TennisOne Added Value
We're introducing three new ways to add value to your TennisOne membership today. First, we've changed the member account page to a My TennisOne page, a place where we can provide additional value to your membership. So the next time you login, you can click on My TennisOne button below the login area in the upper left-hand corner of the TennisOne home page and see the second new addition to your TennisOne membership.
We're introducing T1 Super Slow-Mo video to our site, and as a way of showing our gratitude for your support, we're including five bonus (free) T1 Super Slow-Mo videos in your My TennisOne account. Engineered with special cameras and enhanced digital processing, T1 Super Slow-Mo is TennisOne's next great way to show you the game like you've never seen it before. You can see a sample right now by clicking on the photo of James Blake below (large QuickTime file so it may take a few seconds to download).
Our third new value to members is a referral system located within My TennisOne. If you refer friends to TennisOne and they become a members, you earn the equivalent of $10 per member, which can be redeemed for tennis products. Starting today, refer three friends for a TennisOne membership and receive Jim McLennan’s outstanding “Secrets of Worldclass Footwork” CD (a $29.95 value). We'll be providing additional value to your My TennisOne account in the future. Thanks, enjoy, and tell your friends.
Kim Shanley, Publisher
Super Slow-Mo Video
My journey as editor of TennisOne has reawakened my interest in styles of play, as well as methods of teaching and learning. We receive a constant (and welcome) stream of articles written from differing points of view, all attempting to clarify some aspect of the game. Interestingly, the author's point of view influences their language, and often the resulting language either does or does not enable the reader (either you or I) to see things in a new and perhaps clearer light.
So one of the elements I now contemplate concerns the evolution of the game, both from a player's as well as a teacher's perspective. Now there is more topspin, more power, and somehow less net play than in the 50's 60's and 70's. Better racquets and better conditioning may have influenced these trends. But how will the game be played 50 years from now? Similarly, modern coaching appears to embrace more variations in style and grips than in the 50's 60's and 70's. And a pertinent question is whether the teachers have led this evolution, or rather is it the players who have evolved these new styles and the teachers who have observed the changes and incorporated these elements within their teaching efforts? The martial arts have evolved over many centuries and presumably the teaching of the martial arts have changed and kept pace, then what of the tennis teachers in 50 years?
Click photo to view James Blake in T1 Super Slow-Mo Video.
I suspect the teaching will incorporate the sights sounds and feels of tennis, and will move away from verbal description and the resulting command style of coaching. Certainly there are youngsters modeling their game after Federer, just as he emulated Edberg. Sampras watched Laver, and I suspect, without an interminable stream of language from a teacher interpreting what Pete saw. The picture tells the story. Similarly, one can see the balance, the posture, the simplicity, and the whips in Roger's game and any attendant explanation may actually obscure the vision. But now, in high speed photography, playing the images backward and forward on your computer screen, the pictures tell an entirely different story.
So, I believe we have a magnificent tool for visual learners (and remember initially we were all visual learners, for no one described how we might take our first walking steps).
You see and study many new things with super slow-motion video. What may have been just “words” is now translated into crystal clear imagery: balance and footwork, split-step, racquet take-back, coiling, contact point, pronation, follow-through, and recovery can truly be seen and modeled.
Here are a few of my initial guideposts that may help along this learning journey. All the professional examples demonstrate incredibly efficient strokes. Efficiency concerns the energy put into a system and the subsequent output. So we are seeing a tremendous amount of racquet speed, generated effortlessly and timed to peak within the contact zone. As you watch our clips, note the acceleration and deceleration of the racquet, but equally note the contribution of all body parts to that swing. The fancy name is “kinetic chain” where the forces from the legs move to the torso, to the shoulder, to the upper arm, to the lower arm and to the racquet. But just like children playing crack the whip when ice skating, it is the combination of the forces from all the children that fling the last kid hopefully into a snow bank rather than a tree. But what I personally see in these images is that no one link in the chain dominates or overpowers the others, the transmission of power is smooth rather than forced.
So, find an image that “speaks to you” and watch it so many times that you can see it in your mind's eye. And then when on court, do not measure or evaluate how your stroke feels in comparison, rather monitor what you feel and specifically where you feel the effort. Generally, whatever part of the stroke feels most effortful indicates that previous elements were not fully engaged. Then revisit the super Slow-Mo of that stroke and look again to see how those “previous links” are used, and then return to the court.
I think the teaching will evolve into such a “language-less” learning system, and if so we will all be the richer for it.
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Dominating the Backhand Diagonal
More from Wayne Elderton on game based situational training, a practical application to improving your game. This time Wayne focuses on the backhand exchange. A solid backhand exchange is a required skill for effective tennis. Especially when playing against today's typical, ‘big serve/big forehand' players. Many players are weaker on the backhand side. With a little bit of work, you can be dominating by constructing points from a backhand crosscourt exchange.
Timing and How to Explore It
If you've ever swung a child on a playground swing, you understand timing. You wouldn't push when the swing is still coming toward you, nor stop it at the top of its arc and delay letting it go. Those disrupt the rhythm. Instead, you help the swing move its own natural way. In the same manner, Rolf Clark shows you how to help your racquet and body -- your tennis hitting system -- swing that way too.
ProStrokes Gallery: Thomas Enqvist - Serve
Thomas Enqvist has been ranked in the top 100 professional players for the past 13 years. Enqvist relies on a driving topspin forehand, preferring pinpoint placement to looping topspin drives. He is able to move forward, understands the net, and is deadly when openings occur. Make no mistake, this 6'3” pro can get the job done. New this issue - the Enqvist Serve.
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Jeff Greenwald - Fearless Tennis
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