Visit from Northwood Tennis club

The club had a busy week last week with Northwood tennis club from london visiting the club and playing friendly games against  club members. Four hours of tennis was followed with a barbecue and a few glasses of wine. An enjoyable night with great tennis .

I also believe there were a few pool champions hovering around the pool table…enough said!

The players at Northwood I talked to remarked on the great condition of the courts and the beautiful setting of the club.

lets hope we see you all next year in sunny Spain!

Improving your technique

A problem that people have when learning how to play tennis is learning how to improve their technique. This can be done by learning what you are doing first and then lots and lots of practice.

If you are not sure of what you are doing then working to follow a few small tips will   improve your overall game greatly and allow you to play a much better game.  Having a good hitting technique is not the only thing that you need to play a good tennis game.

Your first step is going to be the tried and true tip of practice and practice some more. If you never practice your technique then it is not going to improve no matter how many books you read or how many tutorial videos you watch. Learning how to improve your technique by reading some books and articles can be helpful, but you must take what you have learned and actually put it to use on the tennis court in order to actually reap the benefits that are available to you.


Your next concern should be making sure that you are using a tennis racquet that is appropriate for your skill level as well as physical size. If you are using the wrong racquet then no matter what you do there will be no way for you to hit the ball effectively. If you work very hard to ensure that you are hitting the ball then you are certain to ensure that you are making progress. A good appropriately sized racquet will make it much easier to hit the ball and ensure that you are able to play the best possible.


For actual tips, you want to always hold the racquet as if you were going to hit the ball with your palm for a forehand swing. This will allow you to easily get the grip on the racquet you need to connect squarely with the racquet. If you hit from the side your ball is likely to land in the alley and unless you are playing doubles this is not a god idea at all.


For a good backhand, you need to hold the racquet with either one hand or two depending on how you are most comfortable. If you do hold the racquet with two hands you need to ensure that you are not overlapping your hands as this will cause you to tilt the racquet slightly which will again hinder your technique and likely result in numerous balls that go out into the alley. You need to also ensure that you are not using a racquet that is too heavy; if you are, it will pull down either forward or backwards and make it difficult to get a good solid square connection to the ball.


Your stance is also going to be very important. If you are standing around casually slouching when the ball is coming at you and slowly yawning as you lift the racquet you are not going to get the impact that you need. You are likely to not care about your technique either. However, since you are reading this you are telling yourself that you do care about your technique, which means you care about your stance as well. Ensure that you are properly balancing the weight between your legs to get the best results possible.


The last step is to always ensure that you watch where the ball goes. If you are wrong about where the ball goes and are having to suddenly bolt across the tennis court to barely touch it with your racquet you are not going to have as good of a return as if you had anticipated exactly where the ball was going. The skill of always watching the ball will involve a bit of careful planning and practice both on the court and off in order to be truly successful at improving your technique.


ITF Tournament on coast this week

If you ever fancied playing some tournaments along the Costa del Sol  then why not consider playing in an  ITF Seniors event at one of the clubs on the coast.

At present Puento Romano  Tennis club in Marbella is hosting an event and Tony is playing today in the quarter finals singles.

Our club Forest Hills in Estepona will be hosting an ITF tournament at the end of Jan 2018- 23-28th .      so Keep  those dates in your dairy.

Will keep in touch with more news.


Choosing the correct Tennis racquet

There are many different types of racquets on the market and each one is built to be played with a certain way and also for a certain type of person.


You need to be aware of a few important facts before you decide to purchase a tennis racquet so that you are making a wise purchase.
Buying a tennis racquet can be a confusing exercise, mostly due to the large variety that are available on the market today.

This is even more difficult, when you cannot get advice from a personal coach or a more experienced player.

Here are a few guidelines that almost anyone can use to make a more informed purchase.
Here are a few tips on how to purchase a suitable and comfortable tennis racquet to suit an individual’s needs:
Seniors and females should focus on purchasing a racquet that can provide added power as this category of person usually has slower and less powerful contact swings.  Getting a racquet that is light weight and perhaps has a slightly oversized head is better than using one that is longer and head heavy.
The intermediate player who is a little more skilled at the game may require a little less power form the racquet, thus needing one that has enhanced manoeuvrability.  The ideal racquet here should have a midplus head and a more extended length. As for the more advanced to high level players, the racquets should ideally be heavier  and also have smaller and more balanced heads, thinner beams and better control.

The general rule of thumb is that the heavier the racquet, the more power and stability the racquet will be able to generate.

This also helps to lessen the transmission of shock when in contact with the ball. With the lighter version of the tennis racquet, it may be easier to swing and manoeuvre but may not give the player the added power to create any forceful play action.
The grip of the racquet should also be a grip that allows the player to be comfortable and in control of the general direction the ball flight takes. If the grips are not suitable, then these can be changed at the request of the player.
A good idea is to try many different types of racquets before you actually buy one.  There are many different types of racquets on the market and the best way to find the correct racquet for you that is to try it before you buy it and find one that is comfortable in your hands and fits your budgets.
Do not assume that the most expensive racquet will be the best.  While it may be true that the more expensive racquets will often times be better than the cheaper ones, you can still find tennis racquets at a reasonable price that will still be very beneficial for your tennis game.

How to win a Tie Break

In tennis the tie-breaker is one of the tests you must pass during a REALLY tight match.

It’s a measuring stick for who can handle the pressure the best, because it’s also the last chance to  win the set and the end of the line is approaching fast.

If you handle the pressure and win the tiebreak then you win the set, but if you can’t then all of the work you have put in during the set is more or less lost. Obviously, if you find yourself in a tiebreak situation then you are pretty closely matched with your opponent and it’s probably going to come down to just a few points that will really make the difference.


So how do you make sure you win those VERY important points?


Calm Down


It’s important that you recognize and take the necessary time to evaluate some things about your current state of mind. A checklist will you make sure you are properly prepared to begin the tiebreak in a good mental position and playing at your best.


Take 30-45 seconds before you engage in the tie-break with your opponent. If you’re serving first just let the balls sit at the back of the court as you turn away from your opponent and focus on your strings.


Straighten all of your strings as you think about your breathing. Are you calm? Tell yourself that you love to play tie breakers because of the challenge they provide, even if you don’t… you need to like playing them and seeing what the outcome will be, win or lose….Eliminate any thoughts of what happened during the set up to this point, it’s over.


You can’t control it and you need to try to forget about it and only focus on what your plan is for the tie break moving forward. It can be hard but it will make the difference in your results during tie-breaks.


Your opponent is also nervous and if they are impatient all the better for you. They will wonder what you’re doing and it will get them thinking of things that aren’t beneficial to the tie-break. Let them stew, you aren’t doing anything wrong !


Think tactics


The next thing you need to do after you have motivated yourself for the tie-break and you have calmed your breathing and mind is to decide how you want to play the tie-break.


You need to ask yourself what has been working for me during this set ? Am I breaking down their backhand consistently? Are they able to come up with a pass on the forehand when I approach the net? Where are my serves most effective?


Figure out what is working for you up to that point and then stick with it. If it’s been working so far it will probably continue to work with the pressure turned up. Don’t overthink: it will only make you nervous and cause you to make mistakes.


Make your opponent play and don’t give them easy points by taking unnecessary risks. Once you’ve worked this out in your mind during your break then get started with lots of energy.


Keep everything simple

Remember most of your opponents are going to rush into the tie-break without taking this time to gather themselves, and most of them will usually find themselves down quickly and wondering how they got behind so fast in the first place. That’s good for you.


By the time they start putting it together you should be cruising and ready to push through the final few points you need to finish off the set. Work on the tactics that you highlighted. Keep a clear mind and focus on the things that you want to work on. Whether it’s a first to 7 point tie breaker or the longer first to 10 pointer, you will need to change ends.


So when you do, take your time. Drink fluids, eat nutrients, towel yourself down and take your time. Think about what you’re doing and if you’re being successful, continue using the same tactics. However, if you’ve fallen behind, try not to panic. Consider using different tactics from now on. Sometimes, just a small change in plan can make a massive difference.


Try serving into your opponents body, try hitting the ball a bit softer and higher, or try slowing things down between points. Your opponent may become agitated as they were on top and now things have changed again. And if it starts to work, continue doing the same things as it’s started to work for you now.


Don’t get ahead of yourself and see the finish line before you get over it. Just keep calm and you will find that you will come out on top in the end !


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