The three types of serving action. A Video from Modern Tennis International


This is the third in a series of posts I have written featuring great videos from Modern Tennis International to help you with your tennis – whether you’re a junior, senior, beginner or expert!

Watch the first video here

Watch the second video here

This is a GREAT video on the serve. Andy shows you the different types of serve action, but makes the point that it doesn’t really matter what action you use, as long as you get to the correct position – it’ll make more sense when you see it!

On a personal note, this really helped me in a match the other day. I was having big problems with the timing on my serve, which happens to me from time to time. I couldn’t seem to correct it. So I decided to switch to an abbreviated action (shown in the video).

The improvement was amazing and immediate – I couldn’t have served any better. All timing issues were dealt with.

Now this isn’t to say that the abbreviated action is the best, or that you should use it – but knowing these types of action and trying them out might just transform your game.

Enjoy the video, comment below – and if you’d like to work on anything you see here, book a tennis lesson with one of the Oxshott coaches.

3 Responses to “The three types of serving action. A Video from Modern Tennis International”

  1. Kim Joseph Says:

    Very informative videos..I’ll have to try and put it in to practice, next time I’m on court

  2. Karl Says:

    Glad you found them useful Kim. Let me know how it goes.

  3. Larry Says:

    Hello,
    I found this video really helpful in finally clearing up the key differences between these types of serve actions (especially on the timings for the arms), thanks! I’ve got a couple of questions on the video:
    – How does the use of platform or pin-point relate to the 3 serving actions? Is the timing for the back-foot movement in the pin-point exactly the same for each type of serving action?
    – in terms of how the body is lined up, it seems players often have their shoulders & back turned a bit to face the net (Sampras-style) as they move into trophy position – is this achieved by turning the shoulders beyond the plane of the hips at any stage (like in a ground-stroke) or is the angle of the shoulders always in line with the hips and any variation towards the net determined by the position of your feet (mainly the right foot)?
    -Is the count to five for all serve types or only the see-saw?
    Many thanks! Larry

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