Tennis – How to Serve from the Volley Position

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Tennis professional Doug Kegerreis demonstrates how to serve from the volley position.

    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.

    The next stroke in tennis we are going to learn is the Serve. In the last few years, I've had a lot of success teaching beginners how to serve by going from the forehand volley position into the serve. There are many elements in the forehand volley that will take you right into a successful beginning serve.

    Forehand volley position, we had the racquet up and we had you sideways, we'll use the reference point show your partner your left shoulder blade. That's an excellent position to start the beginning serve.

    It essentially lets you get sideways and also I am a big fan of tossing the ball only as high as you can reach. So the beginning serve will have you on forehand volley position. You toss the ball right up to your racket at head level and you hit up on the serve.

    I've had people serving successfully within the first hour they've ever set foot on a tennis court, just taking the forehand volley position and serving out of it. Again, for a beginning serve, forehand volley position, get sideways, show me your left shoulder blade, racquet up, tip up, toss the ball only up to your racquet, and hit up on the serve to get the ball into the diagonal box.

    Next we're going to go over a few more serving skills, throwing motion, which is the motion you make on the serve and wrist action and what grips to use.