How to find a coach

Discussion in 'Adult League & Tournament Talk' started by smiley74, Oct 18, 2007.

  1. smiley74

    smiley74 Rookie

    Sep 20, 2007
    How does a serious player go about finding a coach? I want to do everything in my power to take my game as far as it will go.

    I take 6 hours of lessons from a pro at my club right now and hit on my own. However, due to family and teaching commitments, my pro can't really be as in depth as I need (in every facet-nutrition, exercise, mental strategy, etc.).

    I need a coach not just an instructor if that makes sense.

    Plus, I want someone who can travel to matches with me.

    I really like my pro but I don't know how committed to me he can be.

    Any suggestions?
  2. Raiden.Kaminari

    Raiden.Kaminari Semi-Pro

    Nov 21, 2006
    Hmmm ... how much are you willing to pay a coach for his time? Top coaches (not just instructors) work at places like Saddlebrook, Evert Academy, N.B.'s, V.B.'s, etc.

    As you noted, there are many instructors who fall short being a coach, since they don't know much about helping their students improve mental toughness (as seen even at the pro level), nutrition, etc.

    Both USPTA and PTR have top coaches, as well as instructor level coaches.

    But I found that you have to see determine how much they keep on learning about tennis themselves. If they think they know it all, best to go to another instructor.
  3. goober

    goober Legend

    Jun 9, 2004
    I hope you have a lot of money if you want a private coach that is going to travel with you and spend that much time on you. I would look for proven coaches with a track record in developing players. Look at tennis clubs, college coaches, word of mouth. Many top level coaches though won't put that much time into you unless you are a promising prospect. Of course if you show them the big bucks, I am sure a lot of them will come around :)

    IMO-nutrition and exercise, can be learned on your own if you are committed. There are plenty of books and internet info on this stuff. Most tennis coaches are not nutritionists or fitness experts. If you are willing to spend the money I would actually pay a nutritionist and a fitness expert who has worked with high level tennis players to develop a plan and monitor your progress.
  4. smiley74

    smiley74 Rookie

    Sep 20, 2007
    Thank you both for your reply!

    I will check out the USPTA and the PTR to see if they can give me leads.

    Also, good idea about contacting a nutritionist and fitness expert.

    I think men can just go out and play but maybe women are a little more high maintenance! Or, it could just be me! LOL ;)
  5. Cindysphinx

    Cindysphinx G.O.A.T.

    Aug 31, 2006
    If you can "just go out and play", why are you asking for advice or seeking a coach at all?

    Perhaps you could also hire a sensitivity coach . . .
  6. Kaptain Karl

    Kaptain Karl Hall Of Fame

    Sep 17, 2004
    The High Country of Colorado
    There are some highly qualified people who regularly post on TT who might help you. Send e-mails to people like (these, who are the first to "pop into my head"):

    Bungalo Bill

    These guys (and I'm sure, others) have connections they may share with you...

    - KK
  7. smiley74

    smiley74 Rookie

    Sep 20, 2007
    Great! Hey, thanks.....:p

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