View from the court.
This will be the last newsletter before the Christmas holidays, so I would like
to take the opportunity to wish all subscribers - The compliments of the season
hoping you and your loved ones have a great break and enjoy the festivities.
It is perhaps a good time to take a short break from serious tennis and perhaps
just play a few social games before having to start training for the new season
that comes around very quickly.
To my mind, 2013 has been a good year for the game culminating in the tournament held at the 02
in London. Will 2014 be as good or perhaps better - it would be excellent if there were one or two
more players who could join the top four who seem to dominate the scene at the moment.
I do think it is a pity that people seem to have trouble with changing the status quo, especially in the
lower areas of the game. Everyone involved with running tennis at a national level can only see what
suits them and this does not necessarily benefit the game.
As an example, one of our local leagues run competitions with three pairs and whilst this is O.K. For
the larger clubs, smaller clubs have difficulty in often just getting two pairs out; it would make sense
to leave the top divisions of the league as three pairs but change the lower divisions to two pairs.
In exactly the same way, those who run the national associations seem only able to focus on winning,
and miss the opportunity to grow the game at grass roots level - but I doubt this will change.
Till the New Year.
WUGN2107 - Crows & Cranes - Ducks & Drakes - Rats & Rabbits.
Quick reaction and fast movement.
Players face each other down the centre of the court
about 4 feet (120 cm) apart.
Each line is given one of the names i.e. A – C – E & F
are Crows and the others are Cranes.
The pro calls out – say Cranes.
The Cranes have to dash for the side-line and the Crows
try to tag them before they reach the tramline.
There must only be a touch for the tagging.
The pro can roll the first letter of the name to keep the players guessing.
Alternative: The pro holds a ball in the hand and when moving it to the right,
the left hand lanes tries to tag the other line.
To play and hit the ball aggressively.
The player starts at the baseline in a serving position.
The pro is at the opposite end.
The player serves and moves to the net and plays the
point out against the pro.
If the player executes a bad shot,the pro feeds in another ball.
The player counts out the rally number from 1 up on each shot and must count aggressively as this
assists on focusing and hitting.
The pro will feed a number of balls and the final ball with be a lofted ball for the player to put away.
Alternative: Player stays back after the serve and rallies from the back court – still aggressively and
Can incorporate more than one player although they play one at a time.
Coaching note: It is important the pro insists the player call out the number all the time aggressively –
this is very powerful
Problems on the Tennis Court.
Having difficulty hitting winning volleys!
Are you great at keeping the ball in play when hitting your volleys but not too good at converting them
We will first take a look at the important physical and mental areas that are stopping you from winning
points at the net.
1/.1st point is your volleying technique could be a factor stopping you hitting the ball hard and accurately.
2/. Irrespective of your technique, you could be hurting your potential volley by being unduly late, and
that results in your either not reaching your hitting position early enough or having to volley too far away
from the net therefore getting into the following difficulties:
A/. When you are close to the net, you may be in a flat-footed ready position as your opponent starts to
hit the ball. This leaves you poorly prepared and unable to move as quickly as is necessary.
B/. You may not like being at the nnet and therefore a little indecisive, thus not trusting your instincts as
you wait for the ball. This puts you at a disadvantage from getting to a good passing shot.
C/. You may be instinctively backing away away letting the ball come to you . The ball therefore drops
below the net height and therefore you can only hit the ball upwards.
D/. You may be stopping as you volley, This lessens your ability to hit an aggressive shot but also keeps
you from crowding the net for a follow-up volley.
Answers to help you improve.
1/. Work on your stroking technique, then to increase your power by learning to transfer your body weight
from the back foot to the front foot just before your contact the ball. By turning your body first as you
take the racquet back (but not too far) and having a forward motion , you can begin to hit harder,
accurate volleys that either force a weak return or produce winners.
The closer you are to the net (but not too close) the less skills you need to be a good volleyer. Equally,
the further you are back from the net, the more skill you will need.
Whenever you can – run through your first volley as you transition to the net and keep closing in so you
can use maximum angles whilst reducing your opponent’s potential passing angles