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Many players have a tendency to think down when serving. The net doesn’t look so high, their racquet is extended overhead and hitting down seems logical to get the ball in the service box.

There’s a big problem with this type of mindset, number one, you’ll hit many serves in the net. Number two; you’re reinforcing a mindset that doesn’t allow you to develop a consistent, reliable serve.

When making contact on the serve most of the time the racquet is straight up or ever so slightly tilted down. When I say ever so slightly tilted down, I mean like one degree tilted down, barely visible to the human eye.


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.

    14 replies to "How To Stop Hitting Serves Into The Net"

    • Fred van der Kemp

      Txs for the clear instruction, I will practise tomorrow

      • Tom Avery

        Hi Fred,
        You’re welcome, much appreciated! What you do in practice you’ll do in the match.
        All the best,
        Tom

    • Tim Theobald

      Nice demo slo-mo video on how to serve over the net as well as drop and pull up racquet to the ball at top of reach. As current subscriber I return to review videos when wanting more serve improvements. Thanks Tom!

      • Tom Avery

        Hi Tim,
        You’re welcome a lot more to come… stay-tuned.
        All the best,
        Tom

    • Gary

      Great Video! Thanks a lot for your teaching!

      • Tom Avery

        Thanks Gary.
        All the best,
        Tom

    • ken martinelli

      Tom,
      My problem is the opposite. Almost all of my faults are long by one to two inches. Any instructions to fix that problem?
      Ken

      • Tom Avery

        Hi Ken,
        You probably need more topspin to pull the ball down… a good topspin kick serve is a solution… and learn to hit variations where you go flatter for more power with a little topspin or if your serve is off a particular day use more spin.
        All the best,
        Tom

    • Rich Salemi

      Coach,I have several of your Previous DVD’s and used their common sense approach to instruct . The. left handed player makes it more difficult for rt handed players to study this lesson and learn. Also, when she does the ball toss (the side shot) the ball gets”lost” in the trees. Tx’s

      • Tom Avery

        Hi Rich,
        Sorry about that… will do better in the future… we love the trees here though.
        All the best,
        Tom

    • Lloyd Drucker

      Hitting into the net on serve is usually due to the toss too low
      You have to think higher toss next time
      Otherwise tossing too far in front as well but again a higher toss will usually fix it
      Majority of faults due to bad toss

      • Tom Avery

        Hi Lloyd,
        I agree with the thought, “Majority of faults due to bad toss”. However, what do you mean by too low, lower than the peak of your reach? If that’s the case I agree. But many think that a toss just to the peak of your reach is too low. And many think that a higher toss cures everything but in fact makes serving more difficult. When you toss the ball a foot or two out of your reach you much wait for the ball to come down. As the ball is dropping it’s picking up speed and dropping through your hitting zone fast. On the other hand, a toss just to the peak of your reach, is in your hitting zone 10X’s longer than a toss a foot or two out of your reach, which makes serving easier and just as powerful. Just look at the serves of the Bryan bros., Nick Kyrgios, Dustin Brown.
        All the best,
        Tom

        • Lloyd Drucker

          Correct Tom. I meant a toss lower than normal for that particular player’s serve whomever it may be.

          • Tom Avery

            Hi Lioyd,
            Yes I agree if the toss is lower than peak of the reach it is TOO LOW.
            All the best,
            Tom

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