Knowledgeable serving coach in melbourne

#2
Unaware of any melbourne tennis coaches that focus heavily on the serve anymore, except for one in the western suburbs. Rosamond tennis club has a good coach for serving, and he listens to what you request should you ask for it. i.e if you ask him to focus specifically on improving your serve he will try to accommodate his coaching lesson toward what you want more than a structured script that he throws out. This is all word of mouth though, so take it with a grain of salt.

I do know he's almost always fully booked so that's probably says something about him.

I like to learn the pronation for the serve. Am a 4.0 player. Anyone can recommend a quality coach for the serve??
 

zill

Professional
#3
Unaware of any melbourne tennis coaches that focus heavily on the serve anymore, except for one in the western suburbs. Rosamond tennis club has a good coach for serving, and he listens to what you request should you ask for it. i.e if you ask him to focus specifically on improving your serve he will try to accommodate his coaching lesson toward what you want more than a structured script that he throws out. This is all word of mouth though, so take it with a grain of salt.

I do know he's almost always fully booked so that's probably says something about him.
Is it Mat O'Brien you are talking about? He seems new to the club.
 
#4
Is it Mat O'Brien you are talking about? He seems new to the club.
Yep. I can't say he's a great coach as it's only been word of mouth for me about him.

But some other coaches (in melboune anyway) seem to do it just for the money i.e brainlessly feeding you balls left and right and giving prepared comments beforehand instead of giving specific feedback to the person being coached.

Or making their students play sets against each other every now and then. That is definitely not coaching and sets could be played in your own time.

But about Mat O'Brien he has offered a trial lesson before to see if you're happy with him. I don't know about now
 

zill

Professional
#5
Yep. I can't say he's a great coach as it's only been word of mouth for me about him.

But some other coaches (in melboune anyway) seem to do it just for the money i.e brainlessly feeding you balls left and right and giving prepared comments beforehand instead of giving specific feedback to the person being coached.

Or making their students play sets against each other every now and then. That is definitely not coaching and sets could be played in your own time.

But about Mat O'Brien he has offered a trial lesson before to see if you're happy with him. I don't know about now
Seem like a young coach. I expected someone older by the way you described him....
 
#8
I don’t mind at all but just thought really good coaches are older. Eg Mike Tyson’s first coach.
Understood. My coach was also really old, in his 60s when I had him and he was all about the serve and techniquie. Retired now though, so I can see where you're coming from.

Younger coaches nowadays aren't up to standard for what you pay. you can see it all over the place
 

zill

Professional
#9
Do you think this guy would also be good for forehands? If not who might be good? I actually really need more help with the forehand at the moment.
 
#10
I really don't know. your best bet would be to try him yourself, and see if he offers one lesson for free.

As for other coaches I haven't got a clue who would be good for the money. I quit coaching because of this
 

Yoneyama

Professional
#11
Don't stereotype younger coaches guys. There are good ones out there and from my experience I have ran into many more older coaches who just feed balls and repeat useless dialogue like "come over the ball". Younger coaches often excel at modern technique which some older coaches are not as good at teaching. I am 24 and the best coach I have had a lesson with was 2 years older than me. I am from NSW...
 
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