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TennisOne's Serve and Volley Secrets (2-disk DVD)

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Here it is – the secrets to better serves and volleys from some of TennisOne's top writers! We've extracted, re-organized, and re-mastered many of the best TennisOne articles, videos, and newsletters on serves and volleys over the past four years.

We've packed 3.0 hours of stunningly crisp video instruction (typically 2-3 DVDs) into this 2 DVD set you'll want to keep in your tennis library for years to come. When you want a tune-up on your serve or volley, you'll always have the best minds in the game ready at hand. This is high-quality, jewell-case, plastic-wrapped DVD product with custom art work insert.

There are a total of 47 individual video lessons from three of TennisOne's world-class staff:

  • Jim McLennan, TennisOne Editor
  • Doug King, TennisOne Senior Writer
  • Ken DeHart, TennisOne Associate Editor and Master PTR Pro
  • Pat Dougherty, "The Serve Doctor," Bollettieri Academy
  • Christophe Delavaut, USPTA-PTR Pro, Director of Tennis
  • Michael McDowell, USPTA-PTR Pro, Director of Tennis
  • Ken Flach, former #1 Doubles player in the world
  • Tim Mayotte, former top ten ATP player
  • Doug Eng, USPTA Pro, College Coach

The topics in this 2-DVD set include:

  • Serve
    • Footwork
    • Preparation
    • Toss
    • Swing
    • Form
  • Volley
    • Foundation
    • Quicktips
    • Half-Volley
    • Backhand Volley
    • Art of Volley

Here is a brief description of all 48 video lessons:

TennisOne's Serve Secrets DVD

In this DVD, you will develop a killer serve by learning:

  • Better grip and handling of racquet.
  • Better leg drive.
  • Improved body loading to store power.
  • When and how much to bend knees.
  • Alignment of shoulders to cart-wheel like the pros.
  • Feel and alignment of hand, wrist, arm and rhythm of toss.
  • Why you don't "scratch your back" on the racquet drop.
  • Alignment of arm through contact.
  • Whip-like pronation for killer speed.
  • Developing spin for 1st and 2nd serve effectiveness.
  • CONFIDENCE that you're executing this complex skill with the proper technique.


  • Feet on the Serve. Jim McLennan discusses on how to position the feet on the serve.
  • Platform Serve. Jim McLennan discusses how to use your feet on the serve, particularly using the platform serve stance, becoming more aware of your "centeredness."


  • Throwing and Serving. Jim McLennan describes how throwing and serving are pulling motions, and how there are so many elements in common while a few crucial differences.
  • Racquet Position on Serve. Jim McLennan talks about how the best servers have the racquet off-angle on impact, with the racquet head moving across the ball.
  • Serve - Preparation, Michael McDowell


  • Role of the Toss. Jim McLennan talks about the role of the toss and what is going wrong with so many serve tosses, particularly on the women's side. He talks about copying the best models, the great modern servers.
  • The Ball Toss, Christophe Delavaut. 


  • Fire the Extensors. Jim McLennan talks about which muscles get fired when you serve.
  • Leading with the Elbow. Jim McLennan discusses the "leading elbow," how it leads in pitching and serving.
  • Thumbs Down. Jim McLennan describes how pitchers and servers end with their thumbs down on the finish.
  • Hammer that Serve. Pat Dougherty talks about how to get the power to the head of the racquet and generate good contact with the ball. 
  • The Cylinder Whip. Pat Dougherty
  • Whip-like Serve. Jim McLennan talks about pitching, serving and snapping a whip are all very similar, concluding with a whip snapping demonstration.


  • Serve Comparison, S. Williams vs M. Sharapova. Jim McLennan shows  you how Serena's serve toss is lower and her motion more simple.
  • Form on the Toss. Doug King talks about holding form on the serve, with the arms "holding form" as an "upturned forehand" on the serve.
  • Fosbury Flop. Doug King discusses how the Fosbury Flop high-jump can be a model for serving.
  • Lost Art of the Serve. Doug King discusses the role of the serve in the modern game, with particular emphasis on how the serve has lagged behind the rest of the game.  He looks at some of the common myths of the serve, including reaching up as high as you can to serve.
  • Serve - Swing, Michael McDowell

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TennisOne's Volley Secrets DVD

In this DVD, you will become a better volleyer by learning:

  • Volley foundation, the key to all volleys.
  • How the volley is really a stroke, not a punch or block.
  • Timing and execution of the split-step.
  • How far you take-back racquet on volley.
  • Proper orientation to the ball.
  • Alignment of racquet through contact.
  • Understanding and use of the feet as critical for the volley.
  • Develop touch and feel on the volley.
  • How to handle all kinds of volley situations, from fast-exchange volley, to half-volley at net and baseline, swinging volley, to cut and angled volley situations.
  • CONFIDENCE that you can handle any volley situation and put pressure on your opponent and win more matches.

Volley Foundation

  • Volley Foundation, Part 1. Doug King examines three types of volleys, the punch volley, the drive volley, and the cut or touch volley. He examines the underlying foundation for all these different types of volleys, but also explains the differences.
  • Volley Foundation, Part 2. Doug King goes over a volley drill that allows you to find your foundation volley, the movement, stroke path that is similar between all different types of volleys.

Volley Quicktips

  • Staying Low on Volley. Tim Mayotte explains how to get low on the volley by bending with the knees, not the back, ensuring racquet face stays in alignment with ball.
  • Half-Volley. Tim Mayotte says the two critical tasks to execute the half-volley are get the racquet face behind the ball and keep the racquet face closed.
  • Sweeping the Carpet on Half-Volley. Doug King shows you how to get low on the half-volley and maintain the right body posture and racquet alignment.
  • The Swinging Volley. Doug Eng shows you a simple 4-step progression to add this weapon to your game.
  • Footwork for No-Time Volley. Ken DeHart shows you a nifty footwork trick to handle the ball when you have no time at the net.
  • Better Prepared for Volley. Ken DeHart shows you how to use a broom to practice being ready to volley.
  • When to Hit Angled Volley. Ken DeHart shows you when to hit the angled volley in doubles.
  • Get Down on the Volley. Ken DeHart uses a bench to give players a feel for getting down on the volley.
  • Handling Fast Exchanges. Ken DeHart discusses how to step forward with the appropriate leg to handle fast exchanges at the net.
  • The Lob Volley. Ken DeHart shows you when and how to execute this specialty shot that can get you out of awkward positions at the net. 
  • Low Forehand Volley. Ken DeHart shows you how to lead with the leg/foot that is on the same side as your racquet hand, enabling you to move easily from this crouched position. 
  • Cone Volley. Ken DeHart shows you how to develop quiet hands at the net using a cone as a training aid.
  • Soft Hands. Ken DeHart shows you how to develop soft hands at the net with a nifty volley drill.
  • Conan Volley. Ken DeHart shows you a drill using a cone and your hand (Conan) to develop quiet hands.
  • Finesse and Power Volleyer.  Ken DeHart shows you the difference between the technique and mentality of these two types of volleyers.
  • Feel for Low Volley. Jim McLennan discusses how to develop feel for the low volley by embracing underspin from both sides and from positions deeper in the court.
  • Knifing the Volley. Jim McLennan shows you how to carve or knife your volleys.
  • Mid-Court Volley. Jim McLennan shows you how to take those floating mid-court balls, volley them in the air and move forward to close the point.
  • Playing Angled Volley. Jim McLennan shows you the Dent strategy of cornering your opponent with an approach volley so that you can play the angled volley to win the point.
  • Playing Above the Net. Jim McLennan discusses how important it is to volley the ball above the net. Positioning for Volley. Jim McLennan discuses the nuances of positioning, how to corner your opponent and be standing in-between their probably return angle.

The Half-Volley

  • The Half-Volley. Jim McLennan shows the keys to the half-volley, including using the rebound of the ball correctly and using a short "bump" action. 
  • Baseline Half-Volley. Jim McLennan discusses how to handle the ball that lands just inside the baseline, how you should prepare early and borrow pace.
  • The Half-Volley. Christophe Delavaut discusses the common threads of how the pros execute the half-volley, including use of continental grip, little backswing, and staying low. 

Backhand Volley

  • The Backhand Drop Volley. Jim McLennan discusses the tactical situation for executing this shot and how to carve beneath that ball and take pace off.
  • Backhand Underspin and Backhand Volley. Jim Mclennan discusses the common elements of the underspin backhand and backhand volley. Almost all good backhand volleyers also have good underspin backhand grounstrokes. Learn why.

Art of the Volley

  • Slow Hands. Doug King shows you how to develop quick feet and slow hands at the net.
  • The Art of the Volley. Ken Flach shows you the nuances of this mis-understood stroke. That the volley is not a block or punch, but a stroke.

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