Ok, this is from a thread about racquets, of all things, but I wondered what peoples' thoughts on this might be. Esp. John Y, Kiteboard, Ash, TenCoachFL etc who have, ahem, strong opinions on how strokes are taught... I don't see what is so shocking about this. At the last coaching accreditation course I attended there were a couple of young guys who were both 19. They were both coaching juniors already (it was a level upgrade course) and had excellent technique and a real passion for coaching. What they also had, from their students point of view, was credibility These guys play the local open tournaments and do well. Juniors see this and want to listen to what they say. (one of them crushed me in the semis last weekend, actually ) Thing is, they have been coached professionally by both private coaches and TA (tennis australia) coaches since they were about 6 years old. These boys have seen a huge range of coaching techniques and know what works. Would you rather be coached by a 55 year old ex touring pro who learned to play with a wooden racquet and has made a career out of improving the forehands of midweek ladies 3.5s?