finding a QUALITY coach

Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by Lee, Jul 25, 2004.

  1. Lee

    Lee Guest

    Since I have started to play tennis, I have changed a number of tennis coaches due to various reasons. I have just ended terms with my current coach. I think he is a well-informed as a coach, but he cared too much about money, always in a hurry to go somewhere, uses profanity and degrading terms, jokes around too much, and does not seem to really care about improving MY game. He is also charging $50 for an hour.

    Does anyone feel me? I am as passionate about tennis as anyone else here. Yet, I could not find a good mentor and that really cares about me as an individual. I am fine with paying my hard-earned money to find a right coach who knows about the game and knows about my game. It seems like a lot of coaches here treat tennis as a business and treat their students as their clients. I mean, I am better off watching the instructional DVD's.. saves money and improves my game as well...
     
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  2. TwistServe

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    It takes time to find a quality coach. I've been in that delima and have switched a few times, but I'm glad to say I recently found a great coach now.

    Maybe if you live in Irvine, you can convince BB to teach ya some tricks hehe..
     
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  3. jun

    jun Semi-Pro

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    It can be tricky. I have been lucky enough to be around good coaches. All the coaches that I have taken lessons have been very helpful and nice to me.

    I guess you just have to look around a bit, see what people have to say about.
     
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  4. Bungalo Bill

    Bungalo Bill G.O.A.T.

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    Well Lee,

    Tennis coaching is a business. We both can't deny that. It would be hard to make money without a constant feed of lessons. My problem was you can only make so much. I just could never get to the $75 an hour for tennis lessons. I know people pay it but I could not justify taking someones money at that rate. $40 is common.

    Caring about players is another matter all together. All coaches should be doing the homework necessary to build up their players. In other words, you should hear things like, "you know I was talking to a pro friend of mine the other day and you came up in the conversation. I wanted to find new ways to help you learn blankety-blank." Or I was looking through my library to find just the right drill for you the other night, what do you think about working on blankety-blank."

    I think if you heard those words you would know this coach cares about you a lot. He is thinking of you during lessons and after lessons.

    As a coach, I went as far as visiting the local tournaments to watch some of my students and kept statistics. It wasn't something they asked me to do. I just showed up and surprised them. Needless to say, they played a little better when they knew I was watching them!

    Obviously, not all coaches are going to say things you want or need to hear, afterall we are human. You also have to ask yourself if you are not asking too much. If you are a higher maintenance person (nothing wrong with that) and you do not do your own homework like looking at DVD's or reading books, then you are placing too much emphasis on the coach getting you better and not enough on yourself. This could lead you to some misconceptions about what a coach is for. Just food for thought.
     
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  5. Lee

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    Mr. Bungalo Bill,

    All I have to say is that if I ever got around to find a coach like you, I would stick with him for a long time. $40 an hour sounds like a great bargain ! Hell, my coach does not even have an e-mail address :oops: :D

    Thanks for the reply, guys!
     
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  6. vin

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    Bungalo Bill,

    If you were in my area, I'd definitely pay the $75. :) Your feedback on my videos has given me way more help than the lessons I've had and tennis camp I went to. I'd be very happy to find a local pro with your level of knowledge and dedication. For now I have to settle on being my own 'coach'. Maybe that will work out better, but it's certainly the slow route.

    You should start a business being an online coach :D

    Vin
     
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  7. Bungalo Bill

    Bungalo Bill G.O.A.T.

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    Funny you say that, actually John Yandell and I are thinking about doing that. I am developing some software that will help with the analysis. We shall see. John has been very kind to me and is helping me with ideas and getting it started. So we will see. It all has to do with how much time I have to fully devote to it.

    I appreciate your compliments.
     
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  8. GrahamIsSuper

    GrahamIsSuper Semi-Pro

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    I was extremely lucky with my coach, I've kept the same for 12 years, fantastic guy. He's actually a good friend of mine, knows the parents etc. His name is Lee Wright, former pro in SA and some in the US, and is currently 55 and can still whip me when he tries.

    He was originally teaching at a local club where i took lessons from him, then took a break from tennis and quit teaching at the club. So it was about 2 months later he called me (i had been suffering around at the same public/private tennis courts (its a tennis center not a club sorry) and so i started again taking lessons from him at different places he was working until now. I think i've played everywhere in the Oklahoma metro region.

    Anyway, Im one of his only/main students now, but there are also some others i've brought to him who also take lessons now. Fantastic man, he comes to all of my matches including the out of section ones. He has also helped me improve greatly almost every month.

    He charges me $25 an hour private and 15 for early morning warmups. He is one of the only 3 past pros in Oklahoma. I take 3-4 lessons a week from him, and then play practice matches all around OKC for the rest of my time.
     
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  9. Bungalo Bill

    Bungalo Bill G.O.A.T.

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    Thats a picture of a good coach!
     
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  10. GrahamIsSuper

    GrahamIsSuper Semi-Pro

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    I guess, he's phenomenol (sp?). Same rate every single time I play, for 12 years.
     
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  11. K!ck5w3rvE

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    finding a quality coach....who needs a coach if Fed doesn't...? lol
     
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