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    Do tennis coaches hate coaching adults?

    I was just pointing out that what he was describing as part of the unit turn wasn't even totally accurate when describing the first step. So he was wrong on multiple levels.
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    Do tennis coaches hate coaching adults?

    There's also a bunch of ways to initiate the first step besides a simple step out with the outside foot. Good athletes will tend to naturally use all of them in different situations, but you can actually train people to use them as well.
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    Do tennis coaches hate coaching adults?

    This is exactly why I tend to think of teaching as a callaborative process. I want to know what you're feeling, what's working, what's not, and then figure out together where to go from there. This happens over the course of time and requires building trust. If someone shows up for lesson one...
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    Essential tennis some new set video

    So a true Tabata is supposed to be the same activity repeated for the intervals, preferably something that involves as many large muscle groups as possible. You're just supposed to absolutely annihilate those muscles over and over again. That isn't to say what @tlm is doing isn't a damn great...
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    AHHH! Are there any sports psych tips that have worked for you?

    If you have never read The Inner Game of Tennis, then you should. I think every tennis player should read that at least once in their life. I'm also a fan of Jeff Greenwald's stuff. I used his book The Best Tennis of Your Life: 50 Mental Strategies for Fearless Performance when I was really...
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    Essential tennis some new set video

    Oh, you definitely can pull off doing 20 on and 10 off for 8 minutes if you are in good shape, but you won't hit the intensity requirements of the actual protocol. You will also get a lot of benefit from doing that kind of training. It's just that doing anything on that interval at any...
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    Essential tennis some new set video

    Tabata was originally done with Olympic level athletes (speed skaters if I recall) and the work to rest ratio is only part of the protocol. I believe they had to maintain something like 80% of peak work rate through all the intervals to complete it successfully. It crushed those guys, but it...
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    Essential tennis some new set video

    The Tabata protocol done properly is basically designed to almost kill you. Easing into it would be getting yourself into extremely good condition both with your cardio base and your anaerobic endurance. I'm actually kind of easing my way into HIIT right now. I do sprint intervals every...
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    Please Critique my Ground strokes - Update after 4 months

    Legs straight, rotation starts from the ground and getting a little bit of weight loaded up by flexing at your hips and knees a little bit (keep the neutral spine so you can rotate properly) could help jump start it. Of course, once it's loaded up you need to actually unload it and use that...
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    Please Critique my Ground strokes - Update after 4 months

    Also, I keep forgetting to mention...someone stole the shirt off your back.
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    Please Critique my Ground strokes - Update after 4 months

    You're definitely a little tight with the shoulder rotation, and standing up straight a lot for those two-handers. The arm position and general form doesn't look too bad though. Like I said, I didn't get a great look because you were out of frame for a lot of the backhands you hit, and the...
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    Please Critique my Ground strokes - Update after 4 months

    You seem to be decelerating a lot on your forehand. I know that was "casual" hitting, but you can still be accelerating into contact when hitting casual. You also tend to swing across the ball right to left instead of out through the ball. A lot of short finishes and reverse finishes. I...
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    Graf vs Fed Footwork

    Fed absolutely brutalizes Blake over and over in that video. He was so explosive back then.
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    Tennis fitness instruction online

    Because that isn't tennis specific training...that's called cross training. Learn words. Knowing how to throw a ball before I can even remember, and playing baseball, baketball, and football before I ever picked up a racquet helped develop a lot of different athletic qualities that aided me...
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    Essential tennis some new set video

    You're describing a game style and not a level of play. I've known 5.0 players who serve and volley and have suspect groundstrokes on both sides. I've known 5.0 players with stronger backhands than forehands. I've known 5.0 players with weak serves that are awesome returners. Not everyone...
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