How To Aim Your Serve For Beginners

Today we show you how to aim your serve. This video is for players with a PlayYourCourt rating of 49 and below.

How Beginner Tennis players should aim their serve

Hey guys, Scott from, and today I’m going to show you beginners how to aim your serve. All right guys, today we’re showing you how to aim your serve. This video is for players with a PlayYourCourt rating of 49 and below.

If you’re not in our community, you really should be. So check it out up above by clicking the link. But if you’re not in our community or familiar with our rating system, this is the equivalent of a beginner level player. So, if you’re playing at a higher level, this video’s not going to help you. Turn it off, watch some of our other more advanced content. But if you’re brand new to this sport or you haven’t had a lot of instruction on your serve, this video should help. So let’s dive right in.

If you’re at the beginner level, I think what you’re going to find is most of the people you play against are going to have weaker backhands, and they’re going to have a hard time getting their serve in the court, controlling their serve, aiming. And maybe you’re getting a lot of instruction, even watching a lot of instruction on YouTube about all the fancy things you need to do on your serve, right? The fluidity, the racket drop, the contact point, there’s a lot of things going on with the serve. And today I’m going to ignore all of those things and give you one actionable item that you can implement into whatever your current service motion is to make sure that you’re able to aim your serve, and pick on players’ backhands, or whatever their weaker stroke may be.

So, I could give you hours of instruction as a beginner on all the things that you’re trying to learn on your serve. But again, today I just want to show you how to aim. So no matter what your service motion looks like, no matter what grip you’re using right now… Of course we hope eventually you use continental… But no matter what you’ve got going on with your serve right now, I want to show you an adjustment that allows you to aim the ball easier.

The key takeaway to understand here is where ever your strings point when you hit the ball, that is where the ball is going to go. All right? So, to give you a really, really, simple visual; if my strings point flat or completely parallel with the base line here, you’re going to notice that ball just goes straight. All right? So if I’m aiming on the deuce side for my opponents backhand side as a right-hander, I want to hit more towards the T. The way I’m going to do that, no matter what my service motion looks like, whether it’s a 5/5 or a beginner, is at contact my strings have got to point towards the T.

Pretty simple stuff, right? So, obviously if I want to aim out wide, maybe I’m playing a left handed player, maybe I’m playing somebody who’s forehand is just at atrocious, and I want to hit more balls to a right-handed player’s forehand I know I need to aim out wide. The way I’m going to do that- Again, no matter what my service motion is. At contact, my strings need to be pointing towards my target. Let me show you what that looks like. You can see ball moves out wide cause look where my strings were at contact, my rackets moving in the direction of my target. Very simple tip. So, to reiterate, When I’m on the ad side- the other side of the court here and I’m aiming for my opponents backhand… Pro-tip: if you’re a beginner and playing other beginners, their backhand’s probably weaker. Definitely should be aiming there.

The concept is the same. If I’m trying to aim out wide, that’s where my strings need to point at contact. If you’ve got a very simple, even a frying pan serve, that’s okay. I still want you to poke that ball in the direction of their backhand. So that would look like this. You’ll see my strings pointing in the direction that I’m aiming at contact. If I want to go up the T, maybe they’re left handed or maybe they have a weaker forehand… Same concept again. My strings are going to point in the direction of where I want that ball to go. And that’s going to send that ball up the T. There’s tons of different skill levels, there’s tons of different service motions. I’m going to show you my service motion as around a 5/5 level player. And what I want you to pay attention to, we’re going to freeze my contact point for you on video.

What I want you to notice is even when I aim out wide with my service motion, my contact point is going to look very very similar to yours, and my strings are going to be pointing in the same direction that I’m aiming. Let’s take a look at that now. Same concept guys. Let’s take a look at this now on the deuce side. And exact same concept, I’m aiming towards a right-handed player’s backhand or up the T. What you’re going to notice at contact that’s where my strings are pointing. Let’s take a look. All right guys, I hope that visual helps. Pretty simple information here. Wherever you want the ball to go, point your strings in that direction at contact. No matter what your service motion looks like, at the end of the day that determines where the ball is going to go.

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