The value of a tennis camp?

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  1. Aurellian

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    Hi,
    I am a moderately athletic horrible tennis player of about two years. I played for about an hour a day at the Embassy or Intercontinental hotel in Kabul for one year and have taken private lessons—a hybrid between a hitting partner and low level coach—in Bangkok where I spend much of my downtime.

    I recently attended Bolleterri’s Academy for a week and equate to an expensive weekend in Vegas: not very productive but great fun.

    Perhaps I was such a bad player that I was not able to capitalize on the instruction, but the camp was heavy on hitting balls in quick succession in various drills and little on corrective instruction. I expected to leave the camp with a real serve—not the gorilla hammer that I currently hit and the inevitable baby dink follow up and a lob or a drop shot. Negative. I dropped a few pounds but my game was not technically sounder following the camp.

    I am thinking about going to the Saddleback Camp next week and wanted to know if it’s more didactic that Mr. Bolletteri’s boot camp. I want to get better in addition to having fun. Thanks.
     
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  2. 3fees

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    I dont think its the tennis camp that makes a better player, its the instructor that is there,I'd check out who is teaching and his credentials,,
     
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  3. 10ismom

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    You need 1 on 1 lesson. A very good, experienced keen-eyed coach can tell you what's wrong with your service motion, strokes, etc within 15 minutes. There are a few like that I came across past 10 years. Don't need to pay Bolletierie or other famous coaches's rate.
    Take a few or a week lessons with good coach. Tape it so you'll remember what needs correction and how to work at it.
     
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  4. dominikk1985

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    a tennis camp will only help you long term if you continue to train some of those things at home.

    any tennis camp will be good because hitting a lot of balls will make you better but if you only hit once a week at home it won't do so much for your tennis. still it is a fun eperience of course.
     
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  5. WildVolley

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    I second this advice. Especially when you are at a stage to really correct your form, a good technique coach in a 1 on 1 setting is going to be best. There's definitely a place for a camp, but I don't think camps are best for addressing fundamental technique issues.

    Optimally, look for a coach who will shoot high speed video of you and then point out your errors and give you specific drills.
     
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  6. NLBwell

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    Lots of drills and hitting is good for grooving your form. To develop form from a lower level to a higher one, you probably need some lessons.
     
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  7. LeeD

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    With flawed strokes, you have to be willing to make the change, get really bad for a little while, then slowly adapt to the change and allow better form to improve your tennis.
    Meaning, you gotta do a lot of the work, embrace the knowledge given to you, and practice the new stuff.
    That said, some people embrace new ideas, while other's stick with what has been working half a''sed. Everyone is different.
    Few camps would allow you to just hit with your bad form, over and over, without giving you some instruction...which you need to heed.
     
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  8. Aurellian

    Aurellian Semi-Pro

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    Thanks. I know that one on one lessons are essential. I just cant find a good coach to employ in Bangkok.
     
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  9. 10ismom

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    I have heard of Chuck Kreisse (ex-Clemson coach) working in Thailand as a national coach. If he's not there anymore, there must be other good coaches for their National tennis program. There are pros with good technique from Thailand. No doubt gotta be some good coaches there.
     
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  10. Aurellian

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    thanks. coach k left though.
     
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