I took lessons/clinics for almost 3 years at my local country club and I saw very little improvements in my game for that time. Then as of September, I have been taking 2 1.5 hour lessons every week from a player from the local college and I won my first tournament, won consolation in two others, and made the final in the fourth. Besides my improvement, the biggest change I felt was the way my coach now approached each lesson. He didn't try and show me new gimics or be nice and polite to me during a lesson. But instead he made me work my *** off weather I liked it or not. He didn't come up with some crazy drills to help my footwork, but he ran me until I began moving like I should. But he went back home for the holidays and I took a lesson at another club not too long ago and I almost wanted to tell the coach to stop telling me good job when I knew my shots and movement sucked. Or when we rallied and he saw I was having some trouble with a shot, he just wouldn't hit it to that side for a while. And this lesson cost me twice as much as with my regular coach. My coach has told me about how hard they worked him when he played at some academies in the Czech Republic and South Carolina so I know he knows how to work. But the moral of this story is...Many of these $60/$70 an hour coaches aren't worth $5 simply because they spend too much time trying to be "politically correct" and treat you nicely and tell you good try even you screwed something up so bad you could cry. And I think this might just be what is hurting American tennis as a whole. Anybody else feel this way?