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June 18, 2016

Tennis, like everything else in life, has a set of rules that make life easier when followed but complicate matters when not. I call this set of rules: the laws of the battle. They describe the ideal response to any situation that a player may encounter on the court, j...

February 3, 2015

A very important element of the serve is tossing the ball in the right place to be able to maintain balance.  A simple way to check for balance is to serve with both feet together, trying to keep both feet, still on the ground throughout the serve.

July 13, 2014

The mentality at the net is extremely important.  Here are three things to focus on when practicing volleys:

1) Be in control.

2)  Avoid net mistakes.

3) Aim at the baseline

Focusing on this will help you improve your technique by forcing you to be proactive, move your fee...

July 13, 2014

On second serves, you are vulnerable so it is very important that you force the opponent to start the point with his/her weaker side.  You do not want to be under attack and serving to the weakness will give you the best opportunity to start the point neutrally and win...

June 12, 2014

In order to accelerate the racquet-head the forearm and shoulder need to work efficiently.  Here is a drill to help players understand how to pronate the forearm and rotate the shoulder to achieve more racquet head speed.

June 9, 2014

This is usually one of the last elements that I try to incoorporate into my players' serves.  As the players move from a basic motion to using the correct grip to a fluid coordination between the lower and upper body, I like to introduce a stronger sholder rotation.  T...

May 7, 2014

Here is a time-tested way to explain the different types of serves, flat, kick and slice.

April 29, 2014

Three drills that will help you develop control on your serve by forcing you to constantly adjust your target.

April 6, 2014

The most common instruction in tennis is: "watch the ball." And indeed, many mistakes are the result of not following the ball into the racquet.  However, "watch the ball," is seldom associated with the serve, despite being one of the most important elements of this st...

March 31, 2014

Tennis, like everything else in life, has a set of rules that make life easier when followed but complicate matters when not. I call this set of rules: the laws of the battle. They describe the ideal response to any situation that a player may encounter on the court, j...

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