The Follow Through

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Step 10The tenth part of the serve is the follow through. From contact, I continue to pronate after I’ve hit the tennis ball. Also, I want to point the tennis racket down at the court, which I do at 10 seconds in the video. From this position, I bring the racket around to the other side of my body. This allows me to smoothly decelerate the tennis racket.

At 20 seconds in the video I focus on my feet during the follow through. Because I jumped when I served, I need to land on my front foot (which is my right foot because I’m left handed — it’s the opposite for all your right-handers out there). All the weight needs to be on my front foot. I’m kicking my back foot up, which allows me to stay balanced over the course of my follow through.

At 43 seconds in the video we look at some pictures of Andy Roddick following through. As he follows through he points the tennis racket down at the court. As he continues to follow through he’ll land on his front foot (with all of his weight on that foot), he’s got his back foot kicked up, and that’s going to help him stay balanced as he follows through. You’ll also notice that he’s begun to bring the tennis racket around to the other side of his body. In the final picture, taken from behind, Roddick has completed his follow through. His footwork remains the same and he’s brought the tennis racket all the way around to the other side of his body.

Now your service motion is complete! Hurray!

We would also like to extend a special thanks to the Washington Kastles World Team Tennis organization and Qorvis Communications. We were granted media passes in the Summer of 2008 to photograph matches and videotape player warm-ups even though we are not technically a tennis news outlet. Much of the great player hitting footage and still shots that we used in this section to teach you the tennis serve are the fruits of the opportunity the Kastles and Qorvis offered to us. We are looking forward to next season!

  • Ramon

    Very clear, concise and well explained instructions. Thanks.

  • Hscampbell

    In addition to clear and easy to follow lessons, I also really appreciate the fact that you, like me, are left-handed. It’s very difficult to find examples of grips, shots, etc. from a left-handed perspective, and always having to imagine it backwards from the visual examples can get very confusing/frustrating. Thanks for being a leftie!

  • Pap91rt50

    Great stop and go with each segment. Helps to make it easier to understand

  • Erik

    thanks Will……..

  • Dstout

    Thanks Will, great video again. Keeping balanced during the knee bend will be, I think, most of the challenge in hitting the service stroke as you have shown.

  • Larry

    I noticed you make no mention if the back foot (left foot for a lefty) should first come up to the front foot before launching into the serve. I noticed in your serve (also Federer) the back foot does not come up to the front foot. In other pros it does. So my question is does it matter which style one uses?

  • Tdemmellash

    Thanks Will for a highly insightful instructional video on the serve. I am sure it will help me improve my serve.

  • Son Truong

    Great lessons. appreicate it much

  • jack barnett

    i love this stuff so much i do it every time I play

  • jack barnett

    i love this stuff so much i do it every time I play

  • Leopold

    Its the best explanation I ‘ ve ever seen on how a serve is really built up.. Now, I just have to execute it, can’t wait ;-)

  • Leopold

    Its the best explanation I ‘ ve ever seen on how a serve is really built up.. Now, I just have to execute it, can’t wait ;-)

  • Vjsnews

    Absolutely brilliant

  • Scott

    Great series on the serve – thanks!

  • randel

    excellent tips !
    hopefully, we can get into the slice, topspin, kick serves on the next mail.
    thanks!

  • Alfonso

    I’ve watched so many training videos, some of them from ITF, and I have to say that this is the most detailed one, brilliant and from a training perspective very very useful. Many thanks¡¡

  • Jvcelt

    thank u… kind of intimidating. looks as if i’ll be spending the summer working on this.

  • Beth

    very very fantastic videos…tanks Will, I appreciate!!

  • Sir Browning

    Your knowledge, your skill to pass your knowledge on to us and with the amazing dead-slow motion footage, you managed to achieve an outstanding result. Congratulations to you, and your I-T associates for the fantastic outcome! Many Thanks to all of you!
    Sir Browning, Liopetri, Cyprus.

  • Angee

    Learned alot about the serve, thanks Will!

  • Xavier Campos

    Congratulations for the service series. A nice scientific yet perfectly understable and explainable approach.
    X.Campos, Geneva (Switzerland)

  • sangbok

    Thanks. Very helpful to me.

  • Doug

    Best video that I’ve seen on the serve. Thanks

  • Anonymous

    Brilliant video – explained very clearly even a beginner like myself can understand easily. Thanks Will!

  • Dadalindada

    Thank you for these fantastic videos which make me understand the basic movement of serve !  help me a lot !  thanks !!!

  • JaySoh

    Amazing !!Thank you to make me understand and give confidence on serve~
    I appriciate it! :)

  • Rajeev Badola

    Brilliant stuff, my serve has improved a lot after watching these videos… Thanks…

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  • Hugh Smith

    This is just the best instruction on the serve that I have seen to date.
    Technical and thorough yet easy to understand.  I consider myself to be a good server, but you have opened my eyes to certain aspects of the serve which I am doing  incorrectly… Great job and I thank you so much for giving me an opportunity to improve my game…………   HUGH SMITH.

  • PHRG

    This is by far the best instructional on the serve that i have ever seen or heard. This is absolute gold. Thank You So much, I’m a level 3.5ish player and been taught by two “pros” and never heard of the Pronation after the serve. Im in complete shock right now.

  • Art De Vany

    This is elegant. Nothing is said that does not need to be said. It flows and the pieces connect. I recall reading Ben Hogan on pronation and supination and it did not register as well as this does.

  • jeffreyfranz

    As so many others have said, these lessons are simply the best. Over the years I have asked endlessly my friends, teachers, and other players for details on things like exactly what happens at stage X or stage Y, etc. Even when paying handsome hourly rates for instruction, I never got such clear and detailed guidance. What is on offer here is as good as–no, better–than I have seen anywhere else. And it’s free! Will, thank you for this. Can we donate to the site?

  • Angie Bannister

    Thanks Will for that but as a novice the only thing missing was to show the various types of grips. I have been told that the way I was gripping the racquet for a service is incorrect and I am now struggling to get used to the ‘correct’ one. Any advice?

  • Rishi

    What is the right age for a child to start learning Tennis?

  • jake

    never

  • jake

    never