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Improve your return of serve – Tracking the ball drill December 8, 2014

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Description: Check out former top 20 WTA player Leslie Allen with a drill that will improve a player’s tracking skills, which are needed on the return of serve.


Tip:

The serve and return are the most important shots in the game of tennis as they start out every point. Many players spend time practicing their serve, but not as much practicing their return. We receive 50 percent of the time, so why not spending an adequate amount of time improving and owning this shot?

A common problem among players is to be late on the return. There are many factors that cause this issue, but this week we will focus on tracking skills. We have former top 20 WTA player Leslie Allen showing us a drill that will help your players improve these skills, and therefore improve their return game.

Watch more videos on the return of serve on TennisResources.com. Simply type “return” in the Quick Search or choose the Advanced Search on the upper left-hand corner and select Return under the Specific shots category. Watch tips, lessons and drills on your computer, laptop or iPhone whether you are at home, on the court or on the road.


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Movement drill – In the pocket November 10, 2014

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Description: This hand-fed drill works on groundstrokes, movement and conditioning. The balls are fed randomly and force the player to change direction quickly moving side to side, up and back, and around the ball. The player needs to be focused and react very quickly. All shots are hit down the line.


Tip:

Many players believe that having good hand and racquet skills is enough to being a successful tennis player. As many of us know, the best tennis players are the best athletes. It’s simple: if you can’t get to the ball, you can’t hit it.

Players need to spend time practicing their footwork and movement on the court. The better they become at moving and getting to the ball on time, the easier the hitting will be. And the fitter they become, the less errors caused by fatigue during matches. This week’s tip features USPTA Master Professional Rick Macci with a drill that works on explosive first step, movement, footwork and change of direction. By increasing the number of hits, the drill will improve endurance and conditioning on the court.

The drill can be done with all players of all levels simply by scaling the feeds according to the player’s level.

Watch more movement drills videos on TennisResources.com. Simply type “footwork” or “movement” in the Quick Search or choose the Advanced Search on the upper left-hand corner to select Footwork under the Drill/Lesson category. Watch tips, lessons and drills on your computer, laptop or iPhone whether you are at home, on the court or on the road.


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Teaching tips for red court players – Hand before racquet exercises October 27, 2014

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OC81_04_Jones_Hand_before_racquet.mp4-thumb-1Teaching tips for red court players – Hand before racquet exercises

Description: Many young children struggle with tossing and catching. Here is Craig Jones with some tips on how to improve these skills that will facilitate the transition to racquet and playing.


Tip:

Working with young children can be a challenging task but a lot of fun at the same time, especially when you witness their successes based on the instruction you just gave them. Tossing, catching, throwing, rolling, bouncing and hitting, among several other skills, are part of the athletic foundation needed for tennis play.

This week’s tip focuses on developing the skills needed to maneuver the racquet at a young age. USTA Director of Youth Play and Competition Craig Jones highlights the importance of “hand before racquet” exercises and shares some progression drills that will help players improve their catching skills and their transition to the tennis racquet. Take a look!

Watch more 10 and Under videos on TennisResources.com. Simply type “red” or “orange” in the Quick Search or choose the Advanced Search on the upper left-hand corner to select 10 and Under age group under the Demographics category. Watch tips, lessons and drills on your computer, laptop or iPhone whether you are at home, on the court or on the road.


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The racquet drop on the serve October 13, 2014

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OC88_04_Salzenstein_The_Racquet_Drop.mp4-thumb-1The racquet drop on the serve

Description: USPTA Elite Professional and former ATP player Jeff Salzenstein talks about the importance of the racquet drop on the serve. Check out the following progression drills that will help players develop a relaxed arm and therefore a more efficient serve.


Tip:

The serve is one of the most important shots in the game of tennis, and for many players is one of the most challenging shots to develop and master. The serve involves several parts and each part needs to flow into the next in order for the execution to be smooth and effortless. For that reason, teaching the serve in progressions can make the learning process much easier.

This week’s tip features USPTA Elite Professional and former ATP player Jeff Salzenstein discussing the racquet drop. He emphasizes the importance of having a relaxed arm during the serve and shares a few progression drills that will help your players improve this aspect.

Watch more serving drills on TennisResources.com. Simply type “serve” in the Quick Search or choose the Advanced Search on the upper left-hand corner to select Serve under the Specific Shots category. Watch tips, lessons and drills on your computer, laptop or iPhone whether you are at home, on the court or on the road.


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Hand-feeding exercises – The 4 V’s September 29, 2014

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Description: USPTA Master Professional Emilio Sanchez Vicario demonstrates the four V patterns coaches and players can use in hand-fed drills. Each V pattern helps develop defensive and offensive shot selection, and each drill can help a player develop footwork, movement and physical fitness.


Tip:

We cannot stress enough the importance of footwork and movement in tennis. A key to successful stroke production is being able to get to the right place at the right time while maintaining good balance. In addition, the endurance that is required for a player to last throughout long matches is many times a challenging factor.

This week we have Emilio Sanchez-Vicario demonstrating a sequence of hand-feeding drills that will help players improve their footwork and movement on the court. The exercises work on different movement patterns – emphasizing good balance and hitting the ball in the upper-level strike zone (above waist level). Increasing the number of repetitions will also help players improve their endurance on the court.

These exercises can be performed with players of all levels and ages by simply scaling your feeds according to their level. Advanced players can do more repetitions with more challenging feeds.

Watch more movement drills on TennisResources.com. Simply type “movement” or “footwork” in the Quick Search or choose the Advanced Search on the upper left-hand corner to select Footwork and Movement under the Technical category. Watch tips, lessons and drills on your computer, laptop or iPhone whether you are at home, on the court or on the road.


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Movement September 16, 2014

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Description: There is no question that tennis is a game of movement. Check out Mark Kovacs, Ph.D., talking about the types of movement on the tennis court.


Tip:

Movement and footwork are the foundation for building solid technique in tennis. A player can develop great form on his or her groundstrokes but will not be very successful if he or she can’t move to the ball efficiently and be balanced at contact.

Tennis requires lots of multidirectional movement including lateral, diagonal and up and back. It requires quickness, explosiveness and strength while being fluid. Work with your players on developing all these movement patterns for the different situations that occur during match play. Hitting the ball becomes so much easier when you move well.

Watch more tips on the “movement” on TennisResources.com. Simply type “movement” in the Quick Search or choose the Advanced Search on the upper left-hand corner to select Footwork and Movement under the Technical category. Watch tips, lessons and drills on your computer, laptop or iPhone whether you are at home, on the court or on the road.


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Improve your serve – Throw the ax September 2, 2014

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Tip_41-_Rick_Macci_-_Throw_the_Ax.mp4-thumb-1Improve your serve – Throw the ax

Description: Here is Master Professional Rick Macci with a tip on improving the serve motion. He uses the analogy of throwing an ax to explain the type of motion players should use when hitting a serve.


Tip:

The serve is one of the most critical shots in the game. It’s the shot that starts 50 percent of your points and having a proper technique is key in minimizing errors and becoming more successful on those serving games.

There are several common issues among players of different levels, but today we’re going to emphasize the grip and its impact on the forward swing. The grip sets the tone of the racquet’s face at contact and therefore the direction in which the ball will be sent. In this week’s tip USPTA Master Professional Rick Macci discusses the importance of the continental grip and how it affects the forward swing and pronation. Check out his analogy of throwing an ax to describe how the racquet travels up to the ball!

Watch more tips on the “serve” on TennisResources.com. Simply type “serve” in the Quick Search or choose the Advanced Search on the upper left-hand corner to select Serve under the Specific Shots category. Watch tips, lessons and drills on your computer, laptop or iPhone whether you are at home, on the court or on the road.


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Tactics to use against an aggressive baseliner – Isolate the weakness August 11, 2014

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OC80_05_Square_stance-Mobile.mp4-thumb-1Tactics to use against an aggressive baseliner – Isolate the weakness

Description: Although aggressive players have solid strokes on both sides, one side is always weaker than the other. Learn how to spot and attack the opponent’s weakness.


Tip:

Being able to recognize the opponent’s strengths and weaknesses is one of the important tools a player needs for his game plan. Even though many times the opponent might look well-rounded and unbeatable, there might be a shot or a specific part of his game that is not as great and can be exploited. Is his/her backhand weaker than his forehand? Does he/she respond well to high balls from above the shoulder? Does he/she struggle when hitting on the run? Try paying close attention to your opponent’s abilities next time you compete and look for those areas that you need to act upon. Being able to maximize your strengths and exploit the opponent’s weaknesses is key in winning more matches.

This week’s tip features USPTA Master Professional Jorge Capestany with a live ball drill that works on placement and patterns of play. Being able to accurately and effectively send the ball to the intended target is the foundation of successful patterns of play and tactics.

Watch more drills on TennisResources.com. Simply type “drills” in the Quick Search or choose the Advanced Search on the upper left-hand corner to select the Drill/Lesson category. Watch tips, lessons and drills on your computer, laptop or iPhone whether you are at home, on the court or on the road.


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Watch more drills on TennisResources.com. Simply type “drill” in the Quick Search or choose the Advanced Search on the upper left-hand corner to select Drill/Lesson category. Watch tips, lessons and drills on your computer, laptop or iPhone whether you are at home, on the court or on the road.

Footwork patterns – Lift and land July 29, 2014

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Description: Here is USPTA Elite Professional and former top 100 ATP player Jeff Salzenstein discussing a footwork pattern that should be used when hitting balls from the middle of the court.


Tip:

Footwork and movement are such important factors in today’s game but are not emphasized enough during practices. In addition to practicing their strokes, overall movement and conditioning, players should spend time developing quick feet and especially a variety of footwork patterns for the different scenarios that occur during point play. Having several footwork patterns in their arsenal and knowing when to use them will help players deliver their shots more effectively and therefore win more points.

This week’s tip features USPTA Elite Professional and former top 100 ATP player Jeff Salzenstein discussing a footwork pattern that he encourages players to use when hitting balls from the center of the court while moving inside the baseline.

Watch more videos on footwork on TennisResources.com. Simply type “footwork” in the Quick Search or choose the Advanced Search on the upper left-hand corner to select Footwork under the Drill/Lesson category. Watch tips, lessons and drills on your computer, laptop or iPhone whether you are at home, on the court or on the road.


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Steps to a successful drill June 24, 2014

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Description: Here are a few tips on how to make your drills effective during practice.


Tip:

We all use drills and games each and every day in our lessons and clinics. Here are a few guidelines to keep in mind to make the drills beneficial so that our students get the most out of them:

  • Warm up
  • Progress to drills
  • Communicate drill efficiently
  • Be aware of court safety
  • Make each game realistic
  • Feed balls specific to angle and court positioning
  • Create pressure situations
  • Encourage scoring
  • Have consequences
  • Explain the purpose of each drill
  • Have fun

Watch more videos on the inside out forehand on TennisResources.com. Simply type “inside out” in the Quick Search or choose the Advanced Search on the upper left-hand corner to select Forehand under the Specific Shots categories. Watch tips, lessons and drills on your computer, laptop or iPhone whether you are at home, on the court or on the road.


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