Podcast with Sports Psychologist Jerry Reid, Coach Kevin Pease, and Educational Therapist, Alexis Reid
Jerry Reid, one of my students from the Saturday morning clinic and his sister, Alexis Reid interviewed me in the Back Bay section of Boston at a sound studio. Jerry and Alexis work with athletes and non-athletes helping make their lives better. This podcast reviews a little history regarding my life of tennis, and influences that have occurred in my coaching. I hope you enjoy it. Thanks for listening. youtu.be/P3DZvbnR9F8
Jeff Salzenstein does a great job explaining the rotation of your upper body as well as using space behind your back to create power and flow for the serve. Another variation of this exercise is to start with the racquet pulled back more. This may be easier to time when you practice with your racquet up. I highly recommend this type of serving practice. youtube.com/shorts/jTXDrAjxFJA?feature=share
Here are three basic tips for your forehand. It doesn’t mean you have to have the same stroke. Everyone has a different style. But no matter your style, remember this: get your shoulders turned and racquet loaded before the bounce! get your feet planted to distribute into the ball, and move your body forward in the direction you are hitting through the ball. These three elements should be included in your forehand. Enjoy this short clip. youtu.be/hIC2n0A4Dek
Nik and Shamir demystify the one handed backhand through a series of soft toss drills that show how to widen your base (creates more shoulder rotation), heel toe closed stance drives, emergency open to closed stance on the run, and defending the high heavy backhand deep back in the back court using a semi-open stance, hitting off the back leg. A little gem of advice describing “vertical swing path” on lower and deep high balls is revealed. A great way to practice these techniques would be to bring a bag of balls out to the court and practice soft tossing feeds that allow you to practice the various types of footwork that need adjusting based on ball height and depth in the court. I have to give this video five stars. youtu.be/oLKPPTsV5C0
The volley technique that Nik is suggesting is spot on! Squeeze and freeze is really the perfect way to describe the sensation of how to “feel the volley.” I’ve used this tip for years. It’s not new. The path of the racquet head and how to execute the shot is described perfectly. I know my personal coach when I was young, in high school, John Fournier had the fastest hands I’d ever seen. He was a boxer growing up and is volleys were crazy good. He always leaned forward with his waist a bit, telling me that this gets you moving forward and helps keeps your elbows out in front. Nik’s student, Shamir is a 4.5 player, and eagerly listens to Nik’s sage advice with great enthusiasm. Nik gets Shamir to shorten his follow-through, squeeze and freeze while he shows him how to adjust for fast balls, and softer pace balls. The footwork explained is well done, show how moving two extra steps after contact prevents lunging and dumping the ball in the net. I I’ve this video five stars. youtu.be/9hr7YPAGgWs
Jeff Salzenstein shows us how to dominate the net when our partner is serving. It’s a great way to stay proactive and not become a fixture at the net.
Have you ever played a doubles game and the opponents serve could hardly break an egg and they held serve. The first time was a fluke you thought. The second time it happens again. And that’s not the worst of it. Your partner served great but got broken twice. Ouch!!!!And it seems as if your partner can’t play consistent enough to win but comes really close. Even your opponents congratulate the great power your partner’s losing serve! Wow.
You’ve got to take over the net from the receivers starting the first game. You’ve got to get in their heads, get free points, put away middle balls, and your partner will look like an all-star. Your partner won’t get broken. If you both employ this strategy you’re headed for at least a tie-break. Guess what, you’ll have less pressure to break the weak server, and if you play your cards right, you win the set 6-3, 6-4, or 7-5, all from adjusting how you play the net as the server’s partner. This truly is the secret sauce.
The forehand preparation is demystified and put into proper perspective with Nick from Intuitive tennis. The first move in tennis is the unit turn. The upper body and obliques are stretched and ready to fire. The grip, the loop, and take back are unique to each person’s style. For “most” players but not all this means turning the shoulders with the racquet tip above the wrist. In this video you can see how the preparation is a fluid process that creates more racquet speed and power from a racquet lag. youtu.be/AAIc7Li2WbA
This little video shows us how to visualize what volleying is all about. The racquet path both on the forehand and backhand volley produces slice. It is firm slice with just a few rotations of under spin when you correctly attack the volley. Also, there is not much of a downward stroke to the shot. There is some! Leading with the grip while tilting the racquet head back produces amazing volleys. youtu.be/3Or7isgKeIc
Jeff Salzentstein, a great online coach did this video on the two handed backhand approach that shows us how shortening up helps control this shot by focusing con extension when hitting this sometimes difficult shot. youtu.be/iy8BkFwodvI
Another point, I’d like to add is that the proper two-hand backhand grip must be used. I’m going to add a video from Andre Agassi talking about the best two hand grip on the market. youtu.be/6mQKRm03_6U
Thanks Andre for sharing with us this amazing shot.
This is a great slice backhand video from Patrick Mouratoglou. He had coached Serena Williams some back in the day. He’s turning out tons of content and has over 300,000 followers.youtu.be/eaqsJy4eNQM
The slice backhand is an art form. As you improve the shot you’ll be able to drive it through the court, use it as a defensive lob, approach shot, drop shot, angle, and return of serve. I must hit hundreds of these everyday when teaching.