Do you love playing tennis at night?
Do you love playing tennis at night? Do you find that the feel and smell of nighttime air on a tennis court causes an unspecific joy to well up inside? Imagine this – an energy-efficient tennis lighting system that offers more light and saves you money. No need to imagine. The Tennis Optics Advantage Series provides higher lighting levels with lower wattage bulbs, meaning you see the ball more clearly and you save.
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Fling It – Sling It – The Game Keeps Changing
Over the years I have accumulated a substantial tennis library. Some of my favorites include Fundamentals of Tennis, by Stanley Plagenhoef, Match Play and Spin of the Ball, by Bill Tilden, Tennis for the Future by Vic Braden, and World Class Tennis Technique by Jack Groppel. And as I am more or less a visual learner, I enjoy comparing the photos and stills from different eras to see how the strokes may have been different, as well as how the interpretation of the game by those authors may also be different.
The biggest changes have been wrought by racquet technology, and how the new racquets encourage the players to swing faster, and by extension to require more and more spin to ensure those bombs dive down into the court after crossing the net. Curiously Fabrice Santoro carved a fairly substantial career (with Grand Slam doubles titles and singles wins over Sampras and others) using an underspin forehand, but then again, he was called the magician.
But when it comes to racquet speed, which we see in spades across the professional spectrum, players are not blocking the ball. On controlled hits, they seem to be stroking the ball but when they're trying to generate extra raquet head speed, they appear to whip or fling the racquet through the contact zone.
Take a few moments with the following Federer forehand. Note how the racquet head lags behind his hand, and the closer his hand moves to contact the greater the lag. Then, at the last minute, the racquet head jumps through contact. Further, as the racquet head rotates at impact, my impression is of an extremely loose grip. And truly, to capture the flinging feeling of any implement (even a golf club), the trick is to accelerate the head at the last minute with an extremely loose action.
Consider the material of Howard Brody and Rod Cross regarding rebound velocity of fixed and freely mounted tennis racquets (I have run this by my academically inclined friends, and after a few moments thought, they do understand and reluctantly agree.). A ball machine shoots a ball at the face of a tennis racquet; in one instance the racquet is balanced vertically on the butt cap, in the other instance the handle is braced firmly in a vise. Yet, rebound velocities are identical. Repeat. Rebound velocities are identical.
The explanation is as follows. The wave created in the racquet from the collision takes longer to reach the handle (and allow the vise to do its work) than the amount of time the ball dwells on the string bed. The ball leaves the string before the wave reaches the vise. This has been as hard for me to conceptualize as it may now be for you.
But, out on a limb as ever, my thoughts are an extremely loose grip (watch Federer yet again) and a flinging-slinging action will approximate the nuance of the absolute best forehands in the game – and the same can truly be said of Nadal. And further, though equally difficult to conceptualize, any rotation of the racquet head at impact may not actually influence the flight or speed of the ball.
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Five Secrets to Killer Speed Training For Tennis
In tennis, speed is probably the most vital determinant of your performance. If you can get to the ball in a good position to hit it, you stand a great chance to hit the ball well. If you don't - you can't! But Tennis Speed so much more than the ability to run at maximum speeds. In fact if you think about it, because of the distances covered on a tennis court it is almost impossible to reach top speed. And tennis speed is almost never run in a straight line. Paul Gold offers five ways to help improve your on-court speed.
Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova Service Comparison
Among the pros, subtle nuances can lead to large variations in technique and results. Using the SportsCAD video analysis tools, now available to all TennisOne members, Jim McLennan compares the serves of Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova. Although both players serve big, it's easy to see here why Serena Williams has the best serve in the women's game, and it has a lot to do with posture and balance.
Inner Coach vs. Inner Critic
This Jorge Capestany and Luke Jensen talk about developing your inner coach. This is the inner part of you that will assist and motivate you, and not just on the tennis court but throughout the rest of your life. Your inner dialogue can be described as the running conversation you have with yourself. As we compete, this dialogue can become very negative as we struggle through a tough match. The interesting thing here is that say things to ourselves during a match in a manner or tone that we would not tolerate from someone else.
ProStrokes 2.0 – Nikolay Davydenko's Serve
This 28 year old journeyman finished 2009 on a high, capturing the season ending Masters tournament, and recording wins along the way over Federer, Nadal, and Del Potro. Currently ranked 6th, Nikolay plays solid, no nonsense tennis. Nothing overly big, but equally, nothing glaringly weak. Speed and consistency are major assets. With his strong showing at the Masters – look for him to keep this momentum and, perhaps vault to his first Grand Slam title in Melbourne early this year (hey, stranger things have happened). New this issue, Davydenko's Serve.
The Etcheberry Experience DVD
For more than twenty years Pat Etcheberry has been providing athletes from around the world with the winning edge. We call this the Etcheberry Experience, and players with an Etcheberry experience have hoisted Championship Trophies at over one hundred major championships, including 28 Australian Opens, 18 Wimbledons, 22 UP Opens, 22 French Opens and 15 Olympic medals.
And now it's your turn! This is your chance to experience the same drills, exercises and words of tennis wisdom that Pat gave to Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi, Jennifer Capriati, Martina Hingis, Jim Courier, Justine Henin-Hardenne, and others, that helped launch them on their incredible careers. For the first time, Pat Etcheberry shares his training secrets in a series of DVDs for players of all ages, their coaches, and trainers.
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