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Learn to Play Tennis like the Professionals:

Our Philosophy is to create a pleasant learning environment to get the best results from every student. Our program has also been carefully designed to help make learning proper tennis both easy and fun.

The program initially teaches the basic strokes needed to play the game and develops these skills to be used in a game/match situation. Lessons are 60 minutes per session.

Start taking lessons early. These skills will help you for the rest of your lives. Our goal is not to turn you into a professional, but to give you the tools for success that will make the game more enjoyable. Fundamentals are necessary for cutting down on injuries and increase longevity in the game.

Your journey starts here ....

There are no hard and fast rules for learning to play tennis or for developing your game, and there is no one style which could be laid down as the "correct" way to play.

Your own style could be one of the most important decisions you willl make in tennis. You should take great care in deciding on which champion you should model your strokes and your natural approach to the game; you should give much thought to deciding whether to change any stroke which may feel natural; and you should be wary of any coach who tells you there is only one way to make certain strokes or only one way to play certain shots.

Most champions developed their different styles to suit their physical makeup, temperament and personality. The only assistance they seek are: training, tactics, temperament (which,of course, embraces behaviour on and off the court), court craft, pride of performance and many other things which are necessary for successful conpetitive tennis under pressure.

There is much to learn. Some of it may be a little dry and unexciting, but you can get your excitement when you next step on court and try some of the hints and tips we provide you.

When you do play, try to remember that tennis is like every other sport, in that if you wish to improve your game you must work at it, give it concentration and remember that essentially it is a sport and good excercise.

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. ----Aristotle

Course Outline

Steps to Succeess Staircase

Step #1 -Awareness...Racket... Ball,... Court....Positioning...Dimensions ...Building a Foundation.... Groundstrokes ...Forehand,..single-handed backhand .... double-handed backhand ...stance ...footwork ...

* Ready Position
* Grip
* The turn to the Set Position
* Footwork to create the ideal Spacing to the path of the incoming ball
* The Pre-Contact Swing Shape
* The Contact Point
* The Post-Contact Swing Shape to the Finish
* The Swing Tempo & Rhythm
* The Post Shot Footwork Recovery

Step #2 - Serve...Return of Serve...theory,... technique..., demonstrations, and stroke development exercises...developing anticipatory skills...Weakness identification and correction; an individual assessment...

Step #3 - The Approach shot, Volley, and half-volley; theory, technique, demonstrations, and stroke development exercises...

Step #4 - The Lob, overhead, and drop shot; theory, technique, demonstrations, and stroke development exercises...

Step #5 - Maximizing your Strokes... Developing consistency...control....power....spin....secret weapon...Think:

"The art of tennis is control and restraint, and putting the ball where the other guy ain't"

In other words, you must think about your game and use what you have to get the best possible results.You must curb any desire to hit everything with power, instead, concerns yourself with accurate placements and increase the percentage of your first serve.

There are no big secrets to winning. Achieving positive results has little to do with superior intelligence or special skills other than sound abilities. The difference between success and failure in competition is remarkable small. The simple habits and techniques work. The first one is knowing the reality of the game. The second is putting your abilities into action with a clear mind.

Step #6 - Environmental Management...There are many things that you cannot control: wind, court conditions, opponent’s play, bad line calls, and so on. If you put too much attention on these events, you get irritated, or even upset. Yet, the events don’t change ... only the level of play drops dramatically.

Many players wake up saying "It's too cold," "It's too windy," etc. Try to focus on how to deal with the elements. Remember that it will be just as windy or cold for your opponent as it will be for you.

By being focused on these events you waste your energy which could be used on elements that you can control: your attitude, effort, and how you intend to play.

Step #7 -Games Management.... Getting the Edge: Competing against Boomers & Retrivers... Serve & Volley players... Lefties... and other opponents....Try to win a series of points. This will demoralize your opponent. Also, it will force you to play more consistently.

Observe your opponent at the onset of the game and evaluate their strengths and weaknesses. Keep playing to their weakness. If your opponent continues to lose the point it will affect his or her concentration. If your opponent gets under control, change your game plan.

If you watch a player for tactical reasons, don't simply note what he is missing or playing well; what you want to know is why he is missing or playing well.

Understanding game's momentum.....

Step #8 - Tennis Intelligence: .Read... Plan....Observe.. Record.. Improve..In your tennis game, this means that you make an investment in yourself. Take some lessons, go to a gym, cross-train, and stretch or try new ideas.

"More tennis can be learned off the court, in the study of theory, and in watching the best players in action, than can ever be learned in actual play." -- Bill Tilden

Step #9 -Strength .. Power...Speed...Athleticism ....Balance ...If you cannot run to the back of the court to retrieve the lob or dart to the service line to cover the drop shot, you reduce your chances of winning. Aerobic exercise of any kind can enhance your game and increase recovery time when you are serving or engage in long points.

Running is excellent for the legs and lungs with distance for stamina and sharp bursts of short sprints to keep a player conditioned for the many short bursts of speed neccessary getting to the net, moving across it, back to the backcourt for lobs and for the many points a good player must scramble for in top company.

Weight training can help improve your serve and overheads.

Exercising and stretching in general can help reduce injures. Physical conditioning is a necessity - sprints, sliding, crossovers, jumping rope, etc. Work on developing fast feet. Go to a tennis court and practice the various movements needed to be competitive. This will give the player "court sense"

Step #10- The Code of Conduct & Rules of Tennis: Read and understand the rules of the game and scoring. This will allow the coach to spend the needed time working on strategy and tactics, challenges and competitive drills.

THE AIM OF THE GAME:
There are only two principles in tennis. All of the rules are just details to support these two principles.

Principle One:
You must get the ball over the net.

Principle Two:
The ball must land in the court on your opponent's side of the net.

If you always do these two things, guess what? It is almost impossible to lose! All you have to do is get the ball over the net and into the court one more time than your opponent, and you're practically unbeatable. Sounds simple enough, doesn't it?

Step #11- Mental Training: Tennis is a multi-dimensional game, but the mental aspect of the game is just as important. You may have developed a diverse game, but if you don't play smart and make the right shot, keep your cool, be patient and wait for the right opportunity to end the point, a lesser player can beat you.

The mental game of tennis is an important element to winning.

Confidence is one of those elements where tennis psychology can help quickly and with very simple tools. If you are not confident you will hesitate, you’ll be afraid to take risks, and your shots will miss by a little. When you build confidence you are able to play your best, even when things don’t look to go your way. That’s how you change them.

Self-trust is the first secret of success. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Step #12- Match Play ....Preparation: Benefits of the game/match program:

We find it offers the players a chance to self discover their tennis capabilities, learning through the mentor system. That is learning by playing people of the same standard for a highly competitive match, a higher standard to learn from them, and a lower standard for trying new strategies and shots.

* Constant matches -Doubles and singles in different formats aids in concentration and participation.
* Very sociable - interacting with players of all different ages
* Teaches players the tennis etiquette and rules
* Rapid Improvement in tennis skills
* Progression to Ladder Tournament

How to develop your tennis performance right up to competition level:

Module 1: Planning
Module 2: Conditioning
Module 3: Mobility
Module 4: Endurance
Module 5: Strength
Module 6: Speed
Module 7: Injury Prevention
Module 8: Psychology
Module 9: Ergogenic Aids
Module 10: Evaluation Tests
Module 11: Competition Preparation

Here are some of the benefits you’ll accumulate from the training modules:

Improve the strength and power of movements by optimising the functioning of your nervous system
Experience a leap in power and stamina as you change your exercises to mimic the intensities of your sport or event
Nullify weaknesses by applying specific strengthening and mobility exercises -- a crucial technique all athletes should master
Transform your circuit training to improve strength, power, economy and VO2 max
Improve ‘lactate threshold’ – the best predictor of endurance performance – by using intense workouts close to maximum velocity
Utilise ‘neural training’ to fine-tune the nervous system to sustain fast intensity for the full duration of your competitive event
Build endurance (rather than strength) for your common ‘at-risk’ muscles such as your back and trunk
Maintain constant speed and power right through to the final stretch (just when the rest of the field slows), using one of the world’s most effective training methods:
Reduce your heart rate and deliver more oxygen to hard-working muscles by increasing blood volume to exceptional levels before competition
Improve flexibility and avoid injury using the ‘dynamic strength workout’
Quickly carve away body fat and replace it with lean muscle
Each module will move you towards a new competitive level.....

Man improves himself as he follows his path; if he stands still, waiting to improve before he makes a decision, he'll never move.
-Paulo Coelho