Ideas for tennis camp or a tennis pro -- improvement desired

COCap

New User
Hoping for some great suggestions. My goal is to improve my tennis....be a better 4.0 doubles player. I have between now and April, 2020 to participate in whatever it takes. I live in Denver, CO but am willing to travel. I'm a retired adult player.

So first question -- please recommend some high quality tennis camps you have attended where focus is on improvement, instruction, & doubles strategy -- not practicing bad habits with no feedback. I play on hard courts so I do prefer those and know that is hard to find where many of the adult camps are located.

2nd question -- please recommend a great dedicated coach in Denver who can somehow incorporate doubles strategy into private lessons -- hopefully you know this person is great through personal experience.

Thanks!
 

heninfan99

Talk Tennis Guru
Adult camps are fun but not great for lasting improvement.
I think Jeff Salzenstein teaches out of Denver but is very good and probably pricey. Maybe he could recommend someone good though.
 

COCap

New User
Yes Jeff has been suggested by someone else and I have contacted him. He is mainly an online type coach and yes quite pricey for anything ($300/hour). And recommended someone who coaches at a private country club.

It would be most helpful to me if you have been to any adult camps that are "fun" where you didn't learn anything for you to name them so I don't go and waste lots of $$$.
 

OnTheLine

Hall of Fame
My general thought is that for long-term improvement it has to be paced over a longer period of a time than a camp can offer.

If you can find a local coach that is good with adults and that you feel comfortable with, set up a multi-month program with him/her. Say maybe two private lessons a week then complete the rest of your week with hitting partners for practice, match play with people sometimes better than you sometimes lower and your actual league/ladder/tournament matches.

Would be especially beneficial if part of what you are paying this pro for is the time to watch your actual matches, take notes and then give you feedback/direction on what to work on that broke down in those matches.

Could then modify it to 1 private a week or every other week to fit to a budget (money or time)

Over the course of a few months you should see marked improvement. You may also end up spending much more than on a weekend or week-long camp!

If you are really interested in a camp experience .... one that looks pretty good is Nadal's camp in Mexico ... it looks to be well-designed, lovely area and not outrageously expensive. Sorry, can't remember the name but google should find it.
 

joffa101

New User
I keep recommending weekly group sessions (4 people). They seem to do them a lot in Australia, but don’t seem popular in the US. They are a cheap and fun way to improve.
 

OnTheLine

Hall of Fame
All good suggestions. Are you a player? A pro? What level do you play?
I am also an adult player. Played a little after college (not before) then didn't play for 20+ years, came back at age 47 ... in the past 3 years and 1 month went from a 3.0 to now knocking at the door of 4.0.

I have taken sporadic lessons, a lot of clinics, a lot of hitting with partners and a ton of league matches.

For my 50th birthday I treated myself to a 1 month package of lessons with a pro. Designed it with the help of a few people on the board

Did 6 private 90 minute lessons combined with separate partner hitting sessions and the pro came out and watched matches (yeah paid for that too) and gave me specific feedback afterwards.

The improvement was better than hoped for.

I wish I had the budget both time and money to do the same thing over perhaps a 6 month or 1 year period of time. Alas, not my world. Haven't had a lesson since April ... but still on an upward trajectory, just not as fast.
 

heninfan99

Talk Tennis Guru
Yes Jeff has been suggested by someone else and I have contacted him. He is mainly an online type coach and yes quite pricey for anything ($300/hour). And recommended someone who coaches at a private country club.
Why not use the coach he recommended?
 

ChaelAZ

Legend
Hoping for some great suggestions. My goal is to improve my tennis....be a better 4.0 doubles player. I have between now and April, 2020 to participate in whatever it takes. I live in Denver, CO but am willing to travel. I'm a retired adult player.

So first question -- please recommend some high quality tennis camps you have attended where focus is on improvement, instruction, & doubles strategy -- not practicing bad habits with no feedback. I play on hard courts so I do prefer those and know that is hard to find where many of the adult camps are located.

2nd question -- please recommend a great dedicated coach in Denver who can somehow incorporate doubles strategy into private lessons -- hopefully you know this person is great through personal experience.

Thanks!

If you are looking for a fun and solid tennis camp (AKA adult getaway with lots of tennis) check out Newcombes Tennis Ranch programs. I love Newks and classes/camps are always taught in small group with TONS of instruction for 4. The Pros are excellent and hands on. Facilities are really good and the food was excellent. They are a bit relaxed, so don't expect 5 star attendents waiting on you hadn and foot, but they meet all expectations. A week is around $1k and includes everything and all the tennis you can handle.

 

ReopeningWed

Professional
There's a guy named Jesse Inghelram in SF who played D1 at UCSB and he coaches adults. He focuses on understanding tennis and I've been seeing week over week improvement with him.
 
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