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Controlling the court with the forehand December 9, 2015

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Controlling the court with the forehand

Description: Check out former top 10 WTA player Chanda Rubin with a few tips on implementing patterns of play successfully by controlling the middle of the court with the forehand.


Tip:

The forehand is one of the biggest weapons in today’s game. It is the shot that dominates the baseline play at the competitive level as we watch players running around the backhand, covering about 75 percent of the court with the forehand.

Players at any level can use the forehand as a weapon. A player can use the forehand to move the opponent side to side and open up the court, as well as apply pressure by taking the ball on the rise, including hitting inside out and inside in. Good footwork, balance and proper weight transfer are just a few key aspects in making your shots effective and aggressive.

This week’s tip features former No. 6 WTA player Chanda Rubin with more tips on how to control the court with the forehand.

Watch more videos on the forehand on TennisResources.com. Simply type “forehand” in the Quick Search or choose the Advanced Search on the upper left-hand corner and select “Forehand” under the Specialty 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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Zig zag cone drill November 10, 2015

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Zig zag cone drill

OC_101_Mark_Kovacs_Zig_Zag_Drill-ThumbDescription: Check out this footwork drill with Mark Kovacs, Ph.D., that emphasizes adjustment steps and the development of quicker feet.


Tip:

Tennis involves lots of movement and footwork as we constantly need to get in position for the incoming ball. Aside from the large steps that take us to the ball, we also need the small steps that help us adjust and get set for the optimal strike zone. Many times we see players doing all the right things in preparation to the ball, but simply being one or two steps too far or too close to the optimal contact point causes them to mis-hit the ball. Maintaining balance while moving and adjusting the feet is an important aspect of effective stroke production.

This week’s tip features Mark Kovacs, Ph.D., with a drill that will help players improve their adjustment steps and get quicker feet.

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Doubles tip with Gigi Fernandez – The server calls the shots October 13, 2015

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Doubles tip with Gigi Fernandez – The server calls the shots

Description: Here is former world no.1 doubles player Gigi Fernandez with a tip on communication in doubles.


Tip:

One of the most important components of a successful doubles team is effective communication. Many times the communication may involve simple eye contact, a high-five, exchanging a few words, or simply telling your partner where you are going to serve next.

This week’s tip features 17 time doubles Grand Slam winner Gigi Fernandez discussing the importance of communication when serving. Gigi encourages servers to be the ones deciding the type and location of their next serve, especially during tight scores.

Watch more videos on volleys on TennisResources.com. Simply type “doubles” in the Quick Search or choose the Advanced Search on the upper left-hand corner and select Doubles 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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Volley Tip-Use of nondominant hand September 15, 2015

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Volley Tip-Use of nondominant hand

OC_104_04_Craig_OShannessey_OffHand_Volley-PreviewDescription: Check out a few tips on the importance of the nondominant hand on the volley from USPTA Elite Professional Craig O’Shannessy.


Tip:

The use of the nondominant hand tends to be neglected when executing volleys. It is very common to see players focus mostly on the hitting arm and disregard the opposite side when at the net. This week’s tip features USPTA Elite Professional Craig O’Shannessy discussing five important roles the nondominant hand plays on the volley:

• Gets the racquet away from the body
• Keeps the racquet head up
• Opens the racquet face
• Holds the weight of the racquet
• Helps with preparation

Have your players consider these things next time they’re out there practicing to help their volleys become more effective.

Watch more videos on volleys 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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Cardio Tennis Game – Triples August 4, 2015

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Cardio Tennis Game – Triples

OC_95_03_Michelle_Krause_Ball_Rush2-Mobile.mp4-thumb-1Description: Check out USPTA Elite Professional Michele Krause with a cardio game emphasizing groundstrokes, volleys, movement and lots of fun.


Tip:

Looking for more drills and games to use in your practice? Here is a fun cardio game from Michele Krause emphasizing groundstrokes, volleys and lots of movement.

This game is played 3-on-3 with two players on the baseline and one player at the net. After every point, the players rotate positions in a circle. If you have more than six players on the court, have them do cardio blasts (jumping jacks, lunges, squads, shadow hitting, etc.) while waiting. The balls are fed rapidly, forcing the players to move and rotate quickly. The drill is intended to get everyone moving and hitting as much as possible within the drill time.

Watch more fitness drills on TennisResources.com. Simply type “drill” in the Quick Search or choose the Advanced Search on the upper left-hand corner and 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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Game – In front or behind July 7, 2015

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Game – In front or behind

OC_99_05_Mark_Bey_In_Front_-Mobile.mp4-thumb-1Description: Check out USPTA Elite Professional Mark Bey with a fun game emphasizing anticipation and decision making during point play.


Tip:

Many times we see our players miss shots due to poor anticipation or shot selection. They play a great series of shots but are not able to close out the point.  Being able to read the opponent and understand the options of that particular situation can help players reduce unforced errors, improve shot selection and therefore be more successful.

How can players get better at this? By practicing these point-play situations over and over again.

This week we have USPTA Elite Professional Mark Bey with a fun game in which the assigned player focuses on decision making within the first 2 balls. Based on the shot he hits, the player must decide whether the shot was heavy enough to move in and be aggressive or stay back and work another couples of shots until an offensive situation arises.

Watch more drills on TennisResources.com. Simply type “drill” in the Quick Search or choose the Advanced Search on the upper left-hand corner and 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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Cardio Tennis Drill – Ball rush June 10, 2015

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OC_95_03_Michelle_Krause_Ball_Rush2.mp4-thumb-1Cardio Tennis Drill – Ball rush

Description: Here is USPTA Elite Professional Michele Krause with a cardio tennis drill emphasizing volleys, overheads and a lot of up and back movement. And of course, lots of fun.


Tip:

Cardio Tennis drills are great exercises to implement into your practice sessions as you can have several people on the court working together and having fun. Players get to hit a high number of shots within a short period of time and have a great workout due to the high intensity.

This week we have Michele Krause with a fun Cardio Tennis drill that involves a lot of up and back movement while hitting lots of volleys and overheads. The balls are fed rapidly forcing the players to move and rotate quickly. In between shots the players are also going through a series of speed ladder cardio exercises to avoid any slow time. The drill is intended to get everyone moving and hitting as much as possible within the drill time.

Watch more fitness drills on TennisResources.com. Simply type “drill” in the Quick Search or choose the Advanced Search on the upper left-hand corner and 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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Drill – Numbers May 26, 2015

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OC_99_04_Mark_Bey_Numbers.mp4-thumb-1Drill – Numbers

Description: Here is USPTA Elite Professional Mark Bey with a fun drill emphasizing point play and decision making.


Tip:

We all have our favorite drills we use day in and day out with our students that have definitely paid dividends over the years. Nonetheless, it’s always handy to have a new drill you can add, modify and use in your next practice session.

This week we have USPTA Elite Professional Mark Bey with a fun drill in which the coach dictates the duration of the point play. If you have students that typically stay in the point too long and hesitate to close it out, or perhaps they go for too much right off the bat and don’t have the patience to build up the point, this drill will have you assist them in decision making by calling out the number of shots you want them to hit in that particular point. If the player has an opportunity to close the point sooner, he has the option to do so.

Having a variety of new drills and games that you can implement into your practice sessions is important as you want your players to feel challenged and have fun while trying something new every day.

Watch more drills on TennisResources.com. Simply type “drill” in the Quick Search or choose the Advanced Search on the upper left-hand corner and 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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The catch and tap drill May 12, 2015

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OC90_07_Rick_Macci_Catch_and_Tap_Drill-Mobile.mp4-thumb-1The catch and tap drill

Description: Here is USPTA Master Professional Rick Macci with a fun volley drill that works on developing racquet skills.


Tip:

The volley is one of those shots that gets everyone really excited. Most players like to be at the net, but not many actually control their shots very well or can hit a variety of volleys. We often see players hitting the same type of volley whether the ball is coming fast, slow, high or low, or if the player is positioned far away from the net or close to it.

The art of volley is really about feel and placement and not so much about power. The more players understands that the racquet is an extension of their hand and practices drills that will develop their hand, the more success they’re going to have in hitting a variety of volleys and more importantly, hitting the right shot at the right time.

This week we have USPTA Master Professional Rick Macci with a drill that works on control and developing racquet skills.

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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Pre-serve ritual April 28, 2015

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OC_94_05_Leslie_Allen_PreServe_Ritual.mp4-thumb-1Pre-serve ritual

Description: Former top 20 WTA Leslie Allen talks about the importance of having a ritual before serving. Check out what she has to say.


Tip:

How many times have we seen your players rush up to the baseline and miss one serve after another? Then, they quickly grab the balls and move on to the other side repeating the same procedure. Does the sequence sound familiar? I’m sure it does. We’ve all seen it.

The time between points and especially the preparation before serve are very much overlooked. Players don’t take the time to recover, clear their heads and think about how they’re going to approach the next point. A pre-serve ritual can be anything from adjusting the strings, relaxing the hitting arm or as simple as bouncing the ball a number of times while planning where they’re going to serve next. All players are different and they’re going to have their own signature rituals, but the idea needs to be emphasized in practice in order to become a habit.

A pre-serve ritual plays a huge role on the player’s performance as it helps him/her be more relaxed, focused and therefore perform better on the serving games.

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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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.

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