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Why Do Juniors Switch Coaches So Often?

31 January 2014 // Posted By: Ashley Hobson

– by Steve Smith One short answer would be juniors change so often because pros do. Juniors do copy pros. A longer answer would be the role of the ‘buyer’, the ‘seller’ and the ‘taker’. The buyer is the parent(s). The ‘seller’ is the tennis coach. The ‘taker’ is the junior tennis player. Yes, as always, there are exceptions to the rule but this is how the typical scenario plays out. The buyer (parent) has no idea what they are buying. They are writing checks with little or no experience and little or no tennis knowledge. The buyer is an under-educated consumer. The seller (coach) knows what they are selling and it is not tennis development. They are selling credibility and credibility is not product knowledge. Credibility means you are believable, …More

Pre-tournament Preparation

09 January 2013 // Posted By: Hobson Performance Tennis

Here are guidelines and fundamental reminders of how to prepare for your tournament matches.Week Before – Win a lot of sets vs. players that you are favored to beat. Two Days prior to event – Finish toughest part of training and competition Day before– Light workout (two hour) – sharpen tools only. Take ½ day off of tennis and rest your mind. (movie, reading etc…Limit internet etc.)Eat right, sleep right , get equipment right. Hydrate night before match.  No eating seafood. Day of matchAt new site – Get one hitting session in day before to become familiar with courts and surroundings.  Optimal to get two or three before you play. At familiar site – get one to two hitting sessions at site.Early Morning Match Wake up 3 hours before match time.  …More

Levels of Competing

13 November 2012 // Posted By: Hobson Performance Tennis

During the course of a player’s career, they will have to go through a number of mental levels. It is important to let players experience all of these levels so that they can handle the mental and emotional pressures these different roles create.   1 – Underdog: Easiest to play from here – no pressure, relaxed and swinging freely.  If you are all ways playing up an age group you never experience the mental pressure of playing from # 3 and 4.  Low chance of success as unfamiliar with leading and uncomfortable.   2 – 50-50: Starting to win more and compete at a better level. Player thinks he is good enough to win. Low to medium pressure.  Usually has fast starts in matches but doesn’t hold up if momentum swings against him. …More

Stages of a Match

09 October 2012 // Posted By: Hobson Performance Tennis

The Stages of a Match Understanding how a match progresses and adapting to events is crucial to being a consistent winner. The following gives guidelines on how tio approach the match at different stages. First 4-6 games: – good footwork and fast racket early, get into a rhythm by making a lot of balls, establish basic strategy, lock in your game style and work out your opponent’s weaknesses. You can’t do this if you are making a ton of errors. Creating Distance:  By going up a break, and holding the break. Don’t get anxious about going up and leading – “scoreboard mentality”.  Realize your opponent is going to play better now too as he is down and he has to play better. Be assertive and stubborn not to give up the lead – make your opponent work very hard here. …More

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