Playing either singles or doubles, you have a ball to hit from the baseline … should you hit cross court or go down the line? A formula from your high school math class can help you figure it out. Continue reading Cross Court or Down the Line?
What is the difference between us “regular tournament players” and the top guys? In my opinion, it is that we frequently give them short balls to attack; while they consistently hit deep and in the corners. Continue reading The Secret to Better Tennis
Is it ever a good idea to lose a game on purpose? According to Jack Kramer in his autobiography, “The Game”, it is one of the keystones of “percentage tennis.” Continue reading Losing On Purpose
Where on the handle of your racquet should your hand be when serving? At the end or somewhere up higher? Continue reading No Butts About It
What role does hearing play in effectively hitting a tennis ball? You would think that it would have very little effect; but, for me, it plays a big role. Continue reading I Can’t Hear!
If your doubles partner is injured or very tired, he should play the deuce court. That according to tournament veteran Peter Allen. Continue reading Which Side Runs More?
How do you line up (deuce vs. ad court) and play the match with a superior doubles partner? That is what I did this past week and will do next week in two Florida tournaments. Continue reading “YOURS!”
You move your opponent off the court with a solid wide shot and there it is in front of you… THE OPEN COURT to hit to. But what happens? You over-hit and either dump it into the net or hit it out. What should you have done instead? Continue reading Hitting The BIG Shot
When you are pairing up with a doubles partner, the decision as to who plays the deuce and who plays the ad side is critical to your success (or lack of it). So, I am looking for input as to which way is better. Continue reading Which Side in Doubles?
Why do you drag yourself onto the tennis court several times a week or drive a couple of hours to play a league or tournament match? Thanks to Ian Westerman, EssentialTennis.com, for this reminder self-introspective question, which could help you have more enjoyment out there. Continue reading Why Do You Play?
Here’s a tennis question looking for an answer… How do you best play with a partner who has bad knees and cannot cover the court? Continue reading An Immobile Partner
Is throwing in an underhanded serve acceptable or somehow underhanded?
My regular doubles partner, Chuck Kinyon, 30-year Dartmouth tennis coach was giving a clinic to players at his Naples housing development and was teaching this serve. Continue reading Is Underhand Underhanded?
What can you do when you are paired with a doubles partner who is just totally negative? And, are you looking for a partner for the upcoming tournament season? Continue reading Having A Negative Partner
Monday morning started off at a cool 59 degrees and the temperature warmed up to the low 70s for our morning of training, team positioning, and drills. A stated goal for the morning is “don’t work too hard” (save yourself for the afternoon doubles match and two-a-day matches that start on Tuesday). Continue reading How To Volley
What is your purpose when you go out on the court to warm up before a match? Different people have different philosophies. Continue reading Warm-up Goals?