Understanding a student’s goals for their tennis “education” is the first step to developing a well-rounded approach to quality learning. Some players want to just be able to play with their friends at a decent level; some want to play competitive league play; some may want to play for their high school team or go on to play college. The point is every player is different in terms of their individual desires and skill development outcomes. There is no “one size fits all” learning program for tennis education. However, there are certain fundamentals that must be learned and adhered to for effective stroke production and success on the court.
For those desiring to play at the friendly/social level, a more traditional style of stroke production learning and reinforcing drill sets will help them attain this goal. For those wanting to play at a higher and more competitive level (i.e. juniors wanting to play high school or college), it will be imperative for them to learn the modern game techniques to achieve this goal.
My teaching/coaching style consists of a comprehensive and integrated approach towards learning tennis designed to help players not only reach their physical potential but their mental and emotional potential as well. The physical aspects of the game are very important, but it is the mental and emotional components that are the true challenge and determine how much you will improve and influence your success on the court. Boris Becker, who won Wimbledon at the age of 17 once stated; “Your toughest opponent will always be yourself!”
Although there are many good tennis teachers in the area, most do not address the all important mental side of the game. Whether it’s because it’s an “intangible” area, or they do not have the strategies to integrate into their teaching style, many will just leave that area to chance. I believe that just as a good teacher can shorten the learning curve to developing sound stroke mechanics (physical), teachers can also shorten the learning curve towards developing “mental toughness” through teaching sound mental and emotional strategies as part of the learning process.This approach works well for players of all levels – beginner to world class.