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Old 12-11-2009, 07:51 AM   #47
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Default Creating a progression is NOT a simple matter

Originally Posted by Ash_Smith View Post
I think you're right in what you say. I use the RPT progressive teaching model from start to finish when working with a beginner or mini-tennis player. Where the progs work really well also is, as you say, regressing a player - for example breaking down the serve. Most club players have a full service action but have certain elements which are missing - pronation, extension etc - regressing the player back to just working on the missing element helps them isolate the correct feeling and then rebuild the full swing.

I do this with my ITF players, we isolate and practice the pronation/extension on the serve every session before putting the full serve together.
Creating a progression is NOT a simple matter
Think about a group lesson at which we teach forehand.
You have four intermediate students-
two of them have a continental grip,one western and one semi-western.
Assume that you are NOT going to change their grips to HAVE ONE UNIFORM grip for 4 of them.
Try to write down a detailed progression for them.
You have 20 minutes to work on forehand.
Try to discuss a location of a contact point without confusing one of students.
Try to see how many commonalities you will see
I expect that you would respond that you do NOT run group lessons

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