Top Tips for Improving Your Pickleball Serve
By: Tony Roig | January 18, 2024 |

Top Tips for Improving Your Pickleball Serve

A good serve is exactly what you need to start the point off right, especially since you’re the serving team. And unless you’re playing rally scoring, it’s the only time that you can score points.

Number one

Contact needs to be made in front of your body. So when you’re hitting a serve, you need to make contact with the ball out in front.

Serve tip number two

Follow through with the paddle in the direction of your target.

Think of having four balls, one after another in the direction of the target, and the paddle is going to move through those four balls.

That’s what creates consistency in terms of direction.

Using the drop serve? Tip no. 3

The drop serve is so beneficial for players because by having that drop, it generally adjusts or readjusts our timing and gives us a chance to make more consistent contact with the ball.

The only thing you can’t do with it essentially is propel it down. I can’t throw it down, can’t toss it up. I just need to allow the ball to drop from my hand.

When I’m doing a drop serve, one of the things I like to do is I like to hold in front of me and allow the ball to drop.

Links mentioned in the video

→  Getting Started Beginner Materials here

Tony Roig

Hola. Hello. Konichiwa. After 40 years playing tennis, I am now a full-time pickleball player and professional. As a 5.0 rated Senior Pro Pickleball Player and an IPTPA-certified Master Teaching Professional, my focus is on helping players like you learn to play their best pickleball. In 2016, shortly after starting to play pickleball, my friend Tom and I jumped into the highest division at the first US Open in Naples, Florida. That morning it became clear just how much there is to learn in this seemingly simple sport – a lifetime of learning if you so choose. Since 2018, I have been on a mission to share my knowledge of pickleball so other players can enjoy the game at a higher level and attain their pickleball objectives. When not studying or playing pickleball, I like to travel with my other half, Jill.