Tag Archives: Tennis Coaching

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Ying and Yang Energies

  • by wpadmin
  • May 18, 2018
  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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Float like a Butterfly and you’ll Sting like a Bee

  • by wpadmin
  This was a question asked to Julius Menendez, Muhammad Ali’s Olympic Coach by Bud Winter, author of his fantastic book called ‘Relax and Win’: Question:      Did Ali have any special exercise or tricks to get relaxed, or was he mostly born with the ability to relax? Answer:     Well, I am not […]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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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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The 3 Controls of Footwork

  • by wpadmin
  • November 7, 2016
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 >>
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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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Footwork tips

  • by wpadmin
  • July 18, 2016
  I read these tips in a fast foot ladder instructional manual written by a New Zealand company called SPSS (Speed Power & Stability Systems) and really thought the tips where great!!! ” Rapid footwork and correct foot placement is a critical factor in all sports at all levels. Without foot control there is no […]Read More >>
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Shifting Your Weight

  • by wpadmin
  • July 17, 2016
HOW we shift our weight from one leg to the other is very important….I call this mogul moving! RELAX one leg towards the other, we never “brace up” or move towards both at the same time. The tendency should always be for one leg to take more weight than the other. Remember to RELEASE and […]Read More >>