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Goal Setting to Hit your Tennis Targets

By · May 31, 2010 · Filed in Mindset · No Comments »

It is well known that to be a great tennis player you have to use your mental as well as your physical skills.


These tennis mental skills are as vital in terms of your tennis training as hitting forehands and backhands.


Let’s be honest, the more successful players are mentally tougher than the others!


Is it a fluke that Federer and Sampras have so many titles and Safin so few for a player of his ability?


What do people mean when they say Nadal is so mentally tough?


Can your mind game get you through matches?


Is your mental approach more important than than your technique?


One of the most powerful tennis psychology skills is that of goal setting. (more…)

Learning To Play Tennis Under Pressure

By · May 30, 2010 · Filed in Coaching · No Comments »

Has this ever happened to you when playing tennis? You are in a pressure situation in an important match. You tighten up, and one more time you choke. What can you do that will help you learn to play tennis under pressure?

I have been asked this question a thousand times by players from many different levels of play. The answer to this question is a kind of oxymoron. You must learn to fail in order to learn to play under pressure. That’s right – FAIL! Think of it this way. You have two separate skills you are trying to master when playing under pressure. The mental skills and the physical skills. The mental skill of not freezing up, and the physical skill of getting the ball in the tennis court, which now under pressure looks like the size of a place mat! If you know when you are not under pressure the physical skills operate fine, obviously the mental skills need some training. Therefore, first and foremost is to experience what it ‘feels’ like to go for your shots playing tennis under pressure.

Unfortunately most players fall into a major pitfall. They will say, “I did go for my shot, but I missed!” But I missed? Who said anything about making the shot? Experience ‘what it feels like’ was the phrase. You must treat this situation exactly like learning anything else in tennis…you practice! You practice going for the shot every time you are faced with this type of pressure situation. How do you think the pros have learned to think correctly under pressure? They have been practicing over and over again to go for their shots under pressure. By the time you see them on television they have already practiced over and over and over and over again that similar situation. As a result, they make it look easy. They have developed SPONTANEITY THROUGH PREPARATION. (more…)

Tennis Drill – How to improve ball control for doubles – Tennis Tip

By · May 29, 2010 · Filed in Coaching · No Comments »

This exercise is driven by the use of the Airzone and, while incredibly simple, yields tremendous results in terms of ball control and consistency. It also acts as a great equalizer for players of slightly different abilities. Simply set up an air target to double the height of the net and stipulate that all balls have to be hit over the doubled net. In the video clip, our players are in a doubles format and, as you can see, the points are full of ball control and tactical play since the power factor is almost completely removed. www.oncourtoffcourt.com

Tennis Fitness Made Easy Warm Up

By · May 28, 2010 · Filed in Coaching, Fitness · 1 Comment »

Quick and easy way to warm up prior to playing tennis to help improve your performance and decrease chances of injuries

Engaging your child in Tennis World

By · May 26, 2010 · Filed in Coaching, Training · 1 Comment »

Tennis lessons for kids comprise of essentially three different types include. Each one of the lessons has its own strength depending on different types of kids. Here are the descriptions of each type of tennis lessons for kids:

Recreational Activities – Recreational activities is the first among the three programs under tennis lessons for kids. Pressure is least in this type of lesson. The preferable number of kids playing in the court during this lesson is from four to ten. On the other hand, one disadvantage of this lesson is the fact that the trainers cannot concentrate teaching on each and every kid on the tennis court.

Group Learning – Group learning is the second type of tennis lessons for children. Its main goal is to further teach children the more advance topics in playing tennis. This hinders a disadvantage of learning at a slower rate compared to private lessons.

Private lessons – Private lessons as we all expected should be the most powerful and effective form of lesson for the children to greatly improve their game. Private lessons render a one-on-one training to children, wherein the main aim is to help the child ameliorate in the most effective way, and as quickly as possible. It is more likely needed by players who want to learn different tennis strokes.

Now that you have learned the different types of tennis lessons for kids, these are the courses and talent enhancements that tennis schools normally teach.

They offer trainings that will help the children ameliorate their tennis skills. Learning tennis assist the kids develop their proper body coordination. Kids will also learn the forehand and the backhand strategies. Tennis lessons also allow mini tournaments, ladder rankings, and competitions in tennis particularly designed for children.

This will be the key in evaluating what the children learned throughout the lessons.

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Play Better Tennis

By · May 26, 2010 · Filed in Coaching, Fitness · No Comments »

Play Better Tennis


If you’re reading this article, you are probably not a beginner looking to get started in the sport of Tennis. But, rather you are a tennis player already on a league and are looking at ways to improve your game. Outside of hiring a personal Tennis coach, let’s look at what it takes to get a spin on moving your game to the level. Here are a couple of places to focus your attention for the quickest and longest lasting results:


1. Foot-work and Conditioning

2. Strokes

3. Spin

4. Angle of Attack

Foot-work and Conditioning:

The size of the tennis court is seventy-eight feet long from baseline to baseline, and twenty-seven feet wide – thirty-six feet for doubles matches. Thats 39 feet by 27 feet (or 1053 square feet), for singles matches, that you must be able to cover in the blink of an eye. You’re not going to be able to do this if you’re out of shape or are tripping over your feet. So, think full body conditioning, sprints, foot-work drills, and stamina.

Strokes:

The emphasis here is follow-through. You can have the best swing in Tennis, but if you don’t complete the follow-through on each and every stroke, you won’t have the power to drill the ball to your opponent for the winner. One option here for training is to either have a friend video you playing or setup a camera on a tripod and video yourself. Then, when the match is over, take that video back with you and honestly compare your strokes and follow-throughs to some of the pros you see on sports television. Noting any improvements you can make. Then practice, practice, and practice some more.

Spin:

Spin is sometimes the hardest for even the most seasoned players. But, spin used properly can have a tremendous impack on your game. Top spin for example can allow you to sit back on the baseline and hit ball high that drop in the short court of your opponent forcing would be baseline players into the center court. Another example is spin on your serve. Good spin on a serve, whether traveling at the speed of sound or not, can cause the ball to either kick away from your opponent or into your opponent, in either case forcing them to adjust.

Angle of Attack:

This is the overall point plan for the point you are playing. You should have a point plan, angle of attack, for each and every point. Matches, Sets, and Games are won a point at a time. The key to you winning the point is placement of your opponent and the angle of your winning shot. I say placement of your opponent because the idea is to force your opponent to a position on the court through a series of strokes where they will have a low probability of returning your final shot and you stil have a high probability of hitting the shot within the lines.


See this article and a lot more helpful tips at http://www.tenniscourts123.com

David White

Art Carrington’s Figure Eight Fitness

By · May 19, 2010 · Filed in Fitness · No Comments »

What Tennis Elbow Treatments Cure Tennis Elbow Pain?

By · May 19, 2010 · Filed in Coaching · No Comments »

By far the best method to cure tennis elbow is by being proactive to what causes the condition and then by immediately treating the first signs of injury with the R.I.C.E. method.

R.I.C.E. is basic first aid for any injury. It has been created to minimize damage to the area and speed the recovery process.

Rest from aggravating activity that causes you pain and prevents the swelling from going down. Change the type of activity that you do to a non-weight bearing activity such as swimming or cycling to maintain your fitness levels.

Apply ice to ease the pain and initially constrict the blood flow to the area to reduce further injury.

Compress the area by putting on a support bandage to reduce injury to the area.


Elevate the arm to prevent further injury

Before we even start to use a tennis elbow treatment it is worth looking at how we might be causing the injury to ourselves.

Tennis elbow, also known as lateral epicondylitis, is an injury that occurs through repetitive motions of the wrist and forearm. This is particularly common with tennis players (but not exclusively) especially if the player has bad technique when playing a back hand game.

Below are a few fundamental steps you can take to prevent injury:

a) have a professional tennis coach asses the way you play.

b) wear a protective arm brace – this can certainly help by cushioning the elbow, muscles and tendons from the shock of the tennis ball hitting the racquet.

c) always warm up and cool down after each game paying particular attention to stretching the wrist and the shoulders.

If you happen to become injured then what are the symptoms that you should look out for?

a) gradually worsening pain

b) an increase in the area of the pain from just the outside of the elbow to the forearm and back of the hand when either grasping or performing a twisting movement.

c) a weakness in the wrist when grasping objects or trying to unscrew a jar lid etc.

In addition to all the above if you are unfortunate enough to get tennis elbow then there are a variety of treatments available ranging from allopathic medication, surgery and pain relieving machines, such as T.E.N.S. machine, to physical therapy and other forms of natural healing self help treatments that really help to cure tennis elbow and that provide a simple workable solution that puts you in control of your tennis elbow treatment.

As a complementary health practitioner Karen has over 8 years experience in helping others cure tennis elbow by using natural holistic treatments based on a synergistic approach

Tennis Fitness Dynamic Stretching

By · May 18, 2010 · Filed in Coaching, Fitness · No Comments »



ValFujii.com Val Fujii Leading Authority in Tennis Fitness teams up with mother and daughter Maureen and Courtney Guetschow in performing a dynamic stretch that is great to do before you play tennis. It can be done anywhere and only takes a few minutes to do. This stretch will enable to you to properly warm up the body from all planes of motion and will reduce the risk of injury while playing tennis. ValFujii.com Folsom Tennis Fitness ValFujii.com El Dorado Hills Tennis Fitness ValFujii.com Sacramento Tennis Fitness ValFujii.com Tennis Fitness ValFujii.com Tennis Training ValFujii.com Tennis Fitness Training ValFujii.com Band Training ValFujii.com Med Ball Training

Routines for Peak Performance

By · May 17, 2010 · Filed in Coaching · No Comments »

Every day of your life, you are either thinking in ways to help you succeed and reach your goals or thinking in ways that limit your success, causing you to move away from goal achievement.


I am certain you have a practice routine you do on most days to build competence in your skills and thus gain confidence. Most great athletes do have specific routines they follow in practice to get better.


Some athletes follow a specific routine to help them prepare for a match or game. They eat the same pregame meal, arrive at the event an hour prior to competition, and engage in a precise warm up they have developed through trial and error.


Other athletes prefer to jump out of the team bus or car and compete right away. One of my recent golf students, for example, has no pregame routine and prefers to go directly to the first tee.


One of the advantages of a routine, beyond getting physically ready, is that it helps you adjust your mindset for peak performance (a mental warm up for competition). A pregame routine helps you get your game-face on.


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