This week’s video article shows you how to thoroughly analyze a tennis serve not only from the technical / mechanical point of view but also from the mental one.

Having an incorrect mental image of the stroke is many times the original cause of incorrect technique as players do not develop flawed strokes just by some coincidence.

There’s always a reason and we have to dig deeper to uncover it.

I’d also like to thank Steven for allowing me to use the footage from our lessons for this article.

You’ll see go deep you can go into figuring out the reasons for problems on the serve and how we then worked on the toss and the throwing motion with feel based drills.

You’ll also see the reality of trying to change a certain movement and how you have to battle the old vs new programs in your practice sessions.

It’s a completely normal learning process but if you’re not aware of it it may frustrate you a lot.

The video runs for about 20 minutes – but took me around 20 hours to edit 😉 – so make sure you set some time aside for this serve video analysis.

Links to clips used in this video (no copyright infringement intended):

Ivo Karlovic serve:

Alexander Dolgopolov serve:


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  1. Tomaz, I like the fact you refer to one's own mental image and how the recorded image edits our perception. Through video I discovered I too was deliberately lagging the racquet arm, then having to hurry the rest of the movement just to meet the ball. Great work. Gordon

  2. This lesson made me feel sorry for tennis instructors everywhere, especially mine. One thing I've been slowly coming to realize is that to have really good form – killer form – and use it to great effect, to achieve great results, you must have PERFECT FUNDAMENTALS.

    That, I think, is Federer's "secret", which is really no secret at all. Just about every website on the Internet uses him as the model of perfection. And they're right, his form is FLAWLESS. We talk about his incredible talent, but we ignore his incredible work ethic. To hammer away on the basics like that, until you become a walking textbook, must take unimaginably-hard work and quasi-pathological persistence. Like, if he didn't get results, he probably would have been taken to a psychiatrIc hospital.

    Fortunately, for him and for us, he turned out to be pretty good. So, everybody, stop worrying about the windshield wiper and the buggy whip, start bending your knees and watch the ball.

  3. Great video, but I noticed on Tomaz's toss he threw it very high to the point where the ball was coming back down before he hit the ball? I thought this was a bad thing? Since the ball is coming back down and starts to speed up which makes the serve harder to hit?

  4. Wow, thanks soo much for this content Thomas !! You are really helping me learn this sport thanks to your videos. Amazing work man !

  5. Would it be ok to even have the racket to travel further. If I toss using your racket position, I fight the wrist opening into the waiter's serve. High tosses also a real challege/battle

  6. Another great training module for correcting service flaws. Also I noticed you stated that tennis is the most difficult sport to learn, absolutely agree.

  7. Your way of teaching is very analytical and you show correct comparisons, eventhough i am still a 9, biginner , because of your videos I improved a lot, because you explain it so I can understand the theory behind it. For example, people always look at the upperbody, one of your videos you show that the lower body is what the engine (power) drives the shot, which I try to incorporate and already have better results with. You are the best YT tennis coach. Keep it up!

  8. Very nice analysis as usual. However I noticed immediately the foot faults 🙂 always insightful and entertaining lessons though…

  9. I’ve struggled for years with exactly what your video shows. My toss is low and my right arm is way behind causing me to rush through my swing. No racquet drop at all. More of a push swing. Thank you so much. I have something to work on now. It’s been very frustrating for me since I have a good overhead which I’m happy with. Probably because my racquet is already up waiting for ball to come into hitting range.

  10. This is real good for any recreational player like me. Thank you so much! for explaining in such proper/methodological way.

  11. wow! I'm totally a beginner of this lawn tennis sport. I just started my practice yesterday. I searched some tips here in youtube and found your videos and it's really a great and helpful tip! can't wait to apply my learning on your video later on my practice today! love this sport. though at first when I watched a lawn tennis game I thought it's easy, easy to look at, but it's actually hard when you do it. indeed Sir you got all the description about visualization and mental aspects. So I need to do more practice. thanks for sharing, it's great!

  12. Thank you for making definitely the best explained videos about tennis I ever watched. Eagerly awaiting every new video

  13. Great way to teach tennis. I have been following your videos for quite some time. Bio mechanics , game cannot be taught by words but by drills ( feel it ). Keep up the great work tomaz. Your videos are inspiration not only to students but also to coaches . Understanding the physics ( physical motion) of game is really helping to understand the best way to execute the shot. Swing motion of left hand to generate momentum , high serve to load up the body , backwards racket movement to generate high angular momentum .

  14. Tomaz you are a true inspiration!! Your dedication and work ethic are really admirable, and without a doubt you inspire all your viewers!! You have been, for a while now 😊, and will remain to be a key component of my tennis journey. Thank you for the wisdom you impart on us all!!

  15. Thanks for the video; very instructive. I find similarities between tennis serve and playing piano. Each hand/arm does its own thing. Just like the doctor in your video, I tend to delay raising the racquet at the same time as I toss the tennis ball. I am so focused on making sure the toss is in the right place and the right height, that I find it very difficult to raise the racquet in my right hand at the same time. As a result, as you correctly pointed, I tend to rush to hit the ball. I don’t expect you to correct my problem, just whining 🙂

  16. Brilliant as usual ! particularly about the swaying/rocking motion prior to ball toss . A serve instruction can of course transform your entire game if successfully implemented. Many thanks ,

  17. Excellent advice. I lately double faulted a lot in my matches despite regular practice and couldn't understand why. Today before the match I went to practice serves with a higher toss, and it fixed the problem. I didn't even realize that I had a shallow toss till I saw the video. The rhythm came back, and all serves were in during my match. Also I became so much more relaxed and confident on my service motion. Everything fell in its place. Thank you, Tomaz.


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