One of my subscribers sent me a note. They said I'm having problems with my serve. I miss hitting the ball with my serve. I think it was the second serve in particular. But if you're miss hitting with any of your strokes, Whether it's your forehand, your backhand, your serve, or your volley, miss hits are usually caused by too much movement movement with the head.

Your head is the heaviest part of your body. No, I'm sure everyone, well, maybe you haven't heard this, but in science class they used to say, or they still say for every action, there's an equal and opposite reaction. So if you're in the middle of your stroke, you're about to hit a forehand and your eyes and your head should be nice and still focused on that contact area.

Now if your eyes and head look up too soon, and that's what happens many times, whatever stroke it is. If you're a little anxious about the stroke, you're going to look up to see where your shot is going before you actually hit it. Okay. So here's what happens. You're about to hit the ball. Okay, you're coming into the shot.

You're coming into the contact area right up to the contact point. And just before you get there, your head goes like that. Your head looks, you look up too soon and that movement, the head being the heaviest part of the body. Has an equal and opposite reaction. So you're just about to hit the ball. The head moves, the racket moves, the racket moves as well.

And that's why you're hitting the ball on the frame. You're getting the miss hit. So the moral of the story, his keep the head still. Until you've heard the sound of the shot. Once you've heard the ball meet the strings, the ball is gone right away. So once you've heard that sound, now you can look up. Okay.

So practice that eyes and head still. In that contact area. You think of Federer, he's the master at that? You watch him on the forehead on all his shots. Actually, he'll, he'll be here. He's watching the contact, just keeping his eyes focused on the book. Well, and he'll stay there all the way up to here. I mean, his eyes and head are just dialed in here.

And many times players will, you know, they think they have to look up too soon. Because their opponent is over there and causing lots of problems. But remember, Your opponent can do nothing until the ball gets there and believe me, you have plenty of time to really just let the head stay nice and still finish the shot.

Look up and you're still gonna be, have plenty of time to get ready for your opponents. Next shot.

Right now, my serve, what I'm going to focus on is keeping my head up my chin up my eyes focused on that contact point. And I'm not going to drop my head or move my head until I hear that sound.

Okay. I'm hitting first serves here and you're going to get a good look at the eyes and the head staying still focused on the contact area right here in slow motion. You'll really get to see it. Okay. I want you to listen for the sound of the ball, meeting the strings. Right there. You heard the sound of the ball is gone, but notice the eyes, the head are still focused on the contact area.

Okay. Here on a second serve, you're going to see the same thing.

Okay, here. It is in slow motion. Once again, you're going to hear that ball hit the strings and you'll see that the eyes and the head are still up staying nice and still through the contact. There was the sound. And notice the eyes and head are still up. The head's going to come down naturally.

Okay. Here with the forehand. You'll get a good look. Okay. Here in slow motion.

Okay, listen for that sound right there. The ball is gone, but notice eyes and head still focused on that contact area. Well, I hope you enjoyed that video, please. Subscribe, give us a thumbs up a like, and share it with your friends. Any comments or questions, please post those below and I'll get back to you as soon as possible.

So. Moral of the story. Keep that head still. And you're going to have less, yes, miss hits. So it's very simple. When you're practicing, just tell yourself to do that. Just keep the eyes and head still in that contact area. Once you hear the sound of ball meets strings, the ball has gone instantaneous. You can then look up all the best and happy heading.

To Your Tennis Success,

Tom Avery
Tom Avery

Tom Avery has been helping and coaching students for 40 years. Tom has appeared everywhere from the Tennis Channel to YouTube. His coaching and clarity is second to none. Tom empowers every player to excel at any level of the game. He has a quick fix for every problem and is often referred to as the Godfather of Tennis Video Instruction.

    5 replies to "How To Prevent Mishits When Serving And With All Your Strokes"

    • eric silco

      keeping the head still seems like a fundamental rule but its often overlooked, thank you Tom for a great reminder and video.

    • robert mckee

      very good info on the sever

    • Frank Escalona

      great tips

    • Debbie

      This is super good information!! And you are a super good teacher!!!

    • Kurt

      Great video Tom
      Glad you are back!

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