TENNIS SERVE LESSON | Stop Squatting On Your Tennis Serve

TENNIS SERVE LESSON | Stop Squatting On Your Tennis Serve

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Hi! This is Jeff Salzenstein, CEO of Tennis Evolution,
and USTA High Performance coach. and there’s a really good chance that you’re squatting too much on your serve. Now, you may be squatting when you bend your legs, and not even know that you’re doing it incorrectly. But I’m going to break it down for you,
and give you the solution in this serve lesson. [Tennis Evolution] Now, we want all of you to be able to bend your knees, and explode up to the ball. That’s a great thing to do on the serve. But there’s a problem, and I’ve seen it over and over again over the years with players at different levels, and what I see is that when players bend their knees, they actually squat, like this. So, you can see my butt sticking out like this, and just like I’m squatting like if I were to squat in a chair. Okay. That’s not what we want to do. We actually want to push our hips forward as we bend our knees, and this is something that I want you to shadow stroke, and to practice so that you can actually do it when you hit the ball. So, instead of squatting and sticking your butt back. What I want you to do is push your hips forward like this. So, you’re actually going to bend your knees less when you push your hips forward. So now, instead of feeling all the tension in your quads, you’re going to feel more tension in your glutes. And that’s why you gotta do glute bridge exercises, and other exercises that are going to
strengthen those glute muscles. So, you’re going to bend your knees, but you’re going to make sure
you push those hips forward, so that you can feel more activation in the glutes. And that is going to help you generate
more power and more rhythm on the serve. Now, let’s do it in slow motion. Again, that’s the big key. We don’t want you squatting; we want you pushing your hips forward. That’s going to dramatically improve your serve. Now, if you got a lot of value out of this lesson, go ahead and click the Thumbs Up button, feel free to subscribe, because
we want to be able to update you when we release our latest serve lessons, and other lessons that we create, and if you want, go ahead and leave a comment below, and I’ll be sure to get back to you with an answer. Thanks again for your time,
and we’ll see you at the next video! (-:

23 thoughts on “TENNIS SERVE LESSON | Stop Squatting On Your Tennis Serve”

  1. Can you clarify this video versus this one where Mark Kovacs seems to be saying you should squat with your butt out in this video? https://youtu.be/uD0tVuVisU8
    Mr. Kovacs seems to be promoting the "sitting into your back swing" like they do in a proper golf swing. I don't see any pros serving by sitting into the back leg like this. Can you help clarify, Jeff?

  2. Excellent tip! I've been trying to use my legs more and it feels like squatting. Pushing that hip out is so much better!

  3. Great tip! Quick question: do you mean push the hips forward towards the side fence? I ask 'cos I've been told you're also meant to push the hips towards the court (to get the weight forward/and a bow shape). So I guess you're pushing forward towards the side fence and the court as well?

  4. Great tip! Nice view of Crestmoor Park in the back? How and why do you get up on your toes when you squat?

  5. Kick serve myths debunked: Former Top 100 ATP Pro, Jeff Salzenstein, is exposing 3 common myths that could be crippling your kick serve potential. Most players make at least 1 of these 3 mistakes… Do you? https://goo.gl/iv9bH3

  6. Serve myths debunked: Former Top 100 ATP Pro, Jeff Salzenstein, is exposing 3 common myths that could be crippling your serve potential. Most players make at least 1 of these 3 mistakes… Do you? https://goo.gl/K2Ljr1

  7. Once you become an expert, you lose all imagination. As a professor of the Physics of Sports, I would hang up my jock if that occurred. So far, so good.

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