Serving Routine

Like many players, I’ve often experimented with different types of serves (jump float, standing float, jump spin, sky ball, etc.), trying to find the most effective yet consistent serve. However, the one thing I have never truly practiced is the PREPARATION before a serve. My entire career, up until recently, I focused only on improving the SERVE and never put much time into crafting my ROUTINE. This had been the biggest pitfall of my serving game. Now, after working with a sports psychologist, I’ve developed a routine so that it is the same every single time I walk back to serve. Beginning with walking to the back line, standing at my start-point behind the service line, my pre-serve mindset, and mastering my breathing, each step in this process is replicated time and time again. A routine is NOT a superstition but a way in which I can mindfully prepare before physically doing anything. Furthermore, a routine is an intentional action that helps you get closer to the “flow” state of mind. Some use routines for confidence and to feel prepared, others use it to focus, I use it for a little of both. In a match, a routine helps me to focus on not only making a crucial serve but also hitting it with pace and confidence. In practice, I use my serving routine to help put myself in game-like scenarios so I CAN hit those crucial serves, and hit them consistently, scoring real points in runs as seen in the video here against Ryan Doherty and John Hyden.