson is broken up into a few segments and it's great to see her serve over and over. I think there was more mention of things (like slice serve) than actual lesson examples. At the end of the day, I found 17 minutes of more concise/helpful YouTube videos that helped my serve more.

Rod B.

Many great points made by Serena. She also showed it really is about mastering the basics and working hard. Great lessons.

Marli R.

Hello Serena, You said you used to watch Sampras serving because their opponents did not know where the balls were drop and you practice that and you do the same. This is a very good advice. I'm trying to practice that. Thanks for all your advices and share with us you passion for tennis. Al thenbest!

A fellow student

hi, Serena, Thanks for all the nice video and tips! My biggest problem with serve is I cannot hit the ball at the right height. My contact point is always lower than the ideal position, and as a result my arm is not fully extended. Is there a practice that can help me correct this?