Tag Archives: Coaching

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What do you say when you talk to yourself?

  • by wpadmin
  • May 18, 2018
  Research shows that you have 40,000 thoughts a day. 90% of this is with yourself of which 70% is negative. I bet you the great tennis players don’t fall into this 70% category because I really believe what you say is how you play!                      Read More >>
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The mosquito philosophy!

  • by wpadmin
  In my mind I keep a philosophy of commitment, desire and dedication. There has to be a bench mark set. If a client COMMITS to a fitness class designed for full time tennis players – let’s say a beach run and work out every Saturday morning. All the attendees MUST understand it is a group thing that relies on group […]Read More >>
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Ying and Yang Energies

  • by wpadmin
  Ying and Yang has always been applied to the training of martial artists. It is in martial arts where a soft approach (Ying) is in harmony with a hard approach (Yang). I believe the same should be applied to tennis. If through movement you emphasize firm, assertive, explosive movements in combination with pliable, yielding […]Read More >>
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The Educated Foot

  • by wpadmin
  • March 16, 2017
  Footwork patterns are a series of steps, starts, stances, turns, shifts and brakes. There are “out”, “recovery” and “brake” patterns (a footwork pattern being combination of all the above). All footwork patterns are glued together by a Contact and Balance Move. The “Educated Foot” = understanding how important the last step before the contact […]Read More >>
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Momentum – Running Water Never Grows Stale!

  • by wpadmin
  • November 7, 2016
Momentum – Running Water Never Grows Stale! Getting to the ideal recovery position too quickly can make you move off balance, or make your first step poor, especially if you tend to overrun the position or even get caught with the front leg crossed in front on the opponents contact with the ball. You should […]Read More >>
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Impose your Cadence!

  • by wpadmin
  • November 6, 2016
  Impose your Cadence! Cadence is the SPECIFIC RHYTHM at which a succession of movements is executed. Roger Federer, Andre Aggasi, Chris Evert and Martins Hingis have beautiful cadence. A correctly judged cadence permits the CALM CONTROL of every stroke. This control will allow the player to select, with more ease, the movements of attack […]Read More >>
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Speed ball with your feet

  • by wpadmin
  Speed ball rhythm with your feet! When on the baseline and moving left or right to a moderately wide and medium paced short or semi-deep ball a 3-beat or 5-beat rhythm can be used with your feet. I refer to this as a cha cha cha rhythm or a feet feet feet rhythm. Often, […]Read More >>
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Uptight = Poor Tennis

  • by wpadmin
Being ‘Uptight’ is horrible for tennis! My definition of “Up Tight” is being angry with yourself and this not only effects your movement but also your strategy, racket head speed and concentration levels. It is just that….. “Being Up” and “Being Tight”. You need to be ‘Down and Relaxed’. If you are UP…. then you […]Read More >>
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Feeling Attention

  • by wpadmin
  Whenever you stretch or work out lifting weights it is important to put your ‘Feeling Attention’ on the muscle group you want to target i.e. isolate the area you wish to work on and concentrate on working with good form and technique. It is the same when learning to move your feet. With The […]Read More >>
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Never (ever) Give Up…!

  • by wpadmin
If you don’t know who Harry Hopman is, then I suggest you research and find out, as he is considered a pioneer of tennis coaching and one of the best tennis coaches of all time. He was the most successful Davis Cup coach to ever live! I am going to tell you a great story […]Read More >>