Tips For Service Toss

The serve is one of the most important strokes in tennis, the other being the service return.

Keep your Serving hand relaxed

Hold the ball like you would an egg and make sure you don’t hold it too tightly.

Relax your whole arm before you start your motion.

Use a stiff arm toss

That means that, your tossing forearm shouldn’t move for at least 3 seconds after you release the ball.

This is the most important point to keep in mind.

You want a steady toss and you want to place the ball in the same spot on every toss.

Because it helps you to focus only on your release point.

Start off slow

Your toss should start off slow and you need to flow into your motion.

Never do a quick toss during your motion, because this will only disrupt your timing on your serve.

Think slow, slow, and then whip through the ball with your service motion.

I don’t want to get too technical here on you guys in this article.

Club players need to focus on finding their release point with the toss and letting their serve flow, a great way to perfect the toss is to spend 10 minute before you start serving and place your racket about 2 feet to the right and in front of you.

Get in your service stance and relax your tossing hand.

The target is your racket face, hold the ball with 3 or 5 fingers, then pretend you are setting a dish up on your cabinet to get a better feel for the toss, see if you can do it over and over again.

Students should practice the serve toss for at least 15 minutes daily for a month to get their tossing action down, after that it should become natural to them.

Improve Smash in Badminton

Firstly, getting the right direction to the smash. This comes down to court awareness and the position of your body and leading arm. Get any of these wrong and you won’t hit the part of the court you were aiming for.

Secondly to get more power, you need the strength and power in the muscles that contract in order to play the shot, so the shoulders and forearm muscles need to be worked. To help keep balance and direction strong core muscles are also vital for stability.

Thirdly you need to hit the shuttlecock at the right point. To do this you should always be behind the shuttle, so that you make contact with it directly in front of you, ideally hit at the highest point forwards of your racket shoulder.

Your wrist should be ‘cocked’ or bent backwards before the shot and then snapped forwards at the point of impact to hit the shuttle with maximum power. This should resemble a whipping action.

Finally in order to get in to the right position, you need the fitness and speed to be able to move in front of the shuttlecock to be able to hit it properly.

To do this you’ll also need to ensure that your feet are in a ‘front to back’ formation with your weight forwards so that the thrust can be made from the back leg which will propel you forwards as you hit and follow through with the smash.

One final tip that you can use for developing power in your smash is to try watching the racket actually hit the shuttlecock, this way you might be able to see where things are going wrong.

These are some useful tips for how to improve your smash in Badminton, but ideally you should work with a coach or invest in some training DVD’s to see exactly how to play the shot properly.