Tag Archives: Movement

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The mosquito philosophy!

  • by wpadmin
  • May 18, 2018
  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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Act Quickly (But Don’t Hurry)

  • by wpadmin
One of my most influential mentors is a very famous legendary Basketball coach called John Wooden he would say to his players – ” When you hurry, you tend to make mistakes. On the other hand, if you can’t execute quickly, you may be too late to accomplish your tasks. It’s a delicate but crucial balance” I […]Read More >>
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Being ‘Up Tight’ is horrible for tennis!

  • by wpadmin
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 jump and use no lower body […]Read More >>
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Zhang Shaui Attacking Contact Moves

  • by wpadmin
  • November 9, 2017
Watch Zhang Shaui WTA world number 24 and Australian Open Quarter Finalist hitting tennis balls on court using Attacking  Contact Moves with David Bailey. Attacking moves like the Loaded Transfer, Step Down, Front Foot Hop and Low Spin are all about taking time away from you opponent by using a neutral stance or hitting with […]Read More >>
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Balance in Tennis – tips, quotes and teaching points

  • by wpadmin
  • March 16, 2017
•            Balance is a more encompassing term than footwork training as it involves the whole body just not the feet •            A fundamental for balance in tennis is get the outside foot behind the ball and both feet facing the side fence •            Another fundamental is always keep your base when moving to the ball  […]Read More >>
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The Educated Foot

  • by wpadmin
  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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Footwork / Fitness Comments – French Open 2007

  • by wpadmin
Footwork / Fitness Comments – French Open 2007 In this blog I am quoting comments made on Fox Sports by a good friend of mine and great tennis commentator, Wally Masur, at the French Open in 2007. Wally is a past US Open Semi-finalist and past Australian Davis Cup Coach.   ”The reason why (Raphael) Nadal […]Read More >>
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The 3 Controls of Footwork

  • by wpadmin
The 3 Controls of Footwork Tennis is a game of taking control, maintaining control and regaining control – be it control of your body, racket, emotions or tactics. This blog is about taking control of your balance, movement and footwork. A great tennis athlete is one who rallies, attacks and defends with equal ability. You […]Read More >>