Life – and tennis – is full of CHOICES… should you “go for it” or be sure to “get it back in play” one more time? In my opinion, sometimes offense is correct and other times not. Continue reading Which is Better?
You have your opponent way off to one side and you are hitting to the open court. How in the world can you miss? But you do. According to veteran teaching pro Spike Gonzales, if you practiced with targets, you would have had a better chance of making that shot. Continue reading Spike’s Target Practice
When you get ready to serve, where do you look … and does it make a difference? It varies from player to player in many ways. Continue reading Where to Look?
You are returning serve against a slow or a kick server and want to take the ball early and then move to the net. But your timing is all off. The reason? You put your shoes on before your pants! Continue reading Chip and Charge
We all know players who CRUSH their first serve (and usually don’t get it in) and then they poke their second serve in at half that speed. Those players need to practice improving their second serve; and here is a drill from John Newcombe to do just that. Continue reading Second Serve Practice
Using the “Australian formation” (having the server’s net man stand on the same side of the court as the server) is a great tactic to break up the returner’s strong cross court game. But, what do you do if you are the receiving doubles team? Continue reading Defending vs. Australian
Bob Wilkie and I were having one of our regular New Hampshire practice sessions and I was hitting overheads, when he commented, “I don’t think I have ever seen you hit a better series of solid overheads than just now!” And it was thanks to my 9-year-old grandson Jayson. Continue reading Learning From a 9-Year-Old
TV coverage rarely comments on it, but the coin/racquet toss choice can impact the start and structure of a tennis match. This reader question focuses the issue … Continue reading Serve or Receive?
Are you concerned about your ability to play steady and keep the ball in play until a good, offensive opportunity opens up and you can then go for the winner — but do it under control? Well, here is a new drill to work on those skills. Continue reading Controlled Aggression + Wimbledon
What is the role of the “net man” when being the partner of the player serving? Too many times, they are just a passive ornament on the court as the ball gets put into play. But they can be much more. Continue reading The Server’s Partner
There is a believed bad call against a player and they just can’t seem to let it go. They carry on in their minds, or to the referee, or to the other player, or to their “team”… and they lose focus. Continue reading “Let it go!” + Fred
In doubles, it is usually the smartest shot to hit up the middle; but you have to sometimes change that strategy to prevent your opponents from totally clogging the middle. So, what do you do? Continue reading Fastball/Curve Ball
If you watch films of the tennis legends, they all used the slice forehand – especially as an approach shot. But in today’s game of extreme forehand grips, that shot has almost disappeared. But should it be in your arsenal? Continue reading The Slice Forehand
You are serving in a doubles match in the deuce court and the returner hits a ball over the middle that lands just beyond the tee on your side of the court. Should your net man have taken the shot … or is it the incoming server’s ball to take? (The incoming server is lower-right in the picture). Continue reading Whose Ball is It?
You ever notice how some players (both pros and club players) ask to have the same ball they just won the point with to hit next? Or, intentionally change balls after losing a point? Continue reading Which Ball Next?