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Tennis Serve Pronation – What is it by Jeff Lewis

Tennis Serve Pronation – What is it by Jeff Lewis

Tennis Serve Pronation – What is it? Serve PronationPronation in regards to a tennis serve as well as all throwing sports increase arm speed. In the case of tennis that equates to racquet head speed and thus ball speed. The bonus effect however in tennis is that the arm truning to the hit allows you to impart spin on the ball if striking while the arm is pronating. Power and spin are two reasons you should pronating. The problem is I almost never see any one naturally doing it. In my 22 plus years of teaching tennis, I am confident I can count on one hand the amount of times ive seen a person pick up a racquet having not played the sport, use a continental grip and pronate to the hit over their head. Much more common is a player grasping the racquet with a Forehand grip (aka pancake grip) and doing what comes natural…pushing the ball intot he box successfully.
The counter-intuitive nature of the serve persist through learning many of the fundamentals in tennis. This is why it’s so important to find qualified instrcutors in our sport. If allowed to do “what feels natural” you’re in for a long hard journey. Good fundamentals make sense, but the tennis court is a giant optical illusion and finding a tennis teacher to help you navigate this is vital. I hope the attched serve pronation video helps you better understand why and how to pronate.
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Jeff Lewis has been involved in the tennis industry for the past 22 years and has spent time with some of the best tennis teachers and players in the world. Teachers with research backed information and consistent results helping players achieve their goals. Now having a proven track record with developing players and programs himself, he looks forward to sharing the insights he has gained into one of the greatest lifetime sports available…..Tennis! 


Jeff currently serves as the Director of Tennis at the Rutgers Tennis Center at Hawaii Preparatory Academy on the Big Island of Hawaii where he is also the head boys and girls varsity tennis coach. Jeff has also been a member of the USPTR for the last 16 years. He enjoys creating online content which can be found at as well as his other social media profiles.

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