Building the Pinpoint Serve Part 1:
The Checkpoints

Pat Dougherty

In this remarkable new series on Tennisplayer, my long time friend Pat Dougherty is going to present a comprehensive approach to building the serve based on his decades of experience working at Bollettieri’s with players from all levels, up to and including many world ranked pros. Let’s start with the 16 checkpoints Pat uses to evaluate a players motion. In the upcoming articles he’ll show you how these components work together from the ground up.

Pat's association with the IMG Academy extends back to 1985, when he created the first off-court Hi-Tech program. Hi-Tech was an all-encompassing, video intensive off-court experience where students were able to explore every fundamental aspect of tennis. Pat's work at the Academy contributed in the development of many elite players including Kei Nishikori, Andre Agassi, Jim Courier, Tommy Haas, Monica Seles, Maria Sharapova and Nicole Vaidisova.

Also known as the "Serve Doctor", Pat produced the "Serve Doctor presents M.P.H." (Click Here.) In 1990, Pat received a patent for his Athletic Performance Belt, a training device which tennis commentator Mary Carillo referred to as, "a major breakthrough for developing tennis athletes". (Click Here.)


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