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How to Hit a Flat Serve in Tennis

Let tennis pros Joe Perez and Kirk Moritz teach you how to hit a flat serve in this Howcast video.


- Man: All right; hitting a flat serve in tennis. In most people's power serve, the important characteristics of this flat serve are, to make sure you have your continental grip, and for the new player, you must learn to pronate your wrist. A little fancy word there, to square the racket head up as you hit the ball, kind of like throwing a ball, right Joe?

- Joe: Right. You want me to demonstrate?

- Man: Yes, please. He starts with his arms relaxed. He brings his arm up, bends the elbow, pronates the wrist to square the racket head up, and finishes across his body. The toss is thrown in front of him, so he can turn his hips and his shoulders, and explode into that contact, rather than if he throws the ball over his head, he'll hit it to the moon. If he throws the ball in front, he can snap that swing off like a pitcher throwing a pitch towards home plate. Can you show me one more time please, Joe? Up, bend, pronate, finish. Looks pretty good.

- Joe: Thanks.

- Man: Have you played before?

- Joe: [chuckles] A little bit.

- Man: Okay. I also want to mention that the flat serve is the power serve, right? Because you're hitting it flat, it's going to go fast. Pros use that often on the first serve, not on the second serve. The first serve, they don't want to double fault. They don't want to miss it because they'll lose the point, so what they do is they hit the first serve very hard, going for an ace perhaps. That means the ball isn't even touched by the opponent. And then the second serve is with a lot of spin, so they can keep it in. The first serve can get up to 130, 140 miles an hour.

- Joe: Perhaps in your case.

- Man: [chuckles] I don't think so. I haven't done that in a long time. But the first serve, 130 miles an hour if you hit it flat. That's what the pro's do. And that's how you demonstrate a flat serve.

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