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Chapter 2

The second chapter of the book A Pickleball Life contains links to posts about the serve, including its technique, strategies, and the rules that govern it.


The Serve - Summary #1     (Posted 11/23/2016)

The 10 Commandments about the Serve
1. Keep the serve in-bounds.
2. Hit the serve deep.
3. Stay behind the baseline until the return of serve is struck.
4. Target the returner's backhand.
5. Add speed and/or spin to the serve.
6. Flatten the service motion to add depth and speed.
7. Keep it legal.
8. Vary the speed and direction of the serve.
9. Choose an offensive or defensive position from where to serve.
10. Practice serves...with a purpose.

Details on these principles are found in the following posts.
Click on the link below to show the full post.

Service Rules     (Posted 11/7/2015)
> Pickleball Channel - The Underhand Serve

Answers to Rules Quiz - Serve     (Posted 3/29/2016)
> Pickleball Channel - The Power Serve with Slow Motion

Answers to Rules Quiz - More Serve     (Posted 4/5/2016)
> Jeff Napier - Crazy Pickleball Serve
> All About Pickleball (Pickleball Rocks) - Explaining the Pickleball Serving Rules

A New Serve     (Posted 7/5/2016)
> Steve Paranto - New pickleball service rule change

What is an Illegal Serve     (Posted 5/31/2017)
> Keith Bing - Legal & Illegal Serve (Keith Bing)

A Serve Test     (Posted 6/1/2017)
> Mark Renneson - Pickleball Serving: Is It Legal?

Service Motion     (Posted 11/16/2015)
> Deb Harrison - Serving for Success

A Variety of Serves     (Posted 10/17/2016)
> Pickleball Channel - A Special Look at Serves in Slow Motion from the Huntsman World Senior Games

Advanced Serving     (Posted 11/22/2016)
Mark Renneson – Third Shot Sports - Forehand Pickleball Serve
Mark Renneson – Third Shot Sports - How to Serve Like the Pros

Reinventing my Game - The Serve     (Posted 4/17/2017)

Reinventing my Game - The Topspin Serve     (Posted 4/18/2017)
Mark Renneson – Third Shot Sports - Pickleball Topspin Serve

Serving Focus     (Posted 4/20/2017)
Mark Renneson – Third Shot Sports - How to Serve Like the Pros

Serving with Power     (Posted 4/21/2017)
Mark Renneson – Third Shot Sports - Pickleball Pro Serving Technique

Service Yips     (Posted 6/5/2017)

Change Mechanics to Fix the Yips?     (Posted 6/6/2017)
> Deb Harrison - Pickleball Tidbit: Loosing Your Serve

A Comprehensive Answer to the Yips     (Posted 6/7/2017)
> Sarah Ansboury & RV Pickers - Oh Sh?%: Lost Your Serve

What if the Yips are not Psychological     (Posted 6/8/2017)

Service Yips - a Novice Opinion     (Posted 6/9/2017)
> Pickleball Channel - Unique Backhand Serve with Slow Motion

Service Strategies     (Posted 11/20/2015)
> Mark Renneson – Third Shot Sports - No Short Serves! 
> Mark Renneson – Third Shot Sports - Gaining an easy advantage with the serve 
> Pickleball Channel - Three Serves and Why You Need Them 
> Deb Harrison - Add Variety to Your Serves

Sarah talks Serving     (Posted 6/18/2016)
> Sarah Ansboury - Pickleball Serves

Serve Variations from Sarah     (Posted 10/1/2016)

Taking Risks on the Serve     (Posted 9/21/2016)
> Mark Renneson – Third Shot Sports - PB Myth # 18: You Should Never Miss Your Serve

Where to Serve     (Posted 10/1/2016)
> Jeff Napier - Where to Serve

Serve Deep     (Posted 11/21/2016)
> Jeff Napier - Serve Deep

Targeting : Where and Why - The Serve     (Posted 9/7/2017)

Aspen's Advice: The Serve     (Posted 4/19/2017)

Positioning for the Serve     (Posted 8/11/2016)

Positioning after the Serve     (Posted 8/12/2016)
> Mark Renneson – Third Shot Sports - Serve and Stay

Service Drills     (Posted 12/26/2015)

Serving Pactice     (Posted 3/12/2016)
> Mark Renneson – Third Shot Sports - Pickleball Strategies: Serving Strong

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