Hello I hope this comes to you all in good health. I am currently reading outliers the story of success. I have learned many new tricks for tennis from that book. Although it talks about nothing tennis. If you would like to become a better player or Coach. So in retrospect, i started playing tennis at 13. it takes about 8 years to master anything.at 15 I started teaching at 17 I lost my backhand. at 20 I made huge discoveries about bio-mechanics. I get back my backhand at 22 and after not playing for a whole year. I also didnt play for the year after getting back my back hand. started teaching full time at the age of 23 at private clubs. And Started changing the way I teach. I have now been teaching my style of communication for the last ten years I am now err.. soon be 33. I believe based off the information I got from the book that any talented 8 year old can go pro in tennis on the circuit. With proper fitness coaching, nurturing and guidance I can make a pro or at least get a scholarship to college. It will only take me 8 years to do so. so if anybody is intrested the cost will be only 10k for the whole 8 years.
Thank you for writing in with your comments regarding my article, Training an Eight Year Old. Believe me, there are more and more professionals realizing and recognizing this concept of giving kids an "Advanced Foundation" early on. As I'm sure you have discovered, proper tennis technique is seldom a strength issue...only those who use improper equipment or poor form find strength a necessity. Thus, young kids can execute advanced tennis technique (within certain parameters), and be given the greatest chance at reaching their potential.
I've seen more kids forfeit any chance at becoming a skilled tennis player, (obviously prohibiting any chance of playing what ever level they dream of playing at!), because they were taught inferior methods that MUST change at some point for the kid, (and adults for that matter), to reach higher levels.
I applaud your desire to create the opportunity for your students through this understanding. And, contrary to many ignorant pros, you can make learning advanced principles and patterns just as fun--if not more fun--than the typical 'hit and giggle' we so often see in junior tennis programs. On the contrary, your students will enjoy a lifetime of more highly skilled tennis, enjoying the many aspects of skilled tennis that makes tennis so much more fun than simply pushing balls over the net as we see millions of capable people (adults and kids) doing for life because they learned such ineffective methods early on.