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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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Footwork for the inside-out forehand June 16, 2014

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OC64-08-Lorenzo_Beltrame-Forehand_inside_out-Mobile.mp4-thumb-1Footwork for the inside-out forehand

Description: Check out USPTA Master Professional Lorenzo Beltrame talking about how to move efficiently when preparing to hit a successful inside out forehand.


Tip:

The inside out forehand has always been a shot that players used as a weapon and it’s becoming even more dominant in today’s game. We see players like Rafael Nadal who run around all the way to the backhand corner to hit a crushing forehand inside out.

So what does it take to hit a successful forehand inside out? It begins with efficient footwork and movement to position yourself behind the ball, balanced set up and continues with uncoiling the kinetic chain by exploding into the ball, making early contact point and following through toward the target.

This week’s tip features USPTA Master Professional Lorenzo Beltrame sharing a few tips about the footwork needed on the inside out forehand.

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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Return box June 4, 2014

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Tip_66_-_Mark_Bey_-_Return_Box-Mobile.mp4-thumb-1Return box

Description: USPTA Elite Professional Mark Bey offers a few tips on where you should target your returns. Check out what he has to say.


Tip:

There are several components that go into a solid serve technique: grip, stance, toss, backswing, power position, loading, slot, forward swing, contact point, follow through and landing. Each element pays a significant role into the execution of a serve and is strongly connected to the other, like a domino effect.

This week we’re going to focus on the stance: whether keeping your feet apart by using what is known as a platform stance or bringing the back foot up into a pin point stance, the loading aspect is crucial. Check out former ATP player and USPTA Elite Professional Jeff Salzenstein discussing the benefits of using a platform stance.

Watch more videos 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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Serve – The platform stance May 19, 2014

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OC89_01_Salzenstein_Stance.mp4-thumb-1Serve – The platform stance

Description: Former ATP player Jeff Salzenstein talks about the benefits of using the platform stance on the serve. Check out this drill he has for you.


Tip:

There are several components that go into a solid serve technique: grip, stance, toss, backswing, power position, loading, slot, forward swing, contact point, follow through and landing. Each element pays a significant role into the execution of a serve and is strongly connected to the other, like a domino effect.

This week we’re going to focus on the stance: whether keeping your feet apart by using what is known as a platform stance or bringing the back foot up into a pin point stance, the loading aspect is crucial. Check out former ATP player and USPTA Elite Professional Jeff Salzenstein discussing the benefits of using a platform stance.

Watch more videos 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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