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Tennis Training: Explosive Serve Workouts

Have you ever tried to serve by ONLY using your upper body? I tried this last week during a singles practice match and felt like threw my shoulder into the friggin net.

People who believe they don’t need leg strength for a serve are normally the ones that have a crappy serve anyway. So don’t take their advice… because generating power :: Explosive Power :: Is EXTREMELY important in pounding ferocious serves your opponent can’t return.

And here’s a quick workout that’ll do JUST that :: Click Play :: And when You’re done, I need your help (more details below the video):

:: I need Your HELP ::

Don’t worry, everything is cool. This is actually gonna be fun, I would just like to ask you to answer 1 simple question in the comments below…. and here goes:

If you could improve just 1 part of your game and have it be as strong as that of your favorite pro, which would it be?

Serve?

Forehand?

Backhand?

And Why?

Just click the comments section below, and leave your answer. You can make your answers as long or as short as you like.

’til next time, Train Hard & Win easy!

Todd Scott, Training Advisor Men’s Fitness magazine

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21 Responses to “Tennis Training: Explosive Serve Workouts”

  1. Emma-Claire says:

    Backhand. It is slightly weaker than my forehand and would like to have great weapons on both sides instead of having only a massive forehand.

  2. Adam Markowitz says:

    Todd,

    First of all, I have both Tennis Matrix programs and love them. These high-intensity interval/strength workouts are the best thing going, and not just for tennis. I’ve gained strength and definition, reduced my body fat percentage, and improved my stamina and athleticism incorporating your program with my other workouts.

    As far as what stroke I’d like to improve most, I’d say the forehand. Why? It’s the go-to stroke for winning points and it just feels great to rip a few by your (out-of-breath) opponent.

  3. James says:

    would love to improve service return,and forehand

  4. Bao Nguyen says:

    Serve. Using strength from your toes and help your upper body stable.

  5. Pasquale Amato says:

    Serve. I’m always afraid to make a double fault, so that my serve becomes weak and insecure.

  6. Ron says:

    Backhand. My crosscourt is nowhere near as powerful or accurate as my inside-out backhand.

  7. Marley says:

    Serve because the most important thing in tennis is movement and getting in good position to hit every shot. So when you are playing in 100 degree weather and tired its nice to come up with a big serve and a free point.

  8. Anna says:

    Serve. When you pull off a great serve, you can be in a good position to hit each ball your opponent is giving you, thus, you’re the one on the offensive side and taking control of the game.

  9. Dorin says:

    If I could improve just one part of my game and have it be as strong as that of my favorite pro, that will be the serve.

  10. enis says:

    forehand,

    because all other shots is more naturel than forehand as biomechanicaly,forehand is more complicated, vorious of tipes,more muscles involved ,and dominating in game with forehand

  11. ramon says:

    my serve, it lacks depth and power and my backhand it lacks consistensy.

  12. Mike says:

    Fitness, and mental toughness. I am successful constructing points around “my game” . But as I get older (58) I find that it is not the strokes that break down in a match. When I get tired, my focus wanes and my game goes south. So as i get older I am focusing on maintaining fitness, staying mentally tough and playing the game with the strokes I have. The thought of modeling another players strokes, even a pro’s, is not in my game plan.

  13. John says:

    High bouncing balls to myone handed backhand give me the most trouble.

  14. Georges says:

    The serve. With a weak serve you can’t do anything :)

  15. Serve.. Obviously..

  16. tscott17 says:

    @ Adam M. – Thanks bro. I’m glad you like the workouts.. They are DEFINITELY killer for tennis. Thanks for the kind words! :)

    @ Mike, yeah, no doubt, it was a hypothetical question, like, “If you could have just one stroke of your favorite pro, which would it be”, not to be taken literal :) but I definitely understand where you’re coming from, my game goes to the lower level of crap when I get tired.

  17. Gerard says:

    The serve, because it is the only stroke where I do not have to react to the opponents shot. Wham a free point when needed most or placement, power and spin with variety to always start the point at an advantage. Always holding serve means at least a tie breaker but generally a convincing win!

  18. Dritan says:

    Backhand is driving me crazy. I don’t uderstand whether it is really so complicated or it is just the rumours around it that make it so mentally hard.

  19. EDUARDO says:

    DEAR TODD
    THANKS AGAIN FOR ALL YOURE TIPS THEY ARE EXCELENT
    IF YOU ASK ME WHAT I LOVE TO GET BETTER I WILL ANSWER IN ALL MY SHOTS EVEN THOU I THINK THE SERVE IS THE MOST IMPORTANT SHOT OF THE GAME BEING THE ONE THAT YOU START EVERY POINT IMAGINE IF YOU CAN DO ACES EVERY TIME.
    YOU WILL ALLWAYS GO FOR A TIE BREAK IN EVERY SET

  20. Ed says:

    It would be the serve. Without a potent serve you are just another mediocre player.

  21. Jim says:

    The serve gives disproportionate advantages. Consider Goran Ivanisevic. He was a contender, a finalist at majors. He had a powerful serve, but he didn’t really have the same quality of game apart from the serve. Without the big serve, he couldn’t have been top 30, let alone a finalist at Wimbledon. Sampras could dominate when his game was falling off, mainly because the serve wasn’t falling off—and it was great. Newcombe was a dominant server. Australia hasn’t produced another great Davis Cup team because they haven’t trained another dominant server. Hewitt is a competitor. He’s got some game. He’s not got a fearsome serve.

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