There are allot of tennis Coaches here That Talk about this Technique or that Technique or this Training method or that Training Method. I am also one of those types of Coaches to an extent. How do you Learn Tennis period? There are many ways. Repetition, & Recieveing Coaching with practice, But Lessons alone doesnt guarantee you will learn tennis.
I don't know the exact number of how many Tennis Pros or Tennis players out there take lesson, Train, or just play at local parks & neighborhoods. I currently do all of the above, but from what I know about my Tennis is that I am an exceptional talent. Over the years of being a tennis coach I have learned to verbally communicate and physically teach the In's and Outs of my talent to other players, or translate visual information to someone else to understand it.
I usually get very frustrated clients. They have been taken tennis lessons in a traditional sense for a long time. They are looking to improve there game, but nothing is working. They have these preconceived notions that there is a right and a wrong way of doing things.They come to me and in the beginning they sometimes, have a hard time letting go of what they been told to do in the past. ( this happens rarely )
CoachV's Motto is There is no Right or Wrong way to hit the Ball.
When I encounter tennis Professionals ( i.e coaches, tennis instructors, ball feeders) who Believe and Teach these types of ideas of right and wrong. I guess that they are trying to prove that they can teach or play.
In the beginning its important to have a foundation to build a good tennis game. But what are these tennis instructors trying to Build? Many Places I have worked at want one thing. They want Clients there to spend money.
I have never worked for a place where they wanted to make tennis players and give the life long gift of playing tennis. It seems to be my catch 22 as well.
Tons of Major Tennis Clubs and Academies "Service" Tennis Players. They tell them what they want to hear, take there money and hope that the player will understand the info over time.
I have Lost many playersto the fact that I Coach tennis, and help the players discover skills on their own and NOT what I like to call Service.
Service &/or servicing Definition is 1. helping or Doing work for another.
In Tennis the player learning must do the work and learning for them selves. I have enough clients to be called an Academy. Tennis Academies is a term used extremely loosely here in Atlanta. Everyone seems to have one.
Personally I have to make sales to feed my family, pay bills and enjoy some of the finer things in life. My teaching style however is hard to swallow. This is because I tell the truth and give honest answers on how to improve. It usually very contradicting to what the normal here in US is know for.
At the Point of this blog original date November 29, 2009 at 3:30pm...
I was struggling to the point where I am working a third shift job stocking shelves, Driving a truck making home delivery & Doing any tennis lesson I could do in my waking hours. So a question to the reader is.... Do I make a change in my belief on coaching & conform to the normal just to Make Sales? Or.... Do I continue to coach they way I do, stay ahead of the curve, not service my clients and potentially lose clients who are not used to my coaching style?
I have chosen NOT to Service my clients even for the payout. Its not Fair, Right for my students & families who put their trust into me. It not even fun to watch my students fail over time.
What needs to change in the tennis industry is tennis Pros across the Nation have to even if they are good, Bad, or mediocre, is learn how to coach and not regurgitate information. The most important part of it all is be trustworthy.
Also tennis professionals have to give leeway for the tennis student to voice their own styles and talents to grow. A person coaching or teaching tennis is most likely a failed tennis pro or a college student nowadays. They have an tennis ego about them. The Tennis EGO is MY Way vs. Your Way. It is a product of tennis and what tennis is.
This is the learning challenge tennis Players face when going to lessons, academies or tennis clubs. If a tennis instructor is hell bent on proving his way is best, (against other clubs, coaches, Academies, programs, lessons, PTR vs USPTA) He will most likely impose his will onto the students. Even though He himself is not a Touring-pro or have any touring-pros currently on the tour that he is currently coaching. Who is to say that the students way isn't better. I have learned more about tennis from my students than I have ever learned from taking a lesson.
Thank you for reading please leave your comments, i would love to hear from you.
William Vazquez, CoachV