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.

    10 replies to "The Best Way To Practice Your Serve For Matches"

    • Kurt Kupersmith

      Thanks Tom… another great video!
      What is the best grip to use for a second serve and how fast should the racket swing be?

      • Tom Avery

        Hi Kurt,
        You’re welcome! Best grip is either a continental or eastern backhand (eastern backhand works well when trying to hit a topspin kick serve)… the racquet is more on edge with eastern backhand. The swing speed should be the same as a first serve or even faster, yes faster, because the energy is going into spin not power.
        To your tennis success,
        Tom

    • Eric Geier

      Thx Tom. As a lefty, I’m a firm believer of less power and more slice on my serves – would rather take someone out wide to set up an open court 2nd shot volley, than go for a service winner (even on a first). Approaching 50, economy matters much more! Thx for the lesson!

      • Tom Avery

        Hi Eric,
        Absolutely!!! Whether you hit the ball 95 MPH or 140 MPH… if it hits the line out wide you’ve got an ace or a service winner!
        To your tennis success,
        Tom

    • Tom

      My kick serve lands short inside the service line . I would like for it to land deeper. How do I correct?

      • Tom Avery

        Hi Tom,
        You’ve got to learn to get more net clearance… think… “up and out” at the moment of contact… also keep your head and chest UP until the ball is gone. Another thing you can try is look at a spot on the back fence that is 6 -8 feet higher than the net strap… that’s the window you need to hit through over the net. Experiment with those tips and they will start to land deeper.
        To your tennis success,
        Tom

    • h0w. schatz

      terrific

    • Frank Silbermann

      (Any relation to “Tex” (Frederick Bean) Avery?

      • Tom Avery

        All of us AVERY’S are related to 5 brothers who came to America from England… but not a close relative I know of.
        All the best,
        Tom

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