Do you know your NTRP rating?

Find your tennis rating using National Tennis Rating Program (NTRP) categories. This is the most accurate rating system available and was developed by the U.S. Tennis Association in 1979. Player levels are based on a scale from 1.0 to 7.0 1.0 This player is Just starting to play tennis. 1.5 Has limited ... More

When to Move Forward

In order to be more aggressive and take control of the point, you must move forward in the court to take more approach shots, volleys and overheads. Here are some things to look for that will help you anticipate a short ball and get you to the net faster. You should be prepared to move forward when...   Your ... More

Doubles – Poaching Guidelines

  Poaching in doubles is an aggressive play that surprises and puts pressure on an opposing team. If done correctly, it can be a major factor in the outcome of doubles matches. This tip will give you the 5 guidelines for becoming successful at poaching and taking your doubles game to the next level. Positioning: ... More

Challenges of Match Play – Slow Play

In the Match Play tips, the focus will be on a few different challenges of match play, and how to overcome them. These should help you approach matches with more confidence and better understanding of certain situations. A big challenge of playing matches is playing against slow pace.  Most players dread playing the ... More

Correcting Your Mistakes

  Do you have a shot that always seems to be a problem? One of the things I hear most when teaching tennis players is "I always…,” for example: "I always swing down on my volleys” or “I always hit my serve return late.” In a way, this is good thing because you are aware of the error that ... More

Third Stage of Learning – ‘Competition’

The third stage and last challenge of learning a new shot is the Competition Stage.  After learning the concept and practicing during a rally, you are now prepared to incorporate into point play. The challenge to overcome in this stage is the pressure and tightness we feel while we compete. While playing a ... More

Second Stage of Learning – ‘Live Ball Hitting’

After practicing and attaining muscle memory in the first stage of learning, it is now time to move on to second stage, which is the Live Ball Hitting, or Rallying Stage.  By now, you will have a acquired the necessary muscle memory for your shot by hitting only pro-fed balls.  Although the stroke or grip may not yet be ... More

First Stage of Learning – ‘Gaining Muscle Memory’

There are three stages that players must go through when learning a new tennis concept.  First is the muscle memory stage, second is the rally stage, third is the competition stage. This tip will focus on the first stage of learning and give you an easy way to overcome the challenges that come along with it: When ... More

Getting the Most out of your Private Lessons

Last week's tip focused on group lessons.  This week I will give you some insight into how to maximize your improvement during a private lesson. In order to take full advantage of a private lesson, the tennis professional and the student should start by setting some goals.  Most often, people rely on the tennis pro ... More

Getting the Most out of your Group Lessons

  This week's tip will focus on group classes and how to take full advantage of practice in these settings.  These can include team practices, private group lessons, drill clinics, junior clinics, etc.   Often, during group classes, players are presented with point play drills to practice competitive ... More