Tom Stow the Second Generation – Teaching the All Court Forcing Game
Sponsored by the NorCal division of the USPTA
Sunday November 4th            1 to 5pm            Fremont Hills Country Club

Moderator – Jim McLennan

Tom Stow had an incredible impact on the game, on scores of players, and equally if not more so, on many of our leading tennis coaches.  Many of the coaches who started with the Tom Stow foundation have taken their teaching methods into new areas much as our game has evolved as well.

The four invited coaches are:

John Hubbell
Tennis Director Pacific Athletic Club
Formerly National Coach in USTA Player Development
San Jose State Men’s Tennis Coach for 17 years
Coached the US Junior Davis Cup Team 1981 – 88
USPTA, PTR, USTA High Performance Certification

Brent Abel
1984 National 35s Doubles Hardcourts Champion
2009 National 60s Hardcourt Singles Champion
2009 ITF World Championships Singles quarterfinalist, 3rd place Doubles

Doug King
Head Pro; Meadowood, Napa Valley
Founder; Acceleration Tennis
Played #1 Singles for U.C Berkeley, 1976
Calif. State Singles Champion; 1979

Steve Stefanki
Formerly US Junior Davis Cup Coach
Played at UC Berkeley
Innovator and broadly respected within our community

Seminar Outline – Teaching the Tom Stow All Court Forcing Game

Playing the All Court Forcing Game – Brent Abel

Positioning and tactics
Stroking requirements needed to play this game
Moving forward creates pressure
Specific teaching methods to teach the all court forcing game

The Volley – John Hubbell

Hands – Shortening the stroke but squaring the hit
Feet – Movement to and through the ball
Balance – Progressions to a successful volley

Balance, movement, posture and grace – Steve Stefanki

Balance the frequently overlooked building block of the game
How to move with less effort and more efficiency
Coaching lineages influenced by Tom, as well as examples from other sports

Attention to detail, chunking, deconstructing the strokes – Doug King

Borrowing techniques from other sports – golf, boxing
Two handed forehands – how they train the core and shorten the swing path
Detailed explanation of chunking and the theory of deliberate practice
The Meeting of Tom Stow and Torben Ulrich


  • jose li

    Reply Reply October 22, 2014

    any registration and fee for this class? how to register? 1pm, 11/4

    • Jim McLennan

      Reply Reply October 22, 2014

      Jose – the Tom Stow event was held a few years ago – sorry – but read up and check all my podcasts as they pertain to Tom

  • Mark Ullman

    Reply Reply February 14, 2014

    Jim –
    Is there any progress on a DVD or audio of this seminar?

  • Danny D

    Reply Reply August 24, 2013


  • yuko hsegawa

    Reply Reply November 7, 2012

    Hi! Jim
    I enjoyed the seminar on sunday very much.
    I never hard about Tom Stow before.
    I felt so lucky to get know his ideas by great coaches.
    Let’s have it again.

    • Jim McLennan

      Reply Reply November 7, 2012

      Yuko – thanks for the note, and yes I will do more about this both online and at our club

  • Mark

    Reply Reply November 5, 2012

    If I lived in California, I would have been there. Great line-up and topics concerning Tom Stow. Will there be any copies of the presentations?

    • Jim McLennan

      Reply Reply November 5, 2012

      Mark – thanks for your interest, the USPTA filmed the entire course, they will probably create a dvd on it – at this point I cannot say when
      in the meantime I will be adding to the material on this home page re Stow

  • James Ward

    Reply Reply November 2, 2012

    Power packed!

  • Marc S

    Reply Reply November 2, 2012

    Looks like a great program
    Bummed I cannot be there, nor my kids!

  • Mogens Kock Hansen

    Reply Reply October 31, 2012

    Torben Ulrich, Danish tennisplayer. He met Tom Stow? And what came out of that? Being Danish myself, having followed two times Wimbledon finalist, Kurt Nielsen, and Torben Ulrich’s brother, Joergen, so many years ago makes me curious about what that meeting is all about.
    Kind regards, Mogens Kock Hansen

    • Jim McLennan

      Reply Reply October 31, 2012

      Mogens – I am not sure, Torben knew Jeff Borowiak, and Jeff had spent time with Tom – I will ask around
      I met Torben once in Napa with Doug King – fascinating

  • Robert A

    Reply Reply October 31, 2012

    The combined experience and expertise assembled for this program is immense. Awe inspiring, really.

  • Mary Williams

    Reply Reply October 30, 2012

    Impressive outline!

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