Many players have the idea to "just get the serve in." The serve is the
only shot in the game where you have or should have complete control.
Your opponent's position, strengths, and speed might influence your
placement and type of serve, but confidence in serving consistency
should always be with you.
A player should strive for more on improving his/her serve. Being able
to place your serve as well as vary the spin can really throw an
opponent off balance.
Better players practice service placement and spins so that they can use
it both in pressure situations on big points. Being able to hit a topspin
serve to your opponent's backhand on game point can be a very big
Here are a few ideas to work on to help your serve:
- learn to hit the ball deep in the service box consistently
- be able to purposely hit to your opponent's forehand, backhand,
- learn to hit flat, slice, and topspin serves
Of course learning these items can take some time. You can always
learn a new type of serve or add a little variety to your serving
strategy. And while you are improving your serve, learn all the
advantages of different types of placement and spin. If you put some
time into working on your serve, you will probably gain some insight on
returns as well. And after all, aren't those the two shots that get the