Struggle to ‘Get Going’

“Today just wasn’t my day.” “It wasn’t meant to be.” “I could not get going.” Sometimes we all feel this way on the tennis court. The reality is that there will be matches where we just never get into a good place and...

Improving Culture — It’s Cool to Care

By Drew Sosebee. First blog post by Coach Drew!!! How to Create a Better Elite Drill Environment: Audible confirmations and affirmations. It is not enough to simply lead by example. There must an environment where coaches can close their eyes and know they are in the...

Equation For How You Are Playing

Frequently, tennis matches can be described as: “I won so I played well,” or “I lost so I played bad.” But what does that really mean? When we feel like we are playing well or not playing very well…why do we have that feeling?...

What is Your Biggest Tennis Issue?

1.) Toughness Characteristics: Lose lots of close matches. Struggle with long games, 3rd sets, & fatigue. Struggle with the biggest moments of the match. Frequently have losses with scores like: 6-7, 1-6. Solutions: Do a honest evaluation of your motivation...

Strategy Progression

PHASE 1: What is your primary strategy? Understand which side (forehand and/or backhand) you will build with and which side you will manage. The side you build with will likely be your stronger and more powerful side. The side you manage needs to be very consistent...

High % Rules Version 2.0

1.) When behind the baseline, do NOT miss in the net, miss long. 2.) When inside the baseline, do NOT miss long, miss wide or in the net. 3.) Make all 2nd serve returns. 4.) No double faults. 5.) Make your first serve on the first point of your service game. 6.) Hit...

Group Practices

Benefits of practicing with weaker players… (1) Work on offensive skills. You will be in control of most of the points and can work on: changing direction of the ball, taking the ball earlier, coming to the net, changing the spin of the ball. (2) Opportunity to...

Tennis Notebook

TENNIS NOTEBOOK • Player Development Plan – strengths, limitations, tournament & practice schedule, rankings & goals • Practice log (what you did/what you learned at practice) • Tournament log (who you played, score, analysis of the match, what you did well,...

Passing Shot & Approach Shot Rules

1.) Benefit of approaching cross court — it is a high percentage shot over the low part of the net to the deep part of the court. Negative about approaching cross court is that it is tough to cover the passing shot. You need to move very quickly to cover the...

How to Approach a BIG Event

1.) Prepare with the tournament in mind. – Manage your practice schedule months out. – Think about the event frequently for motivation. 2.) Set a realistic goal that is not revenge motivated. – Set a challenging but not discouraging goal. –...