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Target areas on the court

15 July 2016 // Posted By: Ashley Hobson

1-7 Target areas and movement …More

Difference between Top players and the rest

31 March 2016 // Posted By: Ashley Hobson

Difference between top players and second tier …More

Quick Guidelines for the Parent of the Child Athlete – Ashley Hobson

08 February 2016 // Posted By: Ashley Hobson

  10 golden-rules for the tennis parent:Take a mandatory 30 minute cooling period before talking about or critiquing a match that your child has just played.         “The battle weary mind remembers very little”Support small accomplishments as well as big ones. Small things and big things are all important things to the young athlete.         “There is no such thing as a bad win in tennis”Never regard big wins with gifts or big meals etc. This teaches the athlete that winning deserves special treatment. The athlete needs learn to do the small things with class and pride while learning how to accomplish great things with comfort and grace.  “It is wise to walk with the great and the small in equal dignity”  Children should be allowed to have ownership of their emotions and to learn how to deal with them in their own way. …More

The Third-Set Tie-Break, by Chuck Kriese

16 August 2012 // Posted By: Hobson Performance Tennis

View from the Chair Not So Super: The Third-Set Tie-Breaker by Chuck Kriese, 10 August 2012 At junior tournaments throughout the country, it has become common to use so-called ‘Super Tie-Breakers’ (STBs) instead of playing out third sets. These tie-breakers are being used in spite of disapproval from players, coaches and parents.Chuck Kriese, JTCC Senior Director of Competition and Coaching “It teaches our players some very bad habits about competition,” says Frank Salazar, the 2009 USOC National coach of the year. “The biggest problem is that it does not instill the qualities of what competition is really all about – most importantly, perseverance! Perhaps this has contributed to why very few young Americans are surfacing in tennis on the world scene. We are the only country in the world that uses this system, …More

The Aggressive Margin

24 January 2011 // Posted By: Hobson Performance Tennis

Two key statistics that are required to really understand match outcomes: the Forced Error/Winner and the Unforced Error. Let’s review what they are and why they are so important in understanding matches. A Forced Error is an error that stems from pressure created by the other player’s ball. This is different from the more familiar concept of the Unforced Error. An Unforced Error is a mistake that a player makes on an easy or routine ball—the error stems from the player’s inability to execute what should be a simple stroke or return. A player generates a Forced Error through pace or location, or a combination of both, say for example, a deep, high velocity crosscourt forehand. The other player reaches the ball on the run and takes something resembling a normal swing, …More

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