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Tennis Serve Cheat How to Add Speed | Even If Beginner (Top Speed Tennis)

Hi guys, welcome back to Top Speed Tennis,
I’m Clay Ballard, and I’ve got a question for you, a very good question. How would you like to have a cheat that you
can go and improve your serve speed today? Not a week from now, not a month from now,
not a year from now, but actually get to where you’re serving faster by the end of the
day. That’s exactly what I have for you in this video. I have a cheat that’s going to allow you
to use something that you already know how to do, apply it to your tennis serve, and
work through four drills. Now it’s going to take a little bit of time,
it may take you an hour, hour and a half to get through these drills and be really diligent
with them. But when you’re done with these drills,
you should be able to take it out to the court, start serving faster right away. For you beginning players that are kind of
pushing the ball over, or for you more advanced players that are really struggling with your
speed, by the end of the day do these drills and you should pick up some good miles per
hour. So, I’m excited to share it with you, let’s
go ahead and get started. All right, so this video is going to apply
to all players, even if you’re a beginner I’m going to show you a great way to boost
that serve immediately, and even if you’ve been playing for 30 years, and you just don’t
have the service speed you want, these drills are really going to help to boost that up. Now the reason it’s called a cheat is because
we’re going to incorporate a motion that you already know how to do into the tennis
serve. So when I very first see a lot of beginning
players, or really all beginning players as they first start to serve, they really just
toss the ball up and try to hit the ball, or push the racket through the ball into the
other side of the court. Now that’s pretty good for accuracy, you
can usually get the ball into the court for doing that, but the problem is you can’t
really get a lot of speed, and you can’t get much topspin on the ball to really pull
it down into the court when you start serving a lot harder. That’s why you’ll only be able to serve
a certain speed before you just won’t be able to make any, or you won’t be able to
swing any harder. The first key to this, the first thing we
need to change is when we’re tossing the ball up and thinking about pushing through
it, we’re really not having the right idea of what we need to do with the serve. The serve instead of a pushing motion with
the racket is a throwing motion with the racket, we’re tossing the ball up and we’re throwing
the racket up toward contact. That’s how you should properly hit a server
to get a lot of speed, that’s what you’re going to see with all your top pros. So let’s lose the racket for a second, and
let’s incorporate that throwing motion with a couple of drills, then we’ll add the racket
back and it will be a lot easier. So the first thing you’ll notice there,
is I toss the ball up in the incorrect motion. If my shoulders were level, and I just tried
to push the ball into the opposite side of the court, so try that out, and if you’re
throwing the ball forward an your shoulders are level, or you’re throwing the ball up
toward the ball in the sky, and your shoulders are level, it’s going to be very, very difficult. What we want to do, is as we toss the ball
into the air, I’m going to have some tilt in my shoulders. So if I’m going this direction, my lead
arm is going to toss the ball up in the air, and my shoulders as I’m loading up are going
to be tilted. So you can see my right shoulder is significantly
below my left shoulder. Now I’m in a position where I can throw
the racket or a ball up toward the ball in the air, and that’s really the overall idea
of what the stroke is, or what the serve is. So for your first drill, I simply want you
to simulate throwing a ball up, get these shoulders really tilted, and now you’re
going to throw a ball up into the air and into the opposing side of the court. So I got that ball maybe 50 feet up in the
air, felt like I had pretty good power doing that. The second piece to this that really has power
is rotation. I’ve got to load up the chest to be able to unwind the chest and get some
speed. For this, we’ll grab a couple more balls
and I want you to test. I’m always about testing everything and kind of proving why
this works. Keep your chest pointing toward the opposing
side of the court, and I want you to throw a ball and you’ll realize, “Man, I just
can’t get any speed on that.” Now go ahead rotate your shoulders back to
where they’re facing away from the direction you’re going to throw, and now you can throw
a much, much harder, you can throw as hard as you want to, you feel like you get your
full speed. We need that same rotation in the throwing
motion of the serve. So now we’re going to add the piece number
one, tilting the shoulders with piece number two, rotating the chest, now my chest is back
about 45 degrees as I load up, and now I can throw the ball up in the air. I got that one maybe 75 feet in the air, landed
in the opposing side of the court. Go ahead and try this out, if you don’t,
if you’re not on the courts, you don’t have some tennis balls you can throw in your
backyard, just try out doing shadow strokes in your living room. Get those two pieces down, do at least 25
reps of each of them, and then come back here and let’s follow it up with the second two
pieces. I promise you, you’ll be thankful if you
actually go through the drills for this. All right, so now that we’ve done the first
two drills it’s time to add the second two drills, and that’s what’s really going
to take it over the top, really get you a lot of speed. As we’re getting into the trophy pose, so
the trophy pose is basically when your racket tip is up and your arm is up. This is when your body, or your legs, are
going to be fully bent, fully loaded. So my legs should be bent about 90° as this
is happening. So as I’m loading up, my legs, my knees, are going to be bent about 90°
as I’m in my trophy pose. This is also the position I’m in before
I’m throwing forward. Now what I want you to do to really boost
up that speed, is I want you to actually jump in the air as you’re throwing the ball upward,
that’s going to ramp it up and give you those extra few miles per hour. It’s going to look something like this.
We’ll go really slow first off, lead arm and shoulders tilting, so my lead arm is up,
my right shoulder is a little bit down, shoulders are tilted. Number two, I’m turning away from the target,
so now my shoulders are back, and number three, as I’m in this position, my legs are loaded
up. Now as I throw, I could really get a lot of
speed. That one actually went, hit the back fence
again, and I can really boost that speed because as my body’s firing upward, I’m throwing
the racket at the same time, and that’s going to get me a lot of speed. I really feel like I can launch the racket
upward as I’m doing this. Go ahead and do another 25 repetitions of that. If you don’t have a ball, completely fine,
just get comfortable with it in your living room actually making that motion, using the
lower body with the upper body to accelerate the speed of your racket. Now finally, this is the real key, this is
where you’re going to take it over the top, is what’s called the snap. So as I’m coming through, as my body’s
going upward, as I begin to throw my arm, my racket is going to be dropping down like
this. Then I’m going to snap the racket through,
so what’s going to happen is my racket is going to go from this position up through
contact, and then all the way down through contact, and it’s going to snap past my
hand. So I want you to go ahead and try it in a
couple of different ways. Number one, let’s do it down toward the
ground first. So I want you to feel like you’re using a hammer here, you’re going to have
the butt end of the hammer going down, and as it snaps this will be contact, you’re
letting it rotate around to your side. So here it’s lagging, this would be the
upward throwing motion, snapping, and you’re just going to let the racket come on through. Go ahead and do this, you know, another 25-30
times, until you really feel that snap of the racket. Once you’ve done that, now we’re just
going to redirect that again, just like we’re throwing up toward the ball, and I’m going
to let the racket lag behind, snap, square, and then all the way on through. Go ahead and try this, a good 25 times, just
nice and easy, finishing by your left side. Nice and easy. Once you’ve felt that snap, now go ahead
and put all four pieces together. Tilting the shoulders, loading the chest,
jumping, getting the racket to snap, and when you put these four together, you’re going
to be able to get a lot of speed and a lot of snap through contact. That’s going to take you to a whole other
level from just trying to push the racket forward, or even you already develop pretty
good fundamentals, this is really going to amp up your speed. So work on these individual drills, break
these down into 25 pieces separately. Put them all together, do a good, you know,
really until it starts to feel comfortable. 25 to 100 repetitions, and then you can go
ahead, take out some balls on the court, get you a ball hopper, another 100 repetitions
there, and I will guarantee you, if you work on this, give it time, do the drills, do the
reps, and your serve speed will absolutely start to jump upwards. So good luck to you guys, work hard, and I’ll
see you soon. Hi guys, so I hope you all really enjoyed
this video. If you did, I have another series that you’re going to like even more, it’s
called the Power Serve Series. It’s five videos that are absolutely free
of charge that are going to really help you to build on what you learned here today. All you have to do is click the link that
pops up in your screen, as I play a preview from one of those videos, or down below in
the description if you’re joining us on a mobile device. So good luck to you guys, I’ll see you in
the Power Serve Series. If you have any questions, post them in the
comments below and remember to subscribe to this channel that way when we put out new
videos, you’ll be the very first one to be notified. Good luck, I’ll see you in the series. Hi guys, I’m Clay Ballard with Top Speed
Tennis, and today we’re going to talk about how you can get more pronation in your serve
to help bump your speed and do it with very little effort. This is one video out of our entire Power
Serve Series, and I’m going to break down pronation into three simple moves that you
can incorporate into your own game. Let’s go ahead and get started. OK, so the
first thing we need to understand is when we’re talking about pronation, how does
this add speed to our serve? When I see many beginner tennis players, when
they were very first starting to play tennis, a lot of times what they’ll want to do when
they’re hitting their serve is keep the strings facing the opposing, this side of
the court. So just imagine you’re my opponent, I’m
hitting a serve towards you, and I’m trying to keep my strings facing you the entire time. When in reality, we want these strings to
snap as we’re coming through to help increase that speed, and that’s what pronation is.
As we’re getting…

David Frank



  1. Rohit COT Posted on May 24, 2015 at 7:26 pm

    thank you for this video

  2. aca99da Posted on May 24, 2015 at 10:32 pm

    Fantastic video, I look forward to trying it out on the court tomorrow!

  3. SniperJAG09 Posted on May 25, 2015 at 4:42 am

    Graet video, cant wait to try!

  4. Ian Cortez Posted on May 25, 2015 at 2:26 pm

    Clay, this i Ian again thanks for your reply last time. And im back for more questions. I actually hit a forehand with incredible top spin and it usually lands half court. I cant make it reach to the baseline. I know i hit pretty damn hard but it doesnt seem to reach. Do i need to lessen the topsin or do I just lack drive for the shot? Thanks!

  5. John Mitchelson Posted on May 26, 2015 at 7:46 pm

    can you do another video just with the snapping of racquet? i can't do that one properly. Also could you try a different filming angle?

  6. yankytennis Posted on May 28, 2015 at 10:30 am

    Just awesome

  7. Mio Hansen Posted on May 29, 2015 at 8:05 am

    Nice video,
    Clay πŸ˜‰

  8. ProjectDo Posted on June 1, 2015 at 12:11 am

    I would like to know how are your youtube videos different from the videos you show on your website for paying members? Some of these videos have really helped me so I would like to know what extra features would I be getting from becoming a member. Are the videos longer… more complex..? Thanks.

  9. TNToncourt Posted on June 1, 2015 at 12:39 pm

    Another nice vid.Thanks

  10. Stephan M Posted on June 7, 2015 at 3:53 am

    OK, first of all this is my first time ever posting a comment. But I have to say, CLAY you are a PHENOMENAL instructor!!! I started tennis a couple years ago and after watching your videos and playing often, I'm officially a 4.5 player! But I do have a couple of questions!!!

    1. How often should trajectory be modulated in match situations?
    -I ask because I'm often told that you should hit with a higher trajectory farther away for net clearance. Which brings me to:

    2. How often should I alternate between topspin, heavy topspin and flat shots?
    -I ask because I favor flat which has a lower net clearance but I'm able to produce all spins and trajectories. So in essence, in your opinion:

    3. How should we aspire to engineer our strokes?
    -Unfortunately I haven't seen many pros practice in person so I figured it'd be worth asking.

    Sorry for the mammoth length, but again awesome videos, thank you so much for posting them!

  11. Nikita Istratov Posted on June 14, 2015 at 4:13 pm

    in tournaments, if you step over the line, isn't it foot fault?

  12. Gwendolyn de Ashborough Posted on June 15, 2015 at 2:31 pm

    Love the Tutorial. I have no consistency and rely on lucky day serves when playing. How do we work on mental concentration to build consistency in our overall Game.

  13. USURPER Posted on June 29, 2015 at 1:31 pm

    Great video, I know what I'll be doing over our summer!

  14. Sruthi S Posted on June 29, 2015 at 2:51 pm

    These techniques helped so much! Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

  15. evelin β€’ Posted on June 30, 2015 at 10:23 pm

    Tried this yesterday, it did work! Thank you so much :]

  16. El Cur Posted on July 2, 2015 at 2:56 pm

    Yo, These tips are the BOMB!

  17. Raf S Posted on July 3, 2015 at 1:37 am

    I was getting the accuracy I needed but not the power which made my serve my weakness. These techniques really helped me with my speed and after a month I can say it's been much more lethal, cheers mate πŸ™‚

  18. Nguyen Thanh Minh Tri Posted on July 16, 2015 at 6:23 am

    Really helpful and easy to understand, thank you so much.

  19. Sanyam Bhardwaj Posted on July 16, 2015 at 8:25 pm

    Coach, you are very good. crisp, precise, and to the point

  20. MdShifatUs Sami Posted on July 19, 2015 at 2:29 am

    You're fantastic. I've been practicing these drills for a couple of days and now can see the outcome. Thank you so much!!!!!!!

  21. Rob Francis Posted on July 19, 2015 at 3:01 pm

    do u have a video that makes proper tennis for lefties?

  22. effdatmainstream Posted on July 22, 2015 at 11:37 pm

    This really helped me. One of the best serving tutorials i have seen on youtube!

  23. george stotlenberg Posted on July 23, 2015 at 4:26 pm

    Everyone who plays tennis knows this

  24. Philip Lee Posted on July 30, 2015 at 11:11 am

    This is the first time I see your videos.i m a 5.0 player and No offense but i learnt nothing.

  25. Steve Martin Posted on July 30, 2015 at 2:24 pm

    I am a beginning tennis player and i have watched multiple, multiple videos on tennis to help teach me from serves, forehands etc, and i have to say i find your videos the best, your cheat videos break it down in a way that i am able to understand it more than i have been able to understand the other videos. Now i have to take what you have said and put it into practice!! Thanks so much!

  26. Davin Posted on August 13, 2015 at 3:03 am

    Nailed it perfectly. This has got to be one of the best videos around – got me taking some notes and really practicing hard.

    One of the issues that I seem to be stumbling across is that my strokes/serve all become "foreign" to me after going on vacation or taking a break off from tennis. Do you have a video on how to quickly warm-up/recover tennis skills after taking a long break?Β 

    Keep up the good work.

  27. kweka21 Posted on August 16, 2015 at 4:39 pm

    After taking my racquet away and practising the drills, when I took the racquet back my serve drastically improved over a few practice sessions. Thanks Clay! πŸ™‚

  28. Sanjay Lohano Posted on August 18, 2015 at 3:37 pm

    this video was very informative, thank you. but I have been playing tennis for a while now but my shoulder hurts everytime I go to serve do u know who to remedy this also could u please do a video or a one thing to aid playing against a more powerful player…thanks

  29. ÜLKÜ ERMAN Posted on August 21, 2015 at 5:57 pm

    Thanks for this video…It's very understandable…I'll follow you..I wish I have a coach like you..thanks again…

  30. Deidra N Posted on September 1, 2015 at 1:47 am

    Great video! I didn't understand the "snap" during serve until watching this.

  31. Scott Craven Posted on September 11, 2015 at 2:54 am

    Absolutely dead on…do these drills and you WILL serve better and harder.

  32. Scott Craven Posted on September 11, 2015 at 2:13 pm

    Clay has a good idea in breaking a professional serve down into components because if you try to do everything he's talking about at once it's too much.

  33. Remus S. Posted on September 18, 2015 at 11:54 am

    Awesome presentation, looks promising. I'll try them, thanks.

  34. hamsterfay Posted on September 29, 2015 at 6:15 pm

    Hey Clay, I was wondering if you might make a video on how to do overhead volleys? I've been struggling with them for a while now, and I realize that it is pretty much the 'snap' you described here, but I would really love it if you made a seperate video on them.

  35. Abhay Sharma Posted on October 17, 2015 at 10:55 pm

    I wish I could find a coach like him in my area.

  36. Antonio XZ Posted on November 10, 2015 at 10:35 am

    Thx 4 the great advice. I must try them out the next time I can play tennis.

  37. Sharad Taparia Posted on November 22, 2015 at 2:11 pm

    Clay, very nicely explained! thanks!

  38. Mesh Dhar Posted on December 13, 2015 at 1:52 am

    Teaching my 11 year daughter serving, the hammer and snap tip is great one. Trying it in the morning tomorrow. Thanks for the video.

  39. Shahid w Estamte3 Posted on January 5, 2016 at 7:43 am

    Should I tilt my shoulder then rotate or it's ok to rotate the tilt my shoulder?

  40. Antoshkaskater _ Posted on January 9, 2016 at 3:25 am

    I like the way you explain πŸ˜„

  41. Adrian Martinez Posted on February 20, 2016 at 12:58 am

    Thank you so much….I have tryouts for my middle school tennis team on Monday this really will help me out.

  42. chris dunne Posted on March 5, 2016 at 8:19 am

    Best explanation I've seen on the serve

  43. Claudio Prado Posted on March 13, 2016 at 1:52 pm

    Great tip on serve thank you Clay

  44. Seone Mo Posted on March 17, 2016 at 5:48 am

    My serve was the only thing holding me back from advancing! Thanks! You are too helpful! πŸ˜€

  45. Francesco Paolo Ardizzone Posted on March 29, 2016 at 10:18 pm

    Great tips! Thanks!

  46. Huf f Posted on April 16, 2016 at 3:02 pm

    Arigato Tennis-san! I didn't watch the video, but I'm glad minna enjoyed it!

  47. Mikey Mike Posted on April 25, 2016 at 2:19 am

    Great drill Coach Clay! Thanks again……. Mikey

  48. Hijacked Light Posted on May 9, 2016 at 2:58 am

    Thanks for the tips but I need help every time I serve it always go long

  49. HiddenApache Posted on May 14, 2016 at 9:48 pm

    Quickly developing muscle memory then changing its direction

  50. Isaac Shenton Posted on May 22, 2016 at 8:58 am

    Does anyone know which racquet he's using?

  51. Ann Posted on June 11, 2016 at 6:28 am

    the jumping part is kinda hard….>.<

  52. Chetan Bansal Posted on June 20, 2016 at 11:13 am

    Okay but how to more accurate

  53. Chetan Bansal Posted on June 20, 2016 at 11:14 am

    Because it make my serve less accurate

  54. Raymond Chavez Posted on September 21, 2016 at 12:49 am

    This guy can pick up drunk chicks by saying he is Luke Wilson

  55. Varsha Vijayanand Posted on October 23, 2016 at 8:12 pm

    I have a tournament an hour later, and how do I achieve more accuracy with a speed serve.

  56. Ritchie Chen Posted on October 28, 2016 at 12:02 am

    I lean more tennis:) lol


  57. noah arbab Posted on November 25, 2016 at 6:06 am

    im a good server and for some reason im serving oo many double faults !!

  58. Kazu Yagami Posted on January 5, 2017 at 9:45 pm

    I serve how you demonstrated in the beginning, but it's mainly because the more i tried to do an actual serve i just got worse and worse so i decided to work on "my" serve and i actually made it faster with, some, spin, but i have been trying to figure out how to serve differently and this will definitely help, i'll try it out as soon as it gets warmer to play, ty.

  59. Davie Glaze Batican Posted on March 19, 2017 at 10:28 am

    thanks for this video ive learned so much in this video
    but i have a one problem because if i serve quickly and snap strongly or quickly my shoulder always got injured

  60. Sanjay Gandhi Posted on March 22, 2017 at 3:45 pm

    I would teach:
    (1) proper grips for the serve – perhaps teach the grip for the topspin one-handed backhand for the second serve grip and the slice backhand for the first serve (continental grip); (2) teach the options on serving stance — more closed for better spin and location placement; a little more open stance for more power; (3) keep the tossing arm up as long as possible to prevent hitting the ball into the net; (4) decide how much spin to put on the ball to balance accuracy with power and to keep the returner off balance — do not hit straight through the back of the tennis ball (flat serve). Serve placement and mixing up spins and locations is more important than pure speed — avoid hitting serves that bounce straight into the returner's forehand. Serves to the forehand side should have slice and be aimed short on the deuce side (assuming the server and returner are both right handed).

  61. sleepy55 Posted on May 8, 2017 at 8:02 pm

    Good and understandable lesson. I missed one important thing (maybe I failed to hear it) and this is the right grip. Many beginners use the forehand grip, so that the wrist can not snap the way you have showed it.

  62. Alex B. Posted on July 10, 2017 at 1:06 am

    You are a good guy. Please read Mark Kovacs research before posting more videos about tennis serve.

  63. Fernando Sioson Posted on August 31, 2017 at 11:35 am

    This video taught me more about serving in 10 minutes than my coaches have in the last 10 weeks.

  64. AlMaslool Posted on October 18, 2017 at 3:30 am

    75 feet in the air….is like throwing a ball up to the height of a nine storey building…….just saying…..

  65. Charles Sandomenico Posted on May 20, 2018 at 4:20 pm

    Good job coach πŸ‘

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  67. Vladimir Vidov Posted on August 9, 2019 at 11:25 am

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