Serving is one of the most difficult skills to tackle in many sports, including tennis, volleyball and badminton. Most amateur players serve well enough to get by without realizing that a good serve is an effective weapon. To attain functional serving skill, use drills that emphasize good technique and can be used in a repetitive manner. The more you practice and strive to improve your form, the better you'll become.
High serves move an opponent to the back of the court. To begin, stand three feet behind the service line, assuming an athletic stance with knees slightly bent. Hold the racket just below shoulder level and the shuttle by the feathers. Drop the shuttle in front of the racket and hit it. Follow through by bringing your racket to the opposite side of your head, like a baseball swing. When you understand form, set up several large buckets just inside the court boundaries at the far back of the court. Hit 30 shuttles in three minutes. Add a point for every shuttle that makes it into a basket, and subtract a point for hitting the shuttle over the boundary line in the back of the court. Subtract a point when you forget to follow through with the swing. Build on your score.
Form for the low service is similar to the high serve, the difference being how close to the net tape it passes over. To change the height of the trajectory, hit the shuttle below waist level, with a lower angle in your forearm and wrist. Stand three feet behind the service line and assume an athletic stance with knees slightly bent. Hold the racket at your waist line and hold the shuttle at the feathers. When you hit, push the shuttle with the face of the racket. For a low serve drill, place a target just above the net. Lower the target continually as you continue to hit it. Eventually, the tip of the target should hang just above the tape of the net. When you can hit this target five times, you'll be better at hitting a low serve without hitting the net during games.
A flick serve uses the wrist and gives players an option when being rushed in a doubles game. Begin by using the forehand position. Act as though you're going to push the shuttle over the net, similar to the low serve, but instead flick your wrist, sending the shuttle up and over the net in a high, semi-circular trajectory. Set the drill up by having two players on one side of the net and one on the other. Have the double's players rush the single player, forcing her to flick serve. Repeat until the right trajectory is accomplished five times.
A drive serve is an attack move. The shuttle flies over the net faster and on an angular trajectory, much like a volleyball attack. For this drill, assume an athletic stance with knees bent, positioned behind the service line. Put the leg opposite your racket hand forward with racket behind the leg for preparation. Hold the shuttle by the feathers and drop it to the racket side of the body. When the shuttle gets just above waist level, smash it by swinging the racket forward while keeping the racket at waist level. Let your forearm do most of the work in this serve. Hit 20 shuttles continuously until you achieve a flat angle over the net.
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