This tennis tip here is the mother, of all mothers.
I mean, serving under pressure, can be one of the most fearful things to do for all junior and adult competitive players.
Just the other day, at a tournament I was watching.
I saw a boy just double fault the game away and walked off the court crying, because he couldn’t handle the pressure while serving.
Here are 3 tips, that will help you serve better under pressure.
You have to practice these tips on and off the court.
Yes, off the court as well, meditate on these tips when you are doing your “Mental Training”.
Speaking of which, visualize these tips in your mind as much as you can off the court and try to really put yourself into these certain game based situations, by adding emotion to them, when you picture them to yourself.
Okay enough talk, here they are.
1) Don’t rush through your motion
The mistake that most players make is that, “They don’t want to deal with the pressure, so they tend to rush through their motion”.
This leads to nervous energy and it throws off their serve!!
So, step away from the line for moment and take a deep breath and exhale, then release all the stress, out of your body.
Then do it again, but this time in a more calmer way.
That should help you relax a little better.
2) Serve on your terms
Never start your motion until you are relaxed, so if you still feel nervous at all, just step away from the baseline again.
Apologize to your opponent, then take another deep breath and start your motion again.
Serving is away about timing, rhythm and flow.
And the more you do it on your terms, the more self-control, you will feel over any type of situation on court.
This will also give you the mental edge in match play.
3) Allow your serve to flow
Now you should be emotionally ready to serve.
So let your serve flow.
Never try to force your motion.
Because you will throw off your timing by doing that.
Instead, follow your normal routine and let your service action flow.
Follow those instructions above and you will start dominating your fears in matches.
“Practice these 3 tips in your practice matches and also in your real matches. “
Keep working on these tips too.
Think repeat, repeat and more of the same thing, until your own them.
You want to own these tips, because at the junior level, they can help you rise straight up to the top of the ranking!!
I’ll be honest here with you too.
I rarely see that many juniors that can serve under PRESSURE.