In this article I would like to talk a little bit about the process of learning how to play Tennis; what works and what doesn’t.So many different methods are used in tennis lessons and tennis teachers have very different approaches to teaching the game.
I have basically spent the last twenty years of my life on the Tennis court playing, competing, and coaching. In coaching I have worked with everyone from beginners, little kids to some of the best juniors in the world and Top 200 professional players.
The last few years I have been traveling around to meet some of the best coaches in the world and learn from them.
Observing some really good tennis teachers give tennis lessons was definitely an eye-opener for me. The goal of this website is to pass on my knowledge and allow me to continue this process of coaching, traveling around the world and meeting some of the best tennis minds out there!
The key to learning Tennis is getting the right information and applying it in practice!
Listen to Vic Braden talk about this subject!
Vic Braden is one of the best tennis coaches of all time. He has done an incredible amount of research on the game of Tennis and how it should be taught!
Learning how to play Tennis well is a long and difficult process! No matter how good the information you get in your tennis lessons or on this website for example, there is no way around putting in the hours to get good at this game! The key to learning any skill is repetition.
This website focuses on teaching you to repeat the correct habits on the tennis court so that they become automatic!
Repetition of the right swing motions, the right movement patterns, the right tactics, and the right mental behaviors is what it takes to take your game to the next level!
Throughout this process of figuring out what it takes to really be great at this game, I have spent a lot of time studying the science of how to play Tennis.
For years now, I have read everything scientific on Tennis that I could get my hands on and tried to find the most knowledgeable people in Tennis in order to learn from them.
All this information has helped me tremendously to improve my own game and really understand what it takes to learn how to play your best Tennis. But when I first started applying this on the court in my tennis lessons, I quickly found that it was very difficult to get what was in my head into their head and get them to do what I wanted them to do.
What I realized is that if you just tell a student what he needs to do only very few students can actually use that information.
I now think the key to getting someone to improve is demonstrating what they need to do and then using very specific drills that allow the student to get there step by step!
So that is what this website will focus on. My goal is to help you improve your tennis game as much as possible without you having to understand all the specific details behind what works and what doesn’t. I will of course give the explanations for those that are interested in them!
So whether you are a beginner or advanced player, I will show you drills and tips based on all the studying and research I have done that will help you improve your tennis game, step-by-step!
Have you ever watched a great player on TV and then went out and tried to copy their motions ? Many people do this and it is what we call visual learning. This can be a good way of learning how to play Tennis and it works great if you are copying the right motions.
Unfortunately, the things that you see the pros do on TV in normal speed can often be confusing!
The pros swing so fast that we cannot see what they are really doing unless we get to see things in super slow motion. And even then it is often not a good idea for recreational players to copy the pros! Fortunately, super slow motion videos are available these days and I have spent the last few years studying a lot of super slow motion of the pros.
On this site I will explain what the pros do, what the average player can copy, and what not.
A lot of the things that we see are probably surprising. One of the best examples is the so-called modern forehand.
People watch players on TV hit forehands and they think that these guys try to wrap the racket around their bodies over to the left side. Looking at the pros in super slow motion we can see clearly that the racket keeps moving forward and up towards the target before it moves across the body on most shots.
Unfortunately, many people that are learning how to play tennis do not see things like this on TV and therefore try to copy the wrong motions!