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Hand Tennis - Focus on What You Can Control

Pros often tell you to “feel your racquet strings” when hitting the ball. The best way to start is to work on your tennis hands. The racket face is going to do pretty much what the palm of your hand does. So, this week I want you to play tennis focusing on your hands.

  • Air tennis - shadow swings on or off court, no tennis ball
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Double Dutch For A Better Cardio Tennis Workout

 

“I love to play tennis. I’d prefer devote my time and energy to tennis rather than training in the gym.”

Sound familiar? Well, you’re not alone. Most tennis players want just enough fitness to stay healthy for their time on the courts. Me too! That’s why I love double-duty exercises that will improve my fitness and...

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Turn Toward Your Doubles Partner

In my experience of working with doubles teams at every level, from recreational to league to high school to college, the same problem always presents itself. When I watch these teams play, they look like two ships passing in the night.

Most doubles partners tend to move in parallel lines between points. Or, as I often call it, “parallel...

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Stick it!

 

“Ready position” ....“Racket back”

Most ladies league players I work with nail these first two steps on the groundstroke checklist. Then the next big milestone is contact. We all LOVE hitting the ball. We all get excited at contact.

I’m more interested in what happens with your stroke after contact. Most...

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The Surprising Power of Atomic Tennis Habits

As a coach, I’m always interested in finding ways to improve my players’ performance. Recently, a good family friend, Christine Carter (author of Raising Happiness and The Sweet Spot) suggested reading James Clear’s book, Atomic Habits. I’m loving it! It’s inspired me so much, I’ve decided to blog about the...

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Be Relentless About It - Great Teams Do!

 
Recognition is a major tank filler. At Cal, we taught our players that filling each other’s  Emotional Tanks is one of their most important jobs.
 
Remember, The E-Tank is like the gas tank of a car – if it’s low you’re not going to go very far. When teammates E-Tanks are regularly filled, they end up doing...
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Play Your Best with a New Partner

 

Have you ever wondered how the best doubles teams handle the pressure of competition? How do they consistently perform at their best—individually and as a unit? How do they sustain great teamwork despite individual differences in game style and personality?

The best doubles players get the best out of themselves and their partners—no...

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Clear Your Mind to Play Your Game

 

In our busy day-to-day lives, multi-tasking is a goal for many, and for others a necessity. Unfortunately, it’s a detriment to all tennis players. Achieving mental focus prior to stepping on the court is key to success in tennis!

Peak performance on-and-off the tennis court occurs when you are focused on the important things in the...

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Defeating "I Suck" Once and For All!

“I am the greatest” — Muhammad Ali
“I suck!” — unknown, unaccomplished tennis player

Top tennis players talk themselves into incredible performances. What goes on in their mind has a direct effect on their body. Our thoughts prompt certain emotions that in turn have bodily or physiological...

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