In life, a first impression can determine whether a relationship gets off to a positive or a negative start. In essence, it is a tone-setter. Similarly, the effectiveness — or lack thereof – of your serve, — often determines whether or not you start a point in a positive/offensive position, or in a negative/defensive one. Therefore, your goal is to make your serve a weapon.

That said, unlike Tennis, where you have the safety net of having two serves to start the point, in POP Tennis, you only are allowed one underhand serve. So you have less margin for error on your one POP Tennis serve. The key for you is to be able to have an effective serve, with sufficient margin for error, so that you know – in crunch time – that you can safely execute a strong serve without (fear of) serving “out” or faulting. The means by which to accomplish this, is to hit your serve with spin — whether it be topspin, sidespin, underspin, or a combination of underspin and sidespin.

As you will see from our instructional videos (they will soon be up), Scott Freedman, Sol Hauptman, Russ Garber, and Will Segar have penetrating topspin serves that often put the person returning serve in a defensive position. Similarly, Daryl Lemon, Austin Doerner, Scott Doerner, and Roberto Donati have classic sidespin/underspin serves, which cause the serve returner to hit “up” on the ball. As a direct result, these servers and their doubles partners can make offensive volleys off their opponents’ less offensive/weak service returns.

All of the aforementioned individuals have one thing in common: They hit their serves with enough spin to insure that in almost all instances, they can serve aggressively without fear of faulting. Just watch the serving styles of these individuals and other top POP players to determine which serving style suits you the best. Then take some balls onto the court and practice your serve. Once you can offensively hit 8 or 9, out of 10 serves in the appropriate diagonal boxes,  you’re well on your way!

KL

Thank you for visiting POPTennis.comTennis is Poppin’!  We look forward to hearing from you and seeing you on the court.

POP Tennis is growing and quickly spreading across the world. To provide more information to the growing team of players of all ages, we are reconstructing and adding to POPTennis.com.

Some of the improvements and additions that you will see in the coming months will include the following;

Membership Opportunities: POP Tennis will make it easy to join the movement and be part of the cool social sport.

POP Ambassadors: Get involved and receive information on how to spread the word and sport of POP Tennis. We need leaders in the sport and want you to be one of them.

Clubs, Tournaments, Play Dates & Leagues: As more clubs sign up, you will easily be able to find a place to play, be social and have fun.

POP Tennis Newsletter: Stay updated and read about other POP enthusiasts.

Equipment: Information on where and how to purchase your favorite POP racquets, green dot low compression balls and cool POP swag.

We know you are excited to learn more and get back on the court so we will leave some introductions and announcements to the near future.

In the meantime, if you are interested in reading the history of Classic POP Tennis, videos, news links and other cool stuff continue on our current website.

Be sure to mark your calendars for July 29-30 for the N.Y. Open and October 7-8 for the Venice Beach Open!

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Thanks again and Keep Poppin’!