We're Moving.

After two and a half great years running our successful high performance oriented programs at the Mill Basin Health and Racquet Club, we will be moving to the Prospect Park Tennis Center. Our adult program, renamed Adult High Performance, will kick off on October 28.

Thank you to everyone at the Mill Basin Club for all of your professional support and friendship. You will be missed.

Onward !

Practice Outdoors

Tennis players who practice outdoors develop superior footwork, ball tracking skills and mental focus compared to players who practice predominately indoors. Playing tennis outside means coping with environmental conditions like the wind and the sun as well as dealing with additional sounds and distractions. It's more demanding. So it makes players better. Play outside.

MODULE I (2X) WEEKS 4,5 & 6 KEY CONCEPTS

WEEK FOUR

Footwork for the Inside Out / Inside In Forehand

The Reverse Crossover Step

Creating a Backward Arc 

Establishing Semi-Open Stance

WEEK FIVE

The Vertical Game

Reading Your Opponent

Aggressive Footwork and the Short Ball

X-Factor and the Essential Shoulder Turn

WEEK SIX

Loading and Staying Centered

Getting Behind the Ball 

The Importance of the Outside Leg

Revisiting Transfer Footwork

WEEK THREE MODULE ONE (2X) KEY CONCEPTS

DEFENDING THE EDGES

A. Keys to Success

1. Moving Through Your Shot.

2. Building in Your Recovery.

3. The Importance of the Outside Leg (Avoiding a Closed Stance).

B. Footwork

1. Slalom Step (Mogul Step)

2. Lateral Hop Step

3. Lateral Transfer Step (Power Crossover)

C. Clay vs. Hard Court

WEEK TWO MODULE ONE (2X) KEY CONCEPTS

1. Optimal Footwork, Rhythm and Balance in the Backcourt

2 The Double Rhythm Step

3. Review of the Brake Step: Hip Rotation and Recovery

4. Neutral Stance and Semi-Open Stance Forehands

5. V-Tennis: Moving at an Angle (V/X Drills)             

6. Anticipation and Reading your Opponent

7. Back V Footwork: The Reverse Pivot and Rear Hop Step

8. The Spanish Concept of Aggressive Defense

9. Crosscourts and Change of Direction

WEEK ONE MODULE ONE (2X) KEY CONCEPTS

1. The Athletic Foundation

2. Rapid Hops

3. Hip Openers

4. The Split Step vs. The Stutter Step (see #5) 

5. Melding the Split Step and the Explosive First Move

6. Pivot Lean and Drive (Lean and Drive)

7. Drop Step out of a Wide Base (Especially on Clay)

8. Spacing and the Importance of Setting the Outside Leg

9. Shuffle Recovery

10. Crossover into Shuffle ("cruise steps") Recovery

11. When to Just Run !

12. General Rule: Hitting Down the Line Shot Equals 2-3 Crossovers

13. Building Recovery into the Shot: The Brake Step

14. Legs, Core and Shoulders !

Racquet Review: Tecnifibre Tfight 315 Dynacore

Great looking racquet. Nice paint job. Fairly thin profile feels classic. Very headlight (7 pts) with low swing weight. 11.6 oz strung. Quick frame, easy to generate racquet head speed. Open 16x19 string pattern. Spin friendly. Quick at the net. Accelerates nicely on the serve. Average stability. Stability improved when lead tape is added to the head but this slowed down the racquet. I prefer frame in stock form. Average feel - firm and modern. Best thing about the frame is it's quickness combined with moderate but accessible power plus the excellent spin potential. 

7 out of 10.

Footwork Essentials for the Advanced Player

1. Keep your feet moving.

2. Stay on the balls of your feet and on your toes. Get off your heels.

3. Maintain a low center of gravity.

4. Master and utilize tennis specific footwork patterns. 

5. Learn to time your movement with hitting the ball.

6. Move efficiently. Don't waste energy.

7. Improve your overall strength and endurance. Good footwork uses more energy.

* Thanks to coach Doug King for this summary. I took the liberty of adding my own points to his already excellent checklist..