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Volley tip – Head to head March 16, 2015

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Description: Here is a quick volley tip from former ATP player Jeff Salzenstein. Check it out!


Tip:

The net game is so much fun when you have good volleys, especially when you have the proper technique and footwork. Many players focus on the hand and racquet, but they forget about the footwork and the body support that comes with it. We’ve all seen our players reach, lunge or wait for the ball to come to them instead of moving to the ball for a clean contact.

This week we have former top 100 ATP player and USPTA Elite Professional Jeff Salzentein with a quick tip that will improve your footwork and contact on the volleys.

Watch more videos on the volley on TennisResources.com. Simply type “volley” in the Quick Search or choose the Advanced Search on the upper left-hand corner and select Volley 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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Return of serve – Where to stand February 17, 2015

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OC91_Allen_Where_to_Stand.mp4-thumb-1Return of serve – Where to stand

Description: Check out a few tips on how to improve your return of serve from former top 20 WTA player Leslie Allen.


Tip:

The return of serve is one of the most essential shots in the game of tennis, but at the same time a shot that players miss a lot. As a receiver, you begin every point with a return, therefore, if you want to start every point well and challenge the opponent right off the bat, you want to make sure that your return becomes one of your best shots.

The only way a shot will turn into a weapon is if you practice the right things over and over.
This week, we have former top 20 WTA player Leslie Allen giving a few pointers on how to improve your return of serve with emphasis on the positioning.

Some of the key factors to a successful return are: good positioning; proper split step with good timing; cutting the angles when needed; unit turn with compact backswing; balance; early contact; follow-through toward the target; and effective recovery.

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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Serve smarter, not harder February 2, 2015

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OC83_Capestany_Serve_Smarter_not_Harder.mp4-thumb-2Serve smarter, not harder

Description: Here is USPTA Master Professional Jorge Capestany with a drill that will help your players evaluate and improve their serve accuracy and efficiency.


Tip:

A common goal among young tennis players is to hit their serves as hard as they can. Having a powerful serve is always a great asset, however consistency, accuracy and variety are essential at higher levels. A flat powerful serve can be so much easier to return than a serve that has some slice or topspin on it causing the opponent to hit out of the strike zone.

In both singles and doubles, the serve plays a huge role on how the point will develop. In this week’s tip, USPTA Master Professional Jorge Capestany shares a drill that will help your players evaluate and improve their serve accuracy and efficiency.

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 and 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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One-handed backhand – Keep the head still January 20, 2015

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OC87_Romer_Keeping_the_Head_Still.mp4-thumb-2One-handed backhand – Keep the head still

Description: Here is USPTA Master Professional Hans Romer with a drill that will help you improve your one-handed backhand.


Tip:

When Roger Federer hits that superb one-handed backhand, he makes it look so smooth and effortless. We all want a backhand like that. But what are some of the things that make his execution so clean and effective?

Being relaxed is a key point in all stroke execution. A proper grip, which is typically an eastern backhand; a relaxed backswing with appropriate weight transfer from the back foot to the front foot; comfortable distance from the ball; maintaining a good upper body posture with keeping the head still for a clean contact; and a relaxed follow through are some of the basics of a successful backhand.

In this week’s tip we have USPTA Master Professional Hans Romer showing you a drill that will help your players develop and improve their one-handed backhand by emphasizing a good upper body posture and still head throughout the execution.

Watch more videos on the one-handed backhand on TennisResources.com. Simply type “one-handed backhand” in the Quick Search or choose the Advanced Search on the upper left-hand corner and select One-handed 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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Improve your volley – The brick wall drill January 6, 2015

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OC84_Feisal_Hassan_Handling_the_Brick_wall-Mobile.mp4-thumb-1Improve your volley – The brick wall drill

Description: Having trouble handling those powerful incoming balls when at the net? Here is USPTA Master Professional Feisal Hassan with a few tips that will help your students improve their volleys.


Tip:

Handling the powerful incoming balls when at the net is a challenging task for many players. We’ve all seen players get intimidated by the speed of the incoming ball and not be able to hold on to proper technique. Or we’ve seen poor reaction skills causing them to be late, or even more common, we’ve seen players try to go for too much, spreading balls all over.

The early recognition of ball characteristics such as height, speed and spin is key to having great volleys. A player must understand what kind of ball he is responding to and what his options are in that particular situation. In this week’s tip we have USPTA Master Professional Feisal Hassan showing you some pointers on how to handle fast-paced incoming balls when at the net.

Watch more videos on the volley on TennisResources.com. Simply type “volley” in the Quick Search or choose the Advanced Search on the upper left-hand corner and select Volley 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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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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Hand-feeding exercises – The 4 V’sOC54-02-Emilio_Sanchez-Hand_fed-The_4_Vs-Mobile.mp4-thumb-1

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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