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Practicing for Doubles

Practicing for Doubles The importance here is that I am talking shots, not strokes. There are five shots that dominate doubles play, they are (not in any order) the serve, return, volley, overhead and lob. If you can find a partner willing to practice towards improvement like you it will be fun, and you will […]

Outside the Box

Outside the Box When I was in New England I taught a junior player Brian from the time he was ten until he left for college. Brian began playing USTA tournaments in the 12 and under division and kept it up into the 18’s. Brian had an exceptional one handed backhand, both topspin and slice. […]

Tennis Physics

Tennis Physics If you are taking tennis lessons I hope your pro is explaining why certain ball reactions happen. The best instructors have the ability to teach the same thing by explaining it different ways. I may explain something one way but it is not understood by the pupil, having multiple explanations allows one of […]

Tennis Angles Two

Tennis Angles Two Last lesson I discussed some of the basic angles when playing a singles match, today is doubles. Here are three basic strategic angle hints that will improve your play. First, when returning serve, have a plan. If the serve is down the center of the service square, as it should be, there […]

Tennis Angles

Tennis Angles Tennis is a game of physics, concentration, feet, agility and finally math= angles and percentages. Let’s cover some basic singles angles today and discuss double in the next article on Monday. When playing a point from the baseline you have three options of where to hit the ball (four if you count hitting […]

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http://www.pntrac.com/t/RUBJTEdJRUBKQ0hLR0BIREVMRQ From Sport's Authority-great ideas for under $50.00 See More
Jun 3, 2012
Bill Longua commented on Jeff Salzenstein's blog post 'The Best Tournament In The World (Not A Grand Slam)'
"My team played division one but was never in the league to vie for a national championship, but I do remember the great feeling of team winning the ECAC'S-we did party."
May 28, 2012
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May 27, 2012
Tim Prapong left a comment for Bill Longua
"You're absolutely right. Muscle memory is what makes real tennis possible, not mental quick fixes, or watching youtubes!"
May 18, 2012
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May 18, 2012
Tim Prapong commented on Bill Longua's blog post 'Tennis-Parents Beware'
"Ah, the coach I work for and I began with Continental. We are that old. lol And we begin with Continental to our students at summer camp. We drill them on serve, volleys and overheads more than the groundies.  But I definitely show Western,…"
May 18, 2012
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Tennis Parents Beware

Tennis-Parents BewareWhen I was teaching in a club atmosphere I controlled the development of my students on a weekly basis, now teaching at a resort I don’t have that luxury, but the weather is great. Most of our patrons are here for long periods of time or back two to three times a year, so I do have input.My concern is primarily with the juniors. I can’t tell you how many kids I work with have a solid baseline game but no clue how to hit a formidable serve, not to mention any resemblance of…See More
May 18, 2012
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May 17, 2012
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May 17, 2012
Lissa Johnston commented on Bill Longua's blog post 'Tennis-Outside the Box'
"Agree, Bill. I offer my students all of the basic strokes, not just whatever is the latest trend. I want them to know all of them and be able to use the appropriate one when necessary, like selecting tools from a tool box."
May 17, 2012
Tim Prapong commented on Bill Longua's blog post 'Tennis-Outside the Box'
"Very interesting idea, having a two hander for returns and then one hander slice and top."
May 16, 2012
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Tennis-Outside the Box

 If you are a fellow USPTA member, you already know this, but if you are an instructor, a parent keeping an eye on your child’s improvement or a player with a consistent stroke problem, it may be time to think outside the box. Tennis can be enjoyed being played in different ways, there is more than one way to correctly play tennis. Here are two examples of what I mean; the first is a tactical issue and the second mechanical.When I was in New England I taught a junior player Brian from the time…See More
May 15, 2012
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"Thanks Mark, do have any ideas how I might promote my free tip blog in Tennisopolis? Bill"
Apr 30, 2012

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Teaching Pro or Coach, Tennis Club Manager
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Palm Island, FL
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USPTA Certified Pro, teaching the great game of tennis for over 30 years. Providing free tennis tips on my blog at www.onlinetennistraining.com.
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Im a pro
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rightie, doubles partner, rooter, one-hander
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Palm Island Resort in Florida
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Married
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Father's Day

Posted on June 3, 2012 at 9:26am 0 Comments

http://www.pntrac.com/t/RUBJTEdJRUBKQ0hLR0BIREVMRQ From Sport's Authority-great ideas for under $50.00

 

Racquet Sale

Posted on May 27, 2012 at 6:45am 0 Comments

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Tennis-Think of Your "Butt"

Posted on May 26, 2012 at 12:30pm 0 Comments

This article will not be too wordy but will have a lot of pictures.

When discussing the proper way to hit strokes many things are covered, however not too often where the correct alignment of the butt of the racquet should be. In many cases if the butt is correct the rest may follow suit. So, let’s begin with the backside- the butt.

When hitting the traditional, closed stance forehand in either the eastern or continental grip, the butt should be facing your back…

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Tennis Parents Beware

Posted on May 18, 2012 at 5:00am 1 Comment

Tennis-Parents Beware

When I was teaching in a club atmosphere I controlled the development of my students on a weekly basis, now teaching at a resort I don’t have that luxury, but the weather is great. Most of our patrons are here for long periods of time or back two to three times a year, so I do have input.

My concern is primarily with the juniors. I can’t tell you how many kids I work with have a solid baseline game but no clue how to hit a formidable serve, not to mention…

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At 12:44pm on May 18, 2012, Tim Prapong said…

You're absolutely right. Muscle memory is what makes real tennis possible, not mental quick fixes, or watching youtubes!

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