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Video:Quick Tip: Perfect the Point of Contact for a Basic Serve

with Jeff Cooper

The point of contact for a tennis serve is the most important factor in getting the ball to go where you want it to. Watch this video from About.com to learn an ideal point of contact.See Transcript

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Transcript:Quick Tip: Perfect the Point of Contact for a Basic Serve

Hi, I'm Jeff Cooper for About.com, here to help you perfect the point of contact for a basic serve.

What Is the Point of Contact for a Serve?

Point of contact is the most important factor in your serve. If you meet the ball too low, you're going to lose power and probably hit the net. If you meet the ball too forward, your racquet's going to be tilting down by the time you hit the ball, and you'll also hit the net.

Tips for Perfecting the Point of Contact for a Serve

If you meet the ball too far back, your racquet's going to be tilting up, and you'll probably hit long. If you meet it too far out to the right, you're going to lose power and reach. If you meet it too far to the left, you're going to lose the natural flow of your swing, which will also cost you power.

Your ideal point of contact is about a foot to your right and a foot in front of your head with your arm fully extended.

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