ETI 005 | Holding your finish

Holding your finish for just a moment clarifies your balance as well as the quality of your stroke and follow thru.

Further, this method has been used by so many famous coaches – Tom Stow, Robert Lansdorp and more. It will help you as well.

Stow remarked that if the stroke started correctly (balanced on the back foot with a compact but loose preparation) and finished correctly (weight shifted forward and arm well extended toward the target) then everything between the start and finish – meaning contact – would be just fine.

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ETI 004 | Balance – in the extreme

Many years ago, in my training with Tom Stow (I was in my early 20’s and had already played 4 years of college tennis) he totally remade my game with constant reference to balance, to posture, to playing with less effort and more “conk.”

Watching our very best players, you can see a similar poise, balance if you will. Federer is the acknowledged master of all this. But you too can start by working on how you carry your head.

As amusing (hopefully) as the drill in the video appears, see if you can see if you can perform your swings with a “ball on the hat.”.

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ETI 003 | Corkscrewing – using your legs for topspin and power

Push on the ground and the ground pushes back. This is somewhat a common phrase from mechanics and physics, but it dos take some explaining. Meaning if you were on thin ice and pushed on the ground, it would not push back but rather you would break through the ice.

Said another way, if you are on a bathroom scale and you drop and suddenly land you will be lighter when dropping but heavier when you land. And this down and up action adds to the power of the upward drive.

So when using the ground to create more topspin and more power, the key is how you push on the ground, and whether you can create an upward rotational movement.

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ETI 002 | The Modern Game of Tennis – accelerate the racquet head

The Modern Game – Rotational vs the Linear Old School Model

Once upon a time strokes were long and deliberate, and remember the racquets were heavy. And the sweet spots were small. Now the racquets are lighter, the sweet spots larger, and the loosely strung co-poly strings are like magic – and the all combine to make our modern model more about acceleration rather than deliberation.

Learn how to loosen up, shorten your backswings, lag the racquet head, and accelerate thru the ball. More topspin and more power will be at your command.

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ETI 001 | Three Keys to Winning Tennis

Everyone enjoys tennis when playing well. But when it comes to tournaments, league play, or even the regular game with your favorite opponent, we all want to win. But tennis becomes a contest when your opponent is evenly matched and wants to win every bit as badly as you.

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ETI 001 – 3 Keys to Winning Tennis – An Introduction

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Nike Clash of Champions Eugene Oregon February 8, 2011

I have been lucky enough to have seen professional tennis at Wimbledon (first row center court), the US Open, and Davis Cup in Portland and in Birmingham, the SAP Open and more. The combination of talent, venue, atmosphere, crowd participation, energy and noise made this the most remarkable tennis experience I have ever had –…

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Sam Stosur – the best kicker in the women’s game

I had a chance to be courtside at the recent WTA tournament in Stanford California, marveling at as well as filming this incredible serve. Following her impressive run at Roland Garros in 2010 Sam is ranked 5th on the WTA tour. A fluent all court player, previously a doubles specialist, she owns the best kick…

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The Great Pancho Gonzalez

The great Pancho Gonzalez was both featured and honored at this year’s US Open (2009).  Fierce.  Graceful.  Combative.  And until Sampras came along, arguably the best serve in the history of the game. Pancho stories. I watched Pancho play Raz Reed in ain Lake Worth Florida, 1974.  I had lost in the first round to…

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Side Spin Serve – A Comparative View

The Hot Seat is a regular feature within each monthly edition of the ETI Network, where members have the opportunity to apply for a Hotseat and submit a video for review. The intent is not to criticize the volunteer, but rather to share my insights into simple solutions for common problems. Further, seeing comparative examples will open your eyes…

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