Wall to the Ball

  Download this Video Tom Stow often introduced the simplicity of the volley technique by using a stool or chair such that the player would be still, be centered, and would make contact with the fewest moving parts. I am using a ball machine and attempting to hit the ball precisely back to the machine…

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USNews

40 years experience as a player teacher and student of the game foundational point of view students describes my approach as “brilliant simplicity” far far less sales pressure, deadlines and special offers more about content, and our relationship if you love the game you owe it to your self – check out Essential Tennis Instruction…

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Federer – The Model Serve – and projects for you

                                      This magnificent picture was taken by my friend Jim Fawcette – shot at the Laver Cup in Chicago I want to highlight a number of aspects of his form captured in this photo And for sure…

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Jackie Reardon – Mindset

To review, Jackie Reardon in Mindset compares story thinking to action thinking. Story thinking is about what we expect, what we fear, what we judge, how we can live totally in our heads with thought. Action thinking, a bit like Nike’s “Just Do It” is about being in the preset, about playing freely. And she…

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Mental Toughness – Maybe?

  The following are some of the articles in the “Mental Library” within the ETI Network Continuous Learning – willingness to change Andre Agassi – how I beat Boris Becker The Super Fluid Swing Information and Knowledge The Space Between Stimulus and Response Setting a Trap Growing your “CQ” but only if you are Curious…

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Using Your Legs on the Serve – does jumping help?

Okay – the game keeps changing.  The racquets, the training, the speed of the game, and yes for sure the technique. Once it was common, and even a rule, that the server would have to keep one foot on the ground during the delivery.  Then the rule was changed (though I am not sure when…

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Unscrew the Light Bulb (on the serve)

I learned this method from Don Kerr, former Tulane tennis coach, but interestingly a badminton coach who brought his material to the tennis world. He and I developed the Whistler, a biomechanical teaching aide, which led me to a Masters program at the University of West Florida where I studied motor learning as applied to…

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A Challenge to Create Sidespin while Rotating the Forearm

This one is harder than it looks – unless it already looks hard to you – if so GOOD!  

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The Art of Winning and the Second Shot Pass

There is a connection here. The second shot pass is a basic strategy when your opponent takes the net – for your do want information about their volleying skills This play works best when the volleyer is centered which then reduces the volleyers natural angles. But in the main, this play creates pressure, challenges the…

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Singles Playbook – Do All Points Have Equal Value ?

Singles You have no on court coach available No doubles partner for support The winning and losing is all on you We know the feeling And more, we have won an occasional match and not known why, but equally we have lost (perhaps more than a few) matches and not known why The factors include…

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The Serve – Marin Cilic – Tossing into the Swing

Many players change their rhythm between first and second serves. A one-two-three count creates a swish in a particular location and with a recurring tempo. But when introducing the toss, the rhythm may become disrupted. Either the starting tempo becomes too quick, or just the opposite, an overly high toss creates an extra beat when…

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Roger Serving with a Snap

On Court Exercises The following exercises identify specific elements of the serve. Do not attempt all exercises at once, but rather, start with the first exercise, and take as much time as needed until you feel comfortable, then progress in sequence to the next one and so forth. Snap down Positioned at the service line,…

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Roger Spinning the Serve

On Court Exercises The exercises identify specific elements of the serve. Do not attempt all exercises at once, but rather, start with the first exercise, and take as much time as needed until you feel comfortable, then progress in sequence to the next one and so forth. Swing Off-Line to Create Sidespin To create sidespin…

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Roger Serving Effortlessly (E-)

On Court Exercises The exercises identify specific elements of the serve. Do not attempt all exercises at once, but rather, start with the first exercise, and take as much time as needed until you feel comfortable, then progress in sequence to the next one and so forth. Locate the swish point Practicing without the ball,…

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Serving with Rhythm

  On Court Exercises The following exercises identify specific elements of the serve. Do not attempt all exercises at once, but rather, start with the first exercise, and take as much time as needed until you feel comfortable, then progress in sequence to the next one and so forth. One two three rhythm – without…

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Roger Serving on Balance (B)

      On Court Exercises The exercises identify specific elements of the serve. Do not attempt all exercises at once, but rather, start with the first exercise, and take as much time as needed until you feel comfortable, then progress in sequence to the next one and so forth. Serve within a box Find…

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Type 1 and Type 2 – Overhand Throwing – the Tennis Serve – and the Primacy of Habit

Todd Ellenbecker, Vice President, Medical Services ATP World Tour, “Tennis teaching professionals can identify players of all ability levels, even high level players, who have less than optimal biomechanics on their serve. Often ……. their throwing mechanics also are less than optimal and have many similar characteristic patterns. Some of the same inherent deficiencies occur in…

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The Other Side of the Net

http://dg2e30wx7kvei.cloudfront.net/eti_network/ETI_TheOtherSideOfTheNet.mp4 Download this Video Some time ago I was in Sacramento watching the Power Shares tour event – Courier, Sampras, McEnroe and Blake. James Blake beat John McEnroe in the finals – Mac having beaten Courier, and Blake easily beat an injured Pete Sampras (who was looking very slow on court compared to the other…

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Listen to your hits

Watching the ball – moving into position – you can always listen to the outcome!

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Discover Your Opponent’s Weakness

Running patterns requires knowing your opponent’s strengths and weaknesses. Rather than learning as the match progresses – what if there is a way to get that idea much much sooner

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Priming – The Art of Winning

Create patterns to discover the opponent’s weakness Always listen for advertisements

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ETI 050 | Multitasking on Court

No judgment, one shot at a time, where the “winning takes care of itself.” Well in the 1970’s before we ever knew of multitasking or mindfulness – those concepts were developed in a breakthrough book – The Inner Game of Tennis. Are you mindless or mindfull on court? Want more – check out Mindset by…

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ETI 047 | Will Staying Sideways help you hit up on the serve!

The common problem I see at the club, as well as on television, is where the server flexes at the waist at the hit – more or less jackknifing to create a little more ball speed.

And this action creates both forward and downward forces – and is generally associated with netted serves.

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Overhand Throwing – a Template for the Serve

Habits, Injuries, Resistance to Change – and Overhand Throwing Technique Todd Ellenbecker, “Tennis teaching professionals can identify players of all ability levels, even high level players, who have less than optimal biomechanics on their serve.  Often … their throwing mechanics also are less than optimal and have many similar characteristic patterns.  Some of the same inherent…

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ETI 046 | Gravity Motion

Agility = moving quickly and easily.  We know when we are gliding, we know when we are moving heavily. Equally, when can see on the adjacent court who moves well and who does not. But often more than strength training or explosive movement, the secret can be in a subtle unweighting where the body leads…

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