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How can I improve the consistency of my serve?

Does anyone have any drills or tips for improving the consistency of a player's serve?

Just practice with targets. And you will master it! :)

thrrow the ball at 12 o'clock or straight in front and try to hit up on the ball and create a bit of topspin

well i let my players practice second serve firts rather than first serve. that way, they develop trust on their second serve making them confident to serve first serve knowing they have good secon serve.

Consistency begins with the toss. We have two drills we do weekly.

First, they toss the ball with striking it and have it land on a spot marker.  Ihave them do this ten times and tell me the result.  They then do it ten more times.  I record the result and determine the percentage of times the spot is hit.

Second, they serve, two balls at a time and then rotated sides (duece and ad) until they react 10 total serves and then I record the results.  They do this 10 times and I again record the results of percentage of serves hit.

I post the results on the fence for all to see. They've gone from 30% as a team to 70% in just 6 weeks.  Just make sure they are hitting a true second serve and not a dink serve.

you first have to determine whether the serves are going long more,or in the net.then try to figure out if there is any segment of the serve which is breaking down or not functioning properly(eg. toss,rotation etc).if technically there are no issues,then i would just ask my player to cut down his pace,hit with more spin by hitting up & away,& finally giving him a big target area(rather than cones,i mark out an area).but finding out exactly what is wrong is crucial,i feel making a video of the player will help him understand better whatever his mistake is.

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