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.

Kathy

Fitness Training to Improve Your Tennis

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Tennis is a  difficult sport to master.

While the Nadals and Federers of this world may make it look like a walk in the park, a close game of tennis can push the body to extreme levels of exertion.

For club players, the step up in  fitness can make a major difference in  tennis performance. Tennis is a sport that relies on short, sharp sprints and also constant changes in technique. Focusing just on your racket technique will not allow you to move to the next level.

Ok so With that in mind, I have written up an article on some simple exercises and agility drills that you can include  in your training regime to improve your speed and  also agility on court.

 

1. Pogo jumps

This is  a great exercise to introduce at the beginning of a  workout. The exercise  involves jumping vertically, springing up using just your ankles. When you are in the air, pull your toes up towards you.

Make sure that  your heel never touches the ground when doing this exercise, keep your knees locked and maintain a straight posture.. You can extend theis exercise by jumping from side to side…

2. The plyometric lunge

This is used to increase your explosive power. It involves taking the normal lunge exercise to a  higher level of intensity and yes this is very challenging. Doing this will not only increase your power but it will also develop muscular endurance through your hips and thighs and also help to improve your overall bodily control and coordination.

3. The star jump

This jump will help you develop power through your torso and also improve your vertical jump. It is a perfect exercise for hitting those high shots when you get stuck close to the net. When you do  this exercise try  to spend as little time in contact with the ground as possible

 

4. Lateral movement.

Starting at the service line, make three rapid lateral steps and then touch your hand to the ground on the final step.Repeat this to the left. Repeat this drill between 10-20 times.Gradually reduce the amount of steps and work primarily on speed.  Increase the amount of steps to focus more on endurance and fitness.

 

5. Backwards / Forwards

Beginning on the baseline, sprint as fast as you can to the net and then shuffle backwards. Carry out these sprints at a maximum intensity 10 times and then rest for 2-3 minutes before starting the drill again.

Now before you go running off with renewed enthusiasm …….

6. Before You Begin

It is important to consider that, as with all training, you should take adequate time to develop a strong core level of fitness and an  overall strength before beginning.
Medium to long runs will start to  develop the kind of fitness and endurance  you need in a competitive tennis match. If you are cannot  complete 5-10k runs with relative ease it is very unlikely that you have got the fitness to keep you going through a tough three-set match.
You will also need to have a firm base in strength training so that your body is conditioned enough to be able to handle the  demands of a rapid direction change, jumping and short sprints, then we have serving and returning the ball at high speed.

Hope this helps!

Happy New Tennis Year

Hello again tennis friends, and a very Happy New Year !


It’s been a while since I last wrote to you so I’d like to apologize for my absence and also assure you that it won’t be that long again until you hear from me.


I’ve recently been reading the Andy Murray book “ Seventy – seven “, which is in essence his story about his build up and then subsequent winning of the Wimbledon Men’s Singles title in 2013.

It’s called “ Seventy – seven “ because that’s how many years it was before his victory that a British player had won the title.


I am only a few chapter’s into the book but already have found that I probably underestimated Murray’s character and humbleness. He obviously prefers not to have too much media attention and certainly does not actively seek it.

 He has high praise for everyone who has worked with him, from his management company, to coach, to physio, to hitting partners , family, friends and supporters.


Andy Murray also talks about his eagerness to take his career progression “ one step at a time “, and not rush into things and decisions which he may later regret.

He is obviously one of the hardest working players on the circuit when it comes to practice and training, and sometimes felt that he didn’t get the recognition and praise that he deserved, especially from the media.

It was only when he won his first Grand Slam, the US Open in 2012, that the media started to take more notice of him, yet he was winning many lesser know tournaments around the world quite frequently.


So maybe there’s a lesson in there for us all.

Don’t be too hasty and expect results too quickly. Persevere with your practice and training, do things one step at a time, and you will soon notice improvements in your fitness and general play.


In conclusion, I am posting a few new articles related to these subjects over the next few days.

Enjoy some of the latest articles and I  will keep you informed as other new articles are added.


All the best in your tennis.
Regards,
Tony.

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