How to teach tennis

Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by Username_, Apr 4, 2014.

  1. dennis10is

    dennis10is Banned

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    Thank you! There is nothing new here for me, I make the same remarks.

    Now, back on topic.
    How does getting advice from a qualified coach, help him be a coach?

    This is the same as saying. I'm not a neuro surgoen but a couple of neuro surgeon on an internet forum gave me some pointers so I'm going to perform surgery on you. These surgeons could be giving perfect tips but that doesn't mean I will be any more qualified to perform surgery.

    If only procedure skills can be transferred to easily via a few keystrokes, we would all be champions.

    I actually did coach high school, I'm "certified" to coach college, but I certainly don't feel I'm qualified.
     
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  2. spun_out

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    Did you have a coach to make sure that you got the best instruction in walking? How about when you played catch? Or basketball?

    Most of us learn most things in life without a 'qualified' coach. What makes tennis so different? OP, I would just let her see you swing a racquet and imitate (if your swing is not very good then you can show her a pro player, maybe someone like Agassi/Haas or maybe Serena). She can shadow swing in front of a mirror so that she can check her swing herself and compare it to the model. I would see where that gets her first.
     
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  3. dennis10is

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    Yes, and most of us achieve the level of a hacker and everything we do. Society's average is low. Are you saying that you can catch a football as well as a Pro Wide receiver. Are you saying that you can dribble and shoot like a pro?

    Last time I checked, neither God nor evolution "made" us natural tennis player. We were "born" to walk if allow the opportunity. we were born to learn languages or create our own but no religious text, no scientific journal have ever claimed that we were born to play tennis or be brain surgeons. Last time I checked, you can't just fly a plane either.

    You seem so sure of your ability to teach others. Let people decide whom to follow, the majority of poster boaster here on the forums, mainly males, who make all sort of claims about their abilities to play or coach. If tennis is so easy and so natural, as you claimed, then why do self-taught players play like cr@p? Surely, they must have been told the very things that you are telling people and tennis is easily learned, so you've claimed.
     
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  4. spun_out

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    Really? You are saying that most pro wide receivers learned to catch a football by being taught by a coach when they started playing football as a kid? Or a NBA player learned to dribble and shoot thanks to a coach when they just started playing basketball? This is news to me. And your argument is that tennis is not natural, but certainly running is a major part of tennis, or stopping, or throwing things, lifting things.

    And what am I so sure of? I am saying that teaching/coaching isn't a necessity for someone who played tennis once. And you are absolutely wrong about self-taught players in that you somehow seem to draw a contrast between self-taught and coached players. Unless by coaching, you mean something very extensive and serious (and is somehow recommending it someone who has played tennis once), then I know plenty of people who's had coaching who look just as bad as self-taught players.
     
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  5. 10sGrinder

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    But I"ll bet you don't know plenty of high-level players (4.5 and above) who were self-taught. Maybe up to 4.0 and if they play everyday they may even make 4.5 if they devote themselves to it. I know a few self-taught players who volley like holding a frying pan. Great athletes, excellent eye-hand coordination, and could have gone places, but a frying pan volley has limits.
     
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  6. sureshs

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    Define self-taught. Does it include instruction videos on the internet?
     
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  7. 10sGrinder

    10sGrinder New User

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    Excellent point. I'm all over videos and the internet as a teaching tool, but the people I'm thinking of (guys in my generation) learned before these tools were available. These "old-timers" (that would be pre-2000??) just did what worked for them at the time. Lots of frying pan volleys and serves. I even know one guy has a frying pan slappy forehand, that is surprisingly accurate! Until he drinks too much beer, then it's all over.

    But If a player is smart and uses a large mirror and/or video, I think he can and definitely should be able to learn a whole lot, and be an excellent player, if he's dedicated and has the right mindful approach. Could make college level for sure.
    I don't know if you could make the top pros without any lessons and/or a coach though. Maybe that's another animal altogether. What do you guys think about that?
     
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