Tennis Serve Training Tips

November 29, 2018 by  
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Double faulting too much?

Never quite able to hit that clutch serve under pressure?

Blame it on your ball toss!

Too many players suffer from inconsistent and inefficient ball tosses.

There’s a simple secret when it comes to consistent serving.

And since the serve is by far the most important shot in tennis, it’s important to have a consistent weapon that you can rely on.

Consistent serves and powerful serves in tennis rely upon the preparation necessary to make perfect impact in the contact zone.

That preparation takes the form of your service toss, you have to be able to place the tennis ball in the perfect position in relationship to your swing path.

The Golden Rule Of Tennis Serve Training

The golden rule is to find your perfect swing and toss the ball into that perfect swing path.

But far too often players swing at their toss, this is to say that they chase poor ball tosses and abandon their perfect swing path.

That is a recipe for inconsistent and inaccurate tennis serves.

Don’t let a bad ball toss destroy an otherwise great service motion.

Catch the ball and toss it into your swing the next time.

Don’t stop until you’ve executed a great toss into your perfect swing path.

Your opponent can wait, but hopefully it doesn’t take you all day(that’s what practice is for!)

Then and only then will you be able to start relying on your serve as a weapon.

The Tennis Serve Toss Drill:

Here’s a simple way for you to get used to adding your toss to your swing path.

This drill is called the shadow swing drill. Simply step up to the service line and with a loose arm go through your service motion.

Visualize yourself hitting a perfect serve, continue to go through your service motion finding your perfect tennis serve motion and swing path.

Once you have established a smooth fluid service motion, THEN practice tossing a tennis ball into that perfect swing motion.

If you find yourself altering the perfect tennis service motion that you established, then you know you’re chasing your toss.

Again, we want the toss to work with our swing NOT our swing to work with our toss.

This service motion drill will help you develop a more consistent more accurate and more powerful serve the more you practice it.

The service toss is possibly the most important part of a successful serve.

It is totally in your control-practice your toss-practice your perfect swing path, and if you put them together and you’re going to see a lot of success.

How To Hit Lob Serve in Racquetball

November 29, 2018 by  
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The fastest sport, has just, slowed down? Racquetball is known for how quick the ball moves, and fast pace of the game, in fact has several aspects of a slow sport. Similar to tennis, the object is to have the ball bounce twice before your opponent can get to it. And similar to tennis, there are a variety of serves. A drive serve is when the server just tries to blow it past their opponent, a “Z” serve is when the server tries to mix up and confuse his opponent, and finally a lob serve is where the server tries to slow the game down. The following are 7 steps to perfecting a lob serve.

1. Balance: Like any good serve for any sport, it is important to have great positioning. A rally can’t start until the ball has been served, so there is no point to rush yourself. Get yourself balanced, and be pre-paired to hit a perfect serve.

2. Center Yourself: It is important to stand in the middle of the service box, regardless if you are attempting to set your opponent up for a forehand or backhand serve. Standing too far to one side of the service box will affect where the ball bounces off the front wall, hitting the side wall and setting up the receiver for a kill shot.

3. Solid bounce: You want to bounce the ball at about head height and to simply just drop the ball. A low bounce will have you fishing for the serve and put too much power on it, resulting in a serve which will pop out too far off the back wall. Also, a bounce to high will result in the server reaching for it, producing a serve hit too lightly.

4. Striking the ball: A lob serve is all about positioning of the ball and speed to which it comes off the front wall. The server will want to push the ball, taking a significant amount of speed off the ball, but also giving it a great bounce. When the ball hits its peak, the server should use their body and hips to turn and push the ball towards the wall. Using the arm will give the ball more power resulting in a poor serve.

5. Aim: When hitting the ball, the server wants to aim about ¾ up the wall and either on the right side or left so after it hits the front wall, the ball hugs the side wall, hitting just before the encroachment line, heading to either back corner, without hitting the back wall. Leaving the ball in the middle of the court will give your opponent virtually any shot they want to take, especially since the ball is not moving fast.

6. Keep a firm wrist: Holding the racquet with a strong wrist eliminates the possibility of hitting a flimsy serve, with little accuracy. Having a strong wrist also allows for a more precise and accurate shot.

7. Breathe easy: A lob serve is not meant to be difficult serve or become a fault. A fault during a lob serve is usually a resort to the server rushing, being lazy or nerves. Take a deep breath and make this serve count.

A lob serve is a favorite among players because it takes a lot less energy and a rally can take a lot of energy out of the players. It is also a serve with a very high success rate, for not being a fault, making it a great second serve.

Baseball Fielding Tips – Very Common Throwing Problems

November 28, 2018 by  
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Here is a list of some common throwing problems, why they are happening and some baseball fielding tips that should solve these problems:

Throws Are Overthrown and Sailing High:

There is a very good chance that you are not raising your throwing elbow to shoulder height. I’ve witnessed this 100s of times over the years. Watch closely to replays on TV when infielders overthrow their first baseman and the throw sails high. In almost every case, you will see the infielder did not raise his elbow high enough when making the throw. Just remember, “elbow too low, ball high.” In essence, the ball is being “pushed” and not actually thrown. Another possibility for overthrowing your target is you may be releasing the ball before your landing foot hits the ground.

Under Throwing the Ball:

The problem is usually at your release point. If you release the ball too late, your throw will almost definitely be too low. Another strong possibility is that your front shoulder is dipping down below your throwing shoulder. If your front shoulder dips, there is a good chance your throw will be low and short of your target. Whenever possible, make sure that your shoulders stay level throughout the throwing motion.

General Erratic Throwing:

There is no substitute for spending time practicing your throwing. If you throw the ball every day, your throwing will improve. It simply has to. Just remember, every time you throw a baseball you should aim for a target. It’s one of the simplest yet most important baseball fielding tips for improving throwing. If having a catch with someone, aim for their left shoulder, then their right shoulder, left hip, right hip, etc. Every time you throw a baseball, aim for something! How can this possibly not help? It has to help and it will help you tremendously.

If throwing erratically, the problem could very well be in your footwork. Not getting their feet set up properly is a very common problem, especially with youngsters. Their feet are not set when they throw the ball because of their impatience to want to throw the ball too soon. Their arm is ready but their footwork is not ready yet. They have no balance or foundation. Like we mentioned above, keep your shoulders level and keep them square to your target. Make sure your front foot is pointing to your target and your back foot lined up like you are pitching and using the pitching rubber.

Once again, every time you throw a baseball, aim for a target. It’s one of the easiest yet most important baseball fielding tips. There is no way on earth that this will not help you out tremendously!