Join Date: Dec 2001
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It is not physically hard to change one's serving style, but apparently, to some players at least, it is a mental wall, that some players at least, great deal of difficulty climbing.
How did VENUS get so far with poor serving technique?
her raw talent was getting her undefeated in the juniors and she is apparently not to open to doing what she does not want to do.
An experienced, player should be able to get their serve technically sound in a few weeks of dedicated practice.
The second serve is a different issue.
Most amateur players and quite a few pros have this mental roadblock in which the fear of a double fault far exceeds the drop off in pace of the serve.
One method of helping to overcome this problem is to practice serving the 1st and 2nd serves at the same pace.
a little slower than the maximum speed on both serves.
for example in VENUS'S case: she has a 127 mph maximum and an average first serve speed around 115. Practicing serving both serves around 110 will help to gain the confidence to pick up the pace on that 2nd serve.
But, unless a player is willing to change, little will help them.
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