TFP 081: How the Kinetic Chain Impacts Your Serve with Dr. Mark Kovacs

TFP 081: How the Kinetic Chain Impacts Your Serve with Dr. Mark Kovacs

On Episode 81 of The Tennis Files Podcast, I spoke with world-renowned sports performance expert Dr. Mark Kovacs about the 8-stage model of the tennis serve.  I spoke with Dr. Kovacs about the role of the kinetic chain in the serve on The Tennis Technique Summit that I previously hosted, and it was voted the most favorite session of the event.  That's why I decided to bring the audio of that session to this episode's podcast to help you improve your serve and get more power, fluidity, and explosiveness on the most important stroke in the game.

Mark is a performance physiologist, researcher, professor, author, speaker and coach with an extensive background training and researching elite athletes. He has been featured in many of the biggest sports and news publications, including ESPN, the New York Times, and Tennis Magazine. Mark was also a top college player at Auburn and achieved a world ranking on the ATP Tour.  I also have two of Mark's books: Tennis Anatomy and Complete Conditioning For Tennis (2nd Edition).

Mark is also the co-founder of the International Performance Tennis Association, of which I am a proudly certified Tennis Performance Trainer, and the founder of The Kovacs Institute.  Mark routinely gives presentations around the world about sports performance and training, and I feel very lucky to have had his support on the podcast and my tennis summits.

On this episode, we talk about Mark's 8-stage model of the tennis serve and how using your kinetic chain fully and in the proper sequence is the key to having a great serve.

I really hope you enjoy my interview with Mark!   Let us know what you think about this episode in the comments below!

Show Notes

  • The 8-Stage Model of the Tennis Serve:
    • Start
    • Release
    • Loading
    • Cocking
    • Acceleration
    • Contact
    • Deceleration
    • Finish

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