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About Junior Tennis and Strength Training

There are a lot of questions surrounding strength training, especially where children are concerned. The risk of injury is probably the primary concern of any parent or coach who has a child entering strength training programs. Many parents and coaches are hesitant to begin strength training with juniors for fear of damaging the bones and possibly stunting…

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Added by Steven White on June 12, 2010 at 12:41pm — No Comments

Training Imbalance

When I was younger, I had no idea the human body was so fragile. How can tennis be so demanding? It’s really not until you begin to develop some skills. Ironic, isn’t it. The better you are, the harder it is on the body. When you watch the pros, they appear to breaking the biological laws of physical movement. But have you noticed that some pros seem to disappear…

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Added by Steven White on June 11, 2010 at 6:00pm — No Comments

The Importance of Stretching



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Added by Steven White on June 10, 2010 at 6:13pm — No Comments

Energy Plans for Match Play

Sometimes having a great game isn’t enough. You may be an excellent player, but you won’t get the most out of it if you don’t eat the right thing at the right time. There are three distinct stages in every tennis player’s match play agenda: before a match, during a match, and after a match. Your nutritional needs are different for each…

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Added by Steven White on June 9, 2010 at 8:50pm — No Comments

Daily Fueling for Performance

When you walk on the court, do you feel tired or heavy? Do you take a long time to get warmed up? Are you resting well at night and feeling refreshed the next morning? If you have answered “yes” to the first two questions, and “no” to the third, it could be a sign that you’re not fueling your body with the right foods or the right…

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Added by Steven White on June 8, 2010 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Hydration and Tennis

Tennis is a passion that dedicated players refuse to give up on. Many choose to combat the heat and continue playing during the hottest of summer months.…

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Added by Steven White on June 7, 2010 at 4:51pm — No Comments

Teaching Tennis: Protocol for Instructors

The ability to play tennis at a high performance level is an acquired skill that takes years of experience to master. Acquiring the ability to teach the game with a high degree of skill can be just as difficult. In fact, helping other players to develop their skills can be more difficult than developing your own. Just because you were a better than average player doesn't mean that you have…

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Added by Steven White on June 6, 2010 at 6:01am — No Comments

What everty tennis parent should know

More and more parents and coaches are introducing their kids to the game of tennis. As a certified tennis instructor, I’ve never been responsible for teaching so many children at such a young age.…

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Added by Steven White on June 6, 2010 at 5:52am — No Comments

A lesson on taking lessons

Instruction, coaching, and lesson taking are factors that should not be taken on a whim. I can’t stress enough the need to plan out each step of your instructional method. Lessons are the cornerstone to improvement in tennis.…

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Added by Steven White on June 5, 2010 at 11:40am — No Comments

Returning Serve

If the serve is the most important shot in tennis, getting it back should be your next priority. The service return is not just another ground stroke. Matches are won and lost with service returns. If your opponent has a booming serve, this is when you’re most vulnerable. So, developing a consistent service return is…

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Added by Steven White on June 5, 2010 at 8:00am — No Comments

Using the Lob



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Added by Steven White on June 4, 2010 at 4:09pm — No Comments

How to hit with topspin

It seems that every young kid wants to hit a two-handed backhand with topspin like Raphael Nadal or Andy Roddick. That’s not so unusual, I suppose, since many kids tried to serve and volley like Pete Sampras when he was the world’s leading player. But let’s face it, most youngsters don’t possess the extraordinary skills of a Nadal or Roddick. Nadal’s…

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Added by Steven White on June 3, 2010 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Are Two Hands Better Than One?

Everywhere people are playing tennis, from the public parks to professional stadiums and arenas, you’ll see people of all ages using two hands on the backhand side. The two-handed backhand boom is here to stay. Back in the 1940’s, players like Pancho Segura came onto the scene using two hands in a professional atmosphere…

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Added by Steven White on June 3, 2010 at 5:59am — No Comments

"Hitting the one-handed slice"

Most players that use a one-handed backhand usually have some variety in their shots off that side. Usually, the variety would include a slice backhand. The slice backhand is probably one of the most natural strokes in tennis. Bringing your racquet back to about shoulder height position on the backswing is as natural as…

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Added by Steven White on June 2, 2010 at 6:03am — No Comments

"Bring your racquet up to meet the ball"



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Added by Steven White on June 1, 2010 at 9:01pm — No Comments

Concentrate on the Hitting Zone



The “hitting…

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Added by Steven White on May 28, 2010 at 8:18pm — No Comments

Take a little hop

Just before your opponent hits the ball, take a little hop, then come down with your weight evenly distributed on the balls of your feet, ready to move in any direction with the correct foot. Taking this hop, called a split-step, enables you to stop and read his shot. Don’t just take a hop, land on your heels and turn off your engine. You have to be ready to…

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Added by Steven White on May 20, 2010 at 6:05pm — No Comments

Prepare on the run

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Added by Steven White on May 20, 2010 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Keep the Ball on the Strings

Make contact with the ball just in front of your forward foot and keep the ball on the strings as long as possible. The racquet face should travel on a straight upward line through the hitting zone in the direction you want the ball to go. If you’re trying to hit the ball crosscourt, make contact a little farther out in front. But if you’re trying to send the ball down the line, make contact a…

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Added by Steven White on May 19, 2010 at 7:32pm — No Comments

Getting to the Ball - Lesson 1

You are only as fast on the court as you are on your first step. To move to the ball, your first step should be a thrust out with the foot closest to the ball. That also turns your hips and shoulders slightly and starts your racquet back. You drive off your far foot and move the center of your body toward the ball. If you lean with your head and shoulders first, your legs are always trying to catch up with your…

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Added by Steven White on May 19, 2010 at 5:39pm — No Comments

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