Autumn 2019

After a good summer of tennis we have been brought back down to earth with this recent weather.  It’s always frustrating because tennis is an outdoor sport and living in England means that decision between should we/can we play in different levels of rain!!  If we stopped at any sign of rain then we would never play!!

Our summer camps over August were hugely popular and gave opportunity for the children to learn and improve their tennis in a fun and interactive environment.  In some cases it was their first go at playing and it’s always a pleasure to see them grow in enthusiasm for the sport.  Again our termly coaching has had a really positive uptake and it’s great seeing the children progress through the levels as they grow and their tennis develops, and continue their playing though the winter months as well.

The Saturday adult coaching sessions were also well received with different themes delivered in each session.  The hope is that at the very least people were able to take snippets of information away with them to introduce into their weekly tennis matches.  Remember, the coaching is continuing through October and November.   The men’s team also had a couple of coached sessions mixed in with their weekly practice and these offered the opportunity to explore new tactics and working together as a pair to produce a more solid game of doubles to take into their league matches.

Recently, a good proportion of my lessons have focused on adding top spin to players ground strokes (forehands and backhands). The benefit of adding top spin is to increase ball control, thus being able to add more power, and also to extenuate the bounce of the ball that the opponent receives, i.e. the ball kicks up off the bounce, increasing the speed of the rebound and reducing the time your opponent has to hit the ball.  Put simply, adding top spin requires the racket to brush/wipe up the ball from a 6.00 position to a 12.00 position to make the ball rotate forward. There are also a few other factors to consider, such as ball contact point, upper body rotation and fluency of the swing. Consistently being able to hit top spin on your ground stokes will certainly help improve your overall game.

We are often asked what do we do over the winter months when the weather gets worse and the light fades. It is testament to many of our clients and their enthusiasm and eagerness to continue playing that we mange to maintain a good amount of regular coaching hours during winter and roll into the following summer.  So don’t hang up your racket for winter…keep playing and we look forward to seeing you out on court!!


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