Plan Prepare Perform

To achieve the most benefit from your weekly tennis lesson you need to be well prepared beforehand.

 

Remember to:-

High Energy Snack

1. Eat a nutritious, high energy snack, food at least 30 mins before you arrive at the courts.

Blood Sugar Levels

2. Your blood sugar level needs to be high so you can concentrate, have loads of energy to move well and give your best effort to your coach.

Appropriate Snacks

3. Any fruit is best-I love bananas as they are easy to eat, taste great and are high in natural sugar.
Also, a sandwich, muffin or a small snack if coming from school is fine.

Water Bottle

4. Water bottle full of water is always needed even in winter as your body can dehydrate very quickly.

Wear a Cap

5. Wear a cap all year for sun, wind, hair protection.

Shoelaces Tied Firmly

6. Shoelaces tied firmly BEFORE you enter the court so your movement, court speed is at it`s best.

 

Be EARLY

Try to be 10 mins early for your lesson if possible so you can:-
Do a few easy stretches then perhaps a short walk around outside of courts to loosen and warm up your muscles.

 

ENJOY your lesson as you are now well prepared to have fun at tennis!

The Forehand Volley is technically the easiest shot in the game to learn yet I constantly see players in clubland “overplaying” the shot by adding unnecessary elements to the stroke. Here are three easy, yet essential tips to follow when playing a Forehand Volley. Follow these and your confidence when at the net will improve dramatically.

Tip 1. Continental Grip

To find the Continental Grip (for right-handed tennis players) the base knuckle of your Index Finger of your Right Hand is placed on top of bevel 2 on the grip of the racquet.

 

Tip 2. Turn

From your Ready Position, begin turning your shoulders to your right-hand side of your body. The racquet will follow but must go no further than slightly in front of your right shoulder.

 

Tip 3. – Contact in Front of your Body

To make contact with the ball, move the racquet towards the on-coming ball ensuring that the racquet face (the strings) are directly behind the line of the ball. The bottom edge of the racquet will lead first and the contact point should always be in front of your body to the right-hand side. Once contact is made the racquet continues its path through the line of the volley. Look to have the racquet strings pointing to the target when the stroke finishes.

A Double Handed Backhand is the most common of the two Backhands for people to begin learning the game with. Having two hands on the racquet provides more support for the player and the swing path is often a lot easier to learn than a Single Handed Backhand.
Whenever I’m teaching the Double Handed Backhand I’ll always refer back to these 4 Essential tips to help my player move forward in their development.

 

Tip 1. Double Handed Backhand Forehand Grip

To find the Double Handed Backhand Grip (for right-handed tennis players) the base knuckle of your Index Finger of your Right Hand is placed top of bevel 2 on the grip of the racquet. The base knuckle of your Index Finger of your Left Hand is placed top of bevel 6 on the grip of the racquet (see video for bevel explanation).

 

Tip 2. Back Swing

From your Ready Position, begin your backswing by turning to your left and taking the racquet away from the ball to the same level as your pocket (see video for pocket level explanation) .

 

Tip 3. – Contact in Front of your Body

After the racquet drops below the height of the ball you will swing the racquet in a low-to-high motion making contact in front of your body with the strings square on to the ball.

 

Tip 4. – Elbows to your target

After contact in front of your body, continue a long swing out to your target and aim to finish the swing over the opposite shoulder with your dominant elbows pointing to your target.

 

I find these steps are an easy progression for players to follow especially those learning the game for the first time. These steps are also great for established players who are maybe having issues with their Double Handed Backhand and are able to take these tips to the practice court.

I often see people who are new to tennis getting caught up in trying to nail every aspect of the stroke they are learning. More often than not this leads to frustration and none of those aspects ever really improving.
Whenever I’m teaching the Forehand I’ll always refer back to these 4 Essential tips to help my player move forward in their development.

 

Tip 1. Eastern Forehand Grip

To find the Eastern Forehand Grip the base knuckle of your dominant hand is placed on top of bevel 3 on the racquets grip (see video for bevel explanation)

 

Tip 2. Begin swing taking a “C” shape path with the racquet

From your Ready Position take the racquet away from the ball and create a “C” shape with your backswing.

 

Tip 3. – Contact in Front of your Body

After the racquet drops below the height of the ball you will swing the racquet in a low-to-high motion making contact in front of your body with the strings square on to the ball.

 

Tip 4. – Elbow to your target

After contact continue a long swing out to your target and aim to finish the swing over the opposite shoulder with your dominant elbow pointing to your target.

I find these steps are an easy progression for players to follow especially those learning the game for the first time. These steps are also great for established players who are maybe having issues with their Forehand and are able to take these tips to the practise court.

As Metropolitan Melbourne has now moved into Stage 4 restrictions, all tennis facilities in this area will have to shut for a 6 week period beginning on Monday August 3rd. For Future Demand Tennis this unfortunately means all coaching has to stop immediately. We hope that everyone remains safe and healthy during this time and we are looking forward to the day when we’re able to resume our on court lessons. 

In the meantime, we will be providing a number of weekly Instructional Videos, tips and insights through our YouTube Channel, Facebook & Instagram Pages and Website Blogs that you can learn from and practise at your home! 

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COVID19 Tennis Coaching

When the state government announced that Victoria was going into its second lockdown, tennis was very fortunate to be announced as one of the 5 sports that could continue (albeit with some minor modifications). We are super excited to be able to continue to deliver lessons unde the current climate.

The modifications to our program (classes which we can deliver) are as follows and are applicable at all our venues:

– Private One to One Coaching (Coach & Player)
– Semi-Private Coaching (Coach & Player and two players. Players can be from different households)
– Coaching for members of the same household (maximum of 4 to a court which includes the coach)

All players must abide by these rules when attending their lessons:

  1. Players must turn up for their lesson on time and leave immediately
  2. Family members or friends can not wait in the club grounds during the lesson
  3. Players cannot attend a lesson if they have any signs of illness or have been in contact with someone suffering from COVID19
  4. Players must hand sanitize when they enter then leave the club
  5. Players must bring their own drink bottle to their lesson
  6. Players must bring their own racquet. NO RACQUETS will be borrowed to students

The Future Demand Tennis Coaching Team will ensure we continue to provide a safe playing environment for everyone by:

  1. Wearing gloves throughout the lesson and any student practicing their serves will also have to wear gloves
  2. Maintaining a 1.5m space between coach and player at all times
  3. Ensuring that students do not handle any equipment and that they (the coach) set up and pack up all coaching equipment
  4. Students will have their own ball tube for the entire lesson to pick up balls and will not be able to handle tennis balls throughout the lesson
  5. Coaches will sanitize ball tubes after each session