Second Serve Consistency, Kick & Power
That moment in the match when the burden of responsibility weighs you down and when the outcome of the set or even the match depends solely on your ability to hit a consistent second serve.
You know you have to hit a good second serve; otherwise, you'll be immediately attacked. If you miss the shot, you'll hand your opponent a free point.
The most painful and embarrassing way to lose a point in a tennis match is to defeat yourself!
And missing a second serve on a big point does exactly that – your opponent doesn't have to do a thing.
You know that you failed because of your poor second serve technique and because your nerves couldn't handle the pressure.
Tennis is one of the only sports where your opponent can win the match by doing nothing…by just waiting for you to double fault!
This is why I believe that developing a great second serve is the most important skill you can work on.
You cannot afford to fight valiantly for an hour in a set and then hand your opponent the win by missing a second serve when it matters the most.
If sports luck doesn't happen to be your on side on a big point, then at least lose the point by serving consistently and fighting like a warrior. Lose with dignity, knowing that you did the best you could.
But if you hand your opponent the set or the match by missing your second serve while your hands are shaking because you're insecure about your skills, then you know that the loss of the match is completely your fault.
And that feeling won't soon go away soon.
Hi, my name is Tomaz Mencinger, and I've been coaching for over 20 years.
I've worked with young competitive juniors, more serious tournament players who were competing on an international level and adult recreational tennis players who fought their battles in local leagues and tournaments.
And regardless of the level of player, all hated to lose a point on a second serve.
They all needed to master the second serve because handing free points to your opponent –especially on big points – becomes very costly in tennis matches.
I'd learned the basic method of teaching a second serve while completing my coaching certifications in both the ITF European system and the PTR American system. Despite this training, I was not yet getting the results I wanted with my students.
But as I spent the next 20 years working on the court for hours every day with different levels of players, I perfected my method of developing a reliable and effective second serve.
I had a unique advantage of having trained volleyball semi-professionally for 16 years before and during my tennis coaching career, and I had an acute awareness that the serving motion in tennis is very similar to a spiking motion in volleyball.
Because of that advantage, I always had an effortless and very reliable second serve that helped me win many tough matches.
I was able to explain in detail the way I hit a topspin serve so that my students learned the critical missing information that transformed their average second serves to really good ones.
I also experimented with a multitude of feel-based drills that worked much faster than verbal explanations since they bypassed the analytical mind (that tends to over-think) and helped players rapidly develop new feels for topspin and slice serves.
My step-by-step method of mastering the second serve now helps tennis players learn a topspin and a slice serve in a matter of hours, regardless of their level of play.
In fact, I even had the privilege of sharing my method of teaching and improving the serve at the USPTA Coaching Conference.
Presenting at the USPTA Coaches Conference in the fall of 2014 in San Francisco, USA.
This module includes my 7 proven progressions that build upon each other in the correct order and typically teach you how to hit your first topspin serve in your first session on the court.
Learn the key technical differences between the flat and the topspin serve in a side-by-side comparison in slow motion
Master the upward swing path and start reprogramming your old downward swing path from the flat serve
Learn how to spin the ball with a Continental grip - you'll do this with another feel-based exercise that works fast
Discover how to "hit up" using everyday objects like a court fence to develop new muscle memory in your service motion
Learn a variation of the follow-through that will help you maintain correct swing path for a topspin serve
Assemble the serve by putting all the steps together to start serving a topspin from the baseline
This process is very similar to the above with step-by-step progressions that develop the new variation of your service motion which applies slice on the ball.
At what angle to approach the ball and where exactly to hit it in order to create a slice effect
How to make the ball curve outwards by focusing on the edge of the racquet
How to increase the amount of slice on the ball so that it stays low after the bounce
How to correct the most common mistakes that hold you back (overrotation and hitting in the net)
And much more...
Once you've learned the basic techniques of the topspin and slice serves you need to take them to the next level. I've included my most effective drills that teach you how to add more spin, slice and power to your serves.
How to add more net clearance and minimize the number of serves in the net - by modifying your serving motion by just a fraction
How to add more spin to your topspin serves by focusing on the tip of the racquet and visualizing a certain swing path
How to add more slice to your slice serves so that the ball stays low and curves away more after the bounce
How to add more power to your second serves with gradual progressions that will build your trust in your ability to hit with power and yet keep the ball in
How to use your legs so that you gain power and kick off your topspin serves
Simply learning how to hit a second serve won't yet make you serve reliably under pressure in tough tennis matches. You need to actually practice serving under pressure and this module guides your from low pressure to high pressure drills.
My personal self-talk and rituals I perform when I play a match. I will walk you through all the stages of the serve and explain to you how I think.
How to start working on your consistency and accuracy in no pressure situations first so that you gain some trust in your skills
2 drills that create moderate pressure and help you develop that crucial second serve going to your opponent's weaker side
How to make your serve rock solid under pressure - by working on drills that demand high levels accuracy under high levels of pressure.
The Russian Roulette drill that forces you to be extremely accurate under maximum pressure that we can create in training situation. Once you can complete this drill, you have definitely reached the Mastery level of the second serve.
If you happen to get stuck at a certain stage of your topspin or slice serve development, you can always look up the solution in the challenges module, which presents the most common challenges players face and specific drills that help you overcome them.
A feel based drill demonstrated by a 9-year old showing you how to increase the amount of spin on your serves
How to solve the challenge of framing the ball that often happens when you start learning the topspin and slice serves
2 ways of dealing with an inconsistent toss in case you have troubles tossing the ball a bit more behind for a topspin serve
How to lower the trajectory of your topspin serves once you're ready for more aggressive serving where you'll hit with more speed
Another feel based drill that helps you increase the height of your topspin serve and get that safe net clearance
How to deal with a loss of feel for the spin or slice serve the next time you're on the court practicing. This happens to everyone and it's a part of a battle with old habits so you need to know how to overcome this challenge.
This module shows you two types of case studies. The first consists of before & after clips of players who followed my step-by-step progressions for the topspin serve technique.
These videos show you what's realistically possible to achieve in just a few lessons. Some of the "before & after" clips below are from a single session with me working on the topspin serve.
The second type includes a couple of 20-minute sessions where you can watch how I teach the player to hit his first topspin serve ever.
Of course, that topspin serve won't be perfect, but you will be able to see how the player struggles for a short period of time while he is reprogramming his movement and how eventually he "gets it" and is able to hit a few topspin serves.
These videos are important because you will see how "messy" the learning process is and how it's normal for there to be a period of time when the new movement you're trying to do is not happening immediately.
Never fear: you too will “get it” after a certain amount of repetition.
This will help you understand the learning process and be patient with yourself as you will likely come across similar struggles when learning topspin or slice serves.
You have a 60-day, full money-back guarantee, no questions asked. Use the full Second Serve Mastery video course for 8 weeks.
If you can't learn the topspin and slice serve techniques by following the videos and you don’t feel you have significantly improved the consistency of your second serves, then I will refund your purchase immediately.
Put the video course to the test and see how it works for you. With the full money-back guarantee, there’s no way you can lose.
P.S. If you really want to transform your second serve from a weakness into your strength that will hold up under pressure and prevent opponents from immediately putting you on defense with their return, then give this comprehensive course a try.
While I can't guarantee that you'll never double fault again, I can guarantee that you'll start the journey of improvement of your second serve that will continue well after you've completed this course – and that's because you'll have a technically sound foundation.
Not at all. If you look at the case studies video you’ll see that no one there had high level serve technique and yet they all quickly learned how to hit a topspin serve. In fact learning topspin and slice serve techniques will actually correct the “waiter’s tray” position and other mistakes in your overall serve technique.
If you’re at least a 3.0 NTRP player then you’ll learn the topspin and slice serves fairly quickly. As you saw in the case studies video I’ve successfully taught a 9 year old boy to hit technically very sound topspin serves, it just took a bit longer. The drills he used were exactly the same.
Most players hit their first topspin or a slice serve after going through the learning progressions which takes about 20-30 minutes. You will very likely have a nice and easy topspin serve after 2 weeks of practice assuming you’ll practice at least two times per week for 20-30 minutes. After that it only gets better.
You have permanent access to the course that never expires. Not only that, you can also download the videos to your PC, tablet or your smartphone and watch then without the need for internet connection.
If you work on all exercises presented in the Second Serve Mastery video course and you don’t see significant progress in your serve, then simply request a refund, no questions asked.