Newsletter - Tips 10 clauses to spice up your drills 12:00:00 AMNovember 2013 -- <span lang="EN"><p dir="ltr" align="justify">The key to good drilling is to get players to play hard with intensity and get their competitive juices flowing. To do this you need to award incentives.Court divider can be useful teaching tool 12:00:00 AM<p>November 2012 -- Use the tennis court divider net to make your student a better player. Although hard to believe, the tennis court divider curtain can help your game a lot.Serve and volley revisited 12:00:00 AM<p>August 2012 -- If a child is taught the volley first, as I personally do, three important things will happen. The youngster will learn quicker (as the basic volley is the simplest stroke to learn), have a better foundation when developing groundstokes and, most importantly, will have less fear and more confidence when making that transition to the net.Activities while you wait in line 12:00:00 AM<P>October 2010 -- It is important to keep students moving while they wait for their turn to hit balls in a clinic setting. It is equally important to feed more than two balls to each student before that player rotates out so that we can properly teach the skills of the game.It’s only demographics, but I like it 12:00:00 AM<P>January 2008 -- My old economics professor always used to say "pay attention to the demographics and you will run your business with success and invest well." The baby boomers are back and ready to play tennis. In the ’70s they hit their 20s and were responsible for giving tennis a great growth spurt.Lift the net, hide the lines, raise your game 12:00:00 AM<P>December 2007 -- <STRONG><EM><br>Double trouble</EM><BR></STRONG>The predator stalking your match is not the opponent on the other side of the net - it is the net itself! The net is merciless, forever grabbing the ball and killing the point. Even advanced players have three times as many balls go into the net as they hit out.Save clay court line tapes – and facility bucks 12:00:00 AM<p>October-November 2007 -- In areas where alternate freezing and thawing of clay tennis courts occur during winter months, I have for many years used a technique to reduce the annual maintenance costs by extending the life of line tapes. </p>The key is pegging and nailing – installing full 2-by-2-by-8-inch treated wooden pegs at the intersection of all lines and at the crossing of singles and doubles sidelines under the net.Picking up balls, made fun 12:00:00 AM<p>January 2007 -- Apart of the lesson that, on many occasions, is overlooked by the pros is the way the balls are picked up. Here are some ideas on how to make the “boring” job of collecting balls fun.Are you a tennis collector? 12:00:00 AM<P>February 2006 -- <STRONG>OK, I admit it – I am addicted to tennis</STRONG>. And since I love tennis, I love collecting anything to do with tennis.Save money and the environment – Cover your lines for the winter 12:00:00 AM<P>October-November 2005 -- If you are a pro at a club in the Northern states or anywhere where it freezes in the winter, you know what happens to the lines on clay courts. They are forced up by a freeze and often come up completely out of the ground.Get your club’s golfers and swimmers on court with a triple-action tournament 12:00:00 AM<p>May 2005 -- Don’t let the grass grow over your tennis programs! Since many country clubs are filled predominately with golf members, tennis and swimming programs often are considered “extra amenities.” Even though it is common for many golfers to be current or former tennis players, enticing the sportsman to lay down his clubs (or goggles) to pick up a racquet can be a difficult proposition. </p>The Golf Tennis Swimming tournament is a great way to include all country club members in one exciting event – and perhaps to entice new people into your tennis program.Making members happy by walking around 12:00:00 AM<p>March 2005 -- Anyone who has been to a business seminar or read a business book is aware of the concept of “Management by Walking Around.” This theory states that a manager gets in touch with what is going on in his or her business by just walking around and visiting the various departments of the business. </p>Walking around your tennis facility might just be the opportunity you need to get in touch with a lot of your members.Tennis program balance sheets 12:00:00 AM<p>August 2004 -- Many people are familiar with balance sheets. Using a program balance sheet can help make things a little easier and your programs more successful.What is mental toughness? 12:00:00 AM<p>August 2004 -- Are athletes born with “mental toughness,” or is it something they develop? Some of the world’s greatest athletes in all sports struggle with “mental stability.” Probably, the primary reason an athlete reaches the top of his or her sport and, more so, stays on top is being mentally tough. Mental toughness is the ability to overcome any obstacle to reach one’s goal, no matter what the circumstance.The 200-wall-hit test 12:00:00 AM<p>February 2004 -- <b>Sharpen your approach shot and volley skills against the clock<br>Four wall tests used to measure player ability level</b></p>This contest records the amount of time it takes to hit the ball 200 times against the wall. Record the time taken to complete each test.Don’t pop your bubble 12:00:00 AM<p>January 2004 -- One of the biggest differences between the professional players we watch on television and club players is the percentage of shots for which the player is actually in position. This has a great deal to do with footspeed, anticipation, effort and balance.Charting tennis matches 12:00:00 AM<p> September 2002 -- While you are watching a tennis match, have you thought of keeping track of the points on paper? Be an active spectator! Tracking points gives you lots of great information that can help you and your students improve your game. Here’s how.The bear, the scarecrow and the fish: A lesson of imagination 12:00:00 AM<p>February 2002 -- You probably read the title of this article and wondered if you were reading a book from the children’s section of your local library. Well, you are not.Tennis tips 12:00:00 AM<p>January 2002 --</p> <b><font size=4>Overhead dread or smash bash</font size=4> </b></p>“Deep thoughts for deep overheads”</p> Since deep lobs make it more difficult to put the ball away on overheads, many players often shy away from hitting them. Understanding the limitations as you move away from the net can help determine where and how the ball should be played.Journey to the net 12:00:00 AM<P>December 2001 -- Over my 30 years of teaching, I’ve worked with many students on approaching the net behind their serve. While many of us are comfortable with our groundstrokes and volleys, the transition between the two shots can be tricky.The 200-point ball control contest 12:00:00 AM<P>October-November 2001 -- Would you like to try a quick and fun method to measure the playing ability of your students that is based on objective results? Challenge matches usually determine the best players, but ball control tests can also be used as another fair (and objective) method to measure ability. The 200-point ball control contest does not take much time to conduct and provides a challenge for the players and scoring results for <i>all </i>players to compete against.Analyze your opponent 12:00:00 AM<p>September 2001 -- One way to improve your win/loss record is to always analyze your opponent and devise a strategy that plays your strengths against his weaknesses. Many times players get frustrated with what they’re not doing well, instead of noticing what their <i>opponent </i>is not doing well.