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Lesson time 17:16 min
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
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...
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.
I was really inspired by how Serena puts a lot of focus on perfecting her game than over-analyzing the opponent. I've learned how humble and gentle a person she can be off court, yet be the most focused power-player on court. I was surprised to know she cut out red meat completely; I am also going to try this to increase my energy level throughout the day. Thank you Serena, thank you Masterclass!
The class has helped me understand how to work on different areas of the game as well as give insights like tips and tricks to help improve my game of tennis.
I think Serena reinforced in my mind that improving in tennis is a matter of hard work and focus. There are no shortcuts. It still comes down to the basic principles that we have all been taught, but those who have the right goals, commitment and work ethic will be successful.
I applied Serena’s advice on the court. It might not have made me instantly better, but I had a mission and confident to try something new.