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I have played for 25 years and coached for the last 17 years--certified United States Professional Tennis Association Professional One--worked for Punahou Schools-voted the #1 Sports School in the United States, as a Program Supervisor, in charge of coaching the High Performance Players as well as coordinating programs for K-12 and Tennis Pro Education.

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Monday, May 14, 2012

From Volley cam


high lights of the article are:  it's a step by step way to improve your strokes

Step 1:  Identify a technically “perfect” stroke on YouTube.

We’ll call this the “control” video.  It should be of a pro hitting in slow motion with a good view of the player from head to foot.  This video of Thomas Berdych’s 2 hand backhand is perfect:

go to the site for this video

Step 2:  Film 3-5 of your sessions on a ball machine.

Set up a camera on the baseline.  It doesn’t need to be my VolleyCam, or anything expensive, but high definition will be a big help.  Hit a few hundred balls at a time and return home to compare your stroke to your “control” video (in my case, Berdych hitting backhands).  Identify one thing to work on during your next session (ie, shoulder turn, extension of left hand into court, etc.).  Keep it simple, and focused:  you can’t learn it all in one session.  With each session, compare videos and “check off” each element (shoulders, knee bend, footwork) until you have a fundamentally solid and repeatable stroke.
You have to hit about 10,000 tennis balls to learn something new.  With video analysis, I’ve cut that number in half.

Step 3:   Real world testing.  More video.

Find a partner or instructor good enough (and patient enough) to isolate your new stroke.  You’re about to find out the vast difference between “ball machine” confidence and “real world” confidence.  The ball will be coming at a varied pace, angle and height.  You will struggle.  It will be frustrating.  At this point, some players give up and return to their flawed but familiar strokes.  But if you’re diligent about filming, comparing to the test video, and working on just one thing at a time, you’re reducing a large problem into a series of smaller, more manageable problems.  And you have the benefit of video to verify your progress.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

How to Come to Net

How to Beat the Serve and Volleyer: Second and Third Shots

How to Play Singles: Value of Corners

ntrp 5.0: harry vs gary end of first set

NTRP 5.0: harry vs gary pt 2

NTRP 5.0: harry vs gary

How to Hit the High Forehand

How to be a Tennis Pro--ITF 2--day one at Rama Gardens

For those that don't know, the first step to becoming a pro is playing your way through the futures. There are the futures, the challenger, and then, the ATP tour. Each level has sublevels. ump to: navigation, search The ITF Men's Circuit is a series of professional tennis tournaments held around the world that are organized by the International Tennis Federation. The ITF Men's Circuit represents the lowest rung of the men's professional tennis ladder. ITF tournaments are incorporated into the ATP rankings, enabling young professionals to progress on to the ATP Challenger Tour and ultimately the full ATP World Tour. Nearly every professional player has spent some time on the ITF Men's Circuit. Format Originally, the ITF Men's Circuit consisted of satellite tournaments, each of which took place over four weeks. However, in the late 1990s, the ITF introduced Futures tournaments, allowing for greater flexibility in the organization of the tournaments for national associations, and participation in tournaments for players. Over time, the ratio of Futures tournaments to satellites increased until 2007, when satellites were eliminated entirely. Futures tournaments allow for players to win career titles and improve their rankings. Futures are held in both singles and doubles, and last only one week. As of 2008, the prize fund for each tournament is either US$10,000 or US$15,000. Some tournaments also provide housing for participants. Futures usually have sizable qualifying draws, which allow unranked players to enter tournaments and earn ATP ranking points. (wikipedia) The tough thing is you normally need a high local ranking to get into the futures or a wild card, or you have to win the qualies, so you battle for two days to get through the qaulies, winning two to three matches, then you play a rested and waited player in the main draw. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=384609278256239&set=a.175791575804678.60921.174963079220861&type=1&theater

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