Rituals & Scripts. How they can help you win!

Rituals Successful players across all sports use rituals and scripts to gain a competitive edge over their opponents and control themselves during the heat of battle. There are two main types of rituals, Pre-Game rituals and In-Game rituals. In game rituals are more easily identified at the pro level as behaviors that you can typically…

Developing Great Competitors

Tennis is an individual sport. This is one of the reasons this game is so great. You own your own game, you are responsible for your wins and losses and this is very rewarding for those who have made sacrifices for their game. It is also the reason that losses are so hard to take…

Don’t be idle after the serve!

  (Players like David Ferrer, who don’t posses huge serves know the importance of being ready after the serve) Chances are, if you are an average club player, you have an average serve. In fact, i would go so far as to say that if you are not consistently winning two points a game from…

Modern Doubles Strategy: 2 back on return

One of the most successful tactics on the professional doubles tour at the moment is playing both receivers back on the return. The Bryan brothers use this strategy often to counter the bigger servers they face and to set up their booming groundstrokes. Due to Mike being a right hander and Bob being lefty, both…

What you need to know about your stance!

Currently there is much debate in professional tennis circles over common ground stroke stances, of which there are 4 variations. Open, closed, semi-open and neutral stance. The most common discrepancy between teaching methods is the open vs closed debate. In the modern game, you don’t need just open or closed, you need to use all…

Offense Vs Defence

Yesterdays Super Bowl XLVIII result proved one thing in football, that the #1 defense in the NFL is more important that the #1 offense. Watching the trend in tennis over the last decade has proven to yield a positive correlation between increasing defensive abilities and Grand Slam success. Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic…

Momentum in Matches

  Knowing when to slow the pace of play down and when to speed it up is crucial in competitive tennis! Momentum swings in tennis happen so quickly. You need to understand every tactical swing and play of the game. Your not just feeling your way through the dark during a match. Knowing when your opponent…

Breathing in Tennis

Mastering your breathing on the court is vital in keeping your energy levels high and your concentration focused in the heat of battle. I’m not suggesting everyone is playing for ATP/WTA money but tennis is more fun when you’re winning and anything that can improve your performance naturally should be seriously considered. Breathing in tennis…

The Split Step: “The Key to fast reactions”

There is only one shot in tennis that doesn’t need the split step, the serve. On every other shot, you are forced to react to your opponents ball, and this simple footwork move will get your body ready to move. Performing a split step isn’t complicated and it isn’t too physically demanding, but it does…

The Overhead

There are few shots more satisfying in the game of tennis than the overhead when executed well. However, for the majority of club players the high ball can cause considerable anxiety. There is nothing more frustrating than constructing a great point and getting yourself into a position to finish it strongly, only to flub the…

The Non Racquet Hand

The typical club level tennis player does not use their non racquet hand well. They don’t change between grips fast enough or turn their shoulders enough to leverage maximum power from rotation. These are common weaknesses that can be solved by better use of the non racquet hand. Using your non racquet or “off hand”…

Cross Court: “Playing The Percentages”

The highest percentage direction to hit any stroke from the baseline is crosscourt. Down the line shots are riskier because they have to clear the highest part of the net, and usually while changing the direction of the ball. Although the riskier option, possessing good down the line shots in your arsenal can be devastating…