Get Rhythm and Get Better!

Rhythm – some players have it; some players don’t.  Improve your service rhythm and you could get better!

A rhythm or routine for your serve can drastically improve your serve’s consistency, power and placement.  This can apply to any skill level, and once you master your rhythm it will become second nature – and a habit you are happy to have.

Your serve’s rhythm comes with several sequences to complete the shot.

Step One

As you approach the baseline to serve – decide in your head EXACTLY where you will be placing the ball and what type of serve you will use.So the bubble above your head says “I am serving a power serve deep to their backhand.” Once that mental note is made – you turn off your brain and you know that exact serve will happen because you’ve done it hundreds of times – your muscle memory takes over. There are a variety of serves and one great video to show you a few is on “Pickleball 411”.

Step Two

Now you’re on the line and your opponents are in place.

Step Three

You or the referee says the score (wait for the entire score to be called!).

Step Four

Take a breath, RELAX (be in a relaxed state before you go to contact) and wait about TWO SECONDS to serve. Do not rush.When you rush, errors get made. Remember: you have 10 seconds to serve the ball after the score is announced. Another video from Pickleball Channel shows just this: Pickleball Quick Tip – Two Second Rule.

Step Five

Start your service motion. For us, we start our service motion by first hitting the ball on the ground once or twice and catching the ball.  Then we start the actual swing to hit the ball.You may have seen Alex’s additional motion – she actually takes 2 steps as she’s hitting the ball.  Jennifer just shifts her weight from her back foot to her front foot as she swings.  Find the motion that works for you and practice your rhythm.

Step Six

The sequence is now complete. Practice these steps, do them a hundred times, get your rhythm, and watch your serve improve… so get rhythm and get better!


8 comments on “Get Rhythm and Get Better!”

  1. Hi Jennifer and all, 2 years ago I got the ‘yips’ on serving and kept practicing after hours to get it back. Worked! Now back in same position and same problem. So–tried the ‘drop serve’ for awhile and that helped a bit, but didn’t have the speed and depth that I had 2 yrs ago. Have been working on the drop serve and with practice I have renewed confidence with speed and depth. Perhaps I can go back to original serve if the ‘drop serve’ rule goes away. Thanks USAPA for now! 🙂

  2. Jennifer, this tip helped. On two South Carolina tournaments coming up, I will be more prepared when serving.

    1. Karen, that is great news!Thanks for the feedback and best of luck in your upcoming tournaments – FUN!

  3. Thank you Jennifer! I take 1 step, in between both your routines.
    I love following you two! I’m a groupie & star struck fan when I have the pleasure of seeing you play or referee 🙂

    You’re awesome and I love your travel pics on Instagram, thanks again!

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