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Tennis Serve Tip: Use Your Hips For More Serve Power

Here’s a tip on using your hip to help
get more shoulder turn to generate more serve power by turning your shoulders
past your hips to create stretch across your trunk area! Hello! Gregg Le Sueur here for Online Tennis Instruction. Here’s a follow-up video on
a recent case study we did on Shane and we talked specifically about the kinetic
chain. Now we didn’t get into too much detail about using your front hip to
help you turn your shoulders more. I want to cover that now in this video.
Remember Shane had a lot of things to be thinking about but this certainly is
the next step in that process. So what you want to do is we call this knee
flexion, our knees will bend but if we turn our hip out just slightly over the
base line actually allows you to turn your shoulders past our
hips. We create that trunk stretch so if you watch it again…as I start to make
this right-to-left movement the racket goes over my head here, my knees will
bend, I push my hip out…that allows me to turn my shoulders past my hips. You
see how my back is almost towards the net and now I’m creating my stretch in
this trunk area. So watch that again I’ll get to this position knees hips and then
shoulders and you want to do this with a lot of shadow swings but remember it
goes knees first. So you coil from the ground up!
So I want to coil from the ground up, knees, hips, shoulders and an uncoil again
I’m thinking about driving my hip upwards and then my shoulders and my
elbow will then fire in sequence so you can use a medicine ball to do the
same thing and again this is about a four pound medicine ball. It’s not too
heavy and I want to bend my knees my hip goes out slightly and I turn my
shoulders past my hips so when the hip goes out just allows me to get this turn
right here. Now from this position you want to focus on driving the hip upwards,
don’t focus on the arm focus on the hip and think of the ball going straight up
as you drive your hip up in this direction just like that!
Alright and when I do that just make sure I finished my left arm with my
elbow into my stomach preventing me from facing forward too early. Let’s take
a look at a side by side comparison. You will see on the example on
the right how my hips push out past the baseline and as a result I’m able to
create more shoulder turn where my back is pointed further towards the net. You
can see how much further I turn my shoulders past my hips,
this creates stretch in the muscles across the trunk area!

David Frank



  1. Matthieu HEDIR Posted on October 10, 2017 at 1:40 pm

    In the right and natural mecanism of the serve, in order to generate power, you have to bend backward and not squatting like some WTA or ATP players. The hips have to be locked during bending, and especially not break the line of the legs by enter the court. It's one of the biggest bad habit that player can have. A guy like Roddick who have one a the best "trophy pose" of all time for big server didn't use that technique but just bend the knees more, and with the position of his feet, it's naturally happends that he have his back facing the net. You should check the channel "vshpigel", who present the right and natural way to hit serves, and not some tricks who can be bad interpretted and destroy serve technique. (sorry for the english, I'm french)

  2. Shmuel Goldberg Posted on October 10, 2017 at 2:11 pm

    By lifting the hip you created rotation in a "big body": you rotate your entire upper body. This rotation passes to the arm with the racket, a much smaller body. This is the kinetic chain! Due to preservation of an angular momentum (basic physics), when this momentum passes to a much smaller body, the speed of the smaller body is much-much faster. This is the basis of every tennis stroke.

  3. Prometheus Group Posted on October 10, 2017 at 2:21 pm

    A really insightful vid, thanks!

  4. Swetal Shah Posted on October 10, 2017 at 4:24 pm

    Hi I have been following your videos religiously..In this video when to release the toss was bit confusing for me.. Could you please explain it with other video would be helpful for me

  5. Hugo Guillén Posted on October 12, 2017 at 12:27 am

    Really helpful, thanks!

  6. pr4nk5tr Posted on April 3, 2018 at 12:47 pm

    ..sems more or less the opposite of that "most of the power comes from the arm action" stuff from Florian.