nodot nodot
Tennis Anyone
September 1995 Article

Contact John Mills

Latest Tennis Anyone Article

Tennis Anyone Archives:
2003 - Present
1994 - 2002

Tennis Server

Do You Want To Be A Better Tennis Player?

Then Sign Up For A Free Subscription to the Tennis Server INTERACTIVE
E-mail Newsletter!

Tom Veneziano You will join 13,000 other subscribers in receiving news of updates to the Tennis Server along with monthly tennis tips from tennis pro Tom Veneziano.
Best of all, it is free!

Tennis Features Icon TENNIS FEATURES:

TENNIS ANYONE? - USPTA Pro John Mills' quick player tip.
TENNIS WARRIOR - Tom Veneziano's Tennis Warrior archive.
TURBO TENNIS - Ron Waite turbocharges your tennis game with tennis tips, strategic considerations, training and practice regimens, and mental mindsets and exercises.
WILD CARDS - Each month a guest column by a new writer.
BETWEEN THE LINES - Ray Bowers takes an analytical and sometimes controversial look at the ATP/WTA professional tour.
PRO TENNIS SHOWCASE - Tennis match reports and photography from around the world.
TENNIS SET - Jani Macari Pallis, Ph.D. looks at tennis science, engineering and technology.
MORTAL TENNIS - Greg Moran's tennis archive on how regular humans can play better tennis.
HARDSCRABBLE SCRAMBLE - USPTA pro Mike Whittington's player tip archive.

Tennis Community Icon TENNIS COMMUNITY:

Tennis Book, DVD, and Video Index
Tennis Server Match Reports
Editor's Letter
Become a Tennis Server Sponsor

Explore The Tennis Net Icon EXPLORE THE TENNIS NET:

Tennis News and Live Tennis Scores
Tennis Links on the Web
Tennis Anyone


Green Dot
Tennis Warehouse Logo
Green Dot

Tactics for a More Consistent Serve

John Mills Photo
John Mills, USPTA

Problem: Player X has a very flat first service but seldom gets it in (over hits it). Plus, he/she just pushes his/her 2nd serve over. It goes in, but is always short and weak (he/she under hits it and places his/her partner in a very defensive postion).

Cure: Realize first that the 80 miles per hour (mph) serve seldom goes in. Then realize just getting your 2nd service in will not allow you to improve.

Make an estimate of the speed of your 1st and 2nd serves. Let's say you think you hit your 1st serve around 80 mph and your second serve around 40 mph. For several weeks, while in match situations, hit both your first and second serves the same exact way, except hit them at only 3/4 the pace of your current 1st serve. (In this example, that would be 60 mph).

What you will discover right away is this -- you may not be serving any aces, but you will be getting in a higher percentage of serves (which is psychologically in your favor). Your new pace will be significantly higher than the pace of your old 2nd serve. Then, over the course of several months you will become more confident and comfortable with your new 3/4 speed serve. This will eventually become your new 2nd serve, thus giving you more confidence to hit your 1st serve like you wished (80 mph).

Note: As you become a more accomplished server, you will think about maintaining the same racquet speed on both your 1st and 2nd serve. The exception is, you will drive (hammer, hit through) your 1st serve and add more spin on your 2nd serve (hitting more of a glancing or brushing motion with slice or topspin).

Green DotGreen DotGreen Dot

Tennis Anyone Archives:
1994 - 2002 | 2003 - Present

If you have not already signed up to receive our free e-mail newsletter Tennis Server INTERACTIVE, you can sign up here. You will receive notification each month of changes at the Tennis Server and news of new columns posted on our site.

This column is copyrighted by John Mills, all rights reserved.

John Mills' experience includes four years as head pro at the Windemere Racquet & Swim Club, where he was responsible for organization of all tennis activities at the club. John also played college tennis at the University of Houston and has spent 20 years teaching tennis at the Memorial Park Tennis Center, the Pasadena Racquet Club, and as the head pro at the Bay Area Racquet Club.


Web tennisserver.com
nodot nodot
The Tennis Server
Ticket Exchange

Your Source for tickets to professional tennis & golf events.
SAI Team Tennis Tournament Tickets
Dallas Open Tickets
Delray Beach Open Tickets
ATX Open Tickets
BNP Paribas Open Tickets
Miami Open Tickets
Credit One Charleston Open Tickets
US Men's Clay Court Championships Tickets
Wimbledon Tickets
Infosys Hall of Fame Open Tickets
Atlanta Open Tickets
Mubadala Citi Open Tennis Tournament Tickets
National Bank Open Women's Tennis Canada Tickets
National Bank Open Men's Tennis Canada Tickets
Western & Southern Open Tickets
Winston-Salem Open Tickets
US Open Tennis Championship Tickets


Popular Tennis books:
Winning Ugly: Mental Warfare in Tennis-Lessons from a Master by Brad Gilbert, Steve Jamison
The Best Tennis of Your Life: 50 Mental Strategies for Fearless Performance by Jeff Greenwald
The Inner Game of Tennis by W. Timothy Gallwey
Most Recent Articles:
October 2022 Tennis Anyone: Patterns in Doubles by John Mills.
September 2022 Tennis Anyone: Short Court by John Mills.




"Tennis Server" is a registered trademark and "Tennis Server INTERACTIVE" is a trademark of Tennis Server. All original material and graphics on the Tennis Server are copyrighted 1994 - by Tennis Server and its sponsors and contributors. Please do not reproduce without permission.

The Tennis Server receives a commission on all items sold through links to Amazon.com.


Tennis Server
Cliff Kurtzman
791 Price Street #144
Pismo Beach, CA 93449
Phone: (281) 480-6300
Online Contact Form
How to support Tennis Server as a Sponsor/Advertiser
Tennis Server Privacy Policy