Tennis – Advanced Serving Techniques

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Tennis professional Doug Kegerreis demonstrates some advanced serving techniques.

    Doug Kegerreis

    Doug is the President of CIT. With 25 years of professional tennis teaching and management skills to his credit, Doug is the consummate tennis expert. In addition to his duties with CIT, he is a physical education specialist at Oakton Elementary School, and fitness director of the 4-Star Jr. Tennis Academy in Merrifield. "CIT has at its core a commitment to develop players who will continue to play tennis." Doug said. "With first-timers we emphasize fun. We've learned that when they have fun, they keep coming back and stay in the game." Doug has earned a Master of Science in Sports Management from the University of West Virginia. He is a current member of the USPTA and certified through its professional standards. He has had several articles printed in USPTA publications. The Mid-Atlantic Professional Tennis Association awarded Doug the honor of Greater Washington Professional of the Year in 1994, and just recently awarded him High School Coach of the Year in 2005. International Country Club, Fairfax Racquet Club, Mid-Town Tennis Club in Chicago, and Sea Pines Racquet Club in Hilton Head, South Carolina, all have had the pleasure of Doug's tennis expertise.

    Doug Kegerreis: Hi! I am Doug Kegerreis, President of Chantilly International Tennis, and today you are learning how to play tennis.

    This is our second clip on the serve. On the first clip on the serve, we showed you how to hit a beginning serve out of the forehand volley position.

    As you progress, you're going to make your serve more of a throwing motion. So, instead of being right into a forehand volley position, you're going to try to repeat a throwing motion. You still will have your left shoulder blade pointing to your target, you'll be sideways, and then with your racquet hand, you would actually make the same motion you would as if you are throwing a ball.

    So it would look something like this. There is the throwing motion, and hopefully you'll toss the ball only as high as you can reach and the ball toss will just get in the way of the racquet path. It will just take -- your racquet path will hit the ball and the ball toss will just be right in the middle of the racquet path.

    Now as you progress on the serve, after you get forehand volley position and you get the serve in play, then you create a throwing motion with your racquet arm. The next step to get a little more zing on your serve is to have a loose and active wrist. I call it a waving motion, where I am actually breaking my wrist in a loose wavy wrist.

    The last thing on the serve, are the grips. Again, there are different types of grips you can use and be successful on the serve. The forehand grip is a very common grip. For most beginners to intermediate-level players, that's the only grip that you'll need. For more advanced-level players, they will need to move more towards the backhand grip or the continental grip.

    Why that grip? It puts your wrist in a more flexible position, so that wrist action I was talking to you about can be more pronounced. What's the downside of using the backhand grip? The same thing for using the continental grip on the volley, it tends to tilt your racquet face at awkward angle. So you have to learn where your racquet face is pointing and it will put your wrist in a very flexible position.

    That wraps up our tennis tips. Tennis is a great game to play. I've tried to introduce the skills to you in the easiest way to allow you to be the most successful that you possibly can be in the shortest amount of time.

    Good luck and hope to see you on the tennis courts.