Sunday, November 29, 2015

Tennis Quote & Article of the Day: Focusing on Effort

"Focusing on the effort [which you can control], rather than the goal can help keep your brain from getting in the way. . . The goal is somewhere off in the future. Forget about it. Just hit the ball, and run."

--Alex Korb Ph.D.
"Stop Thinking Positively - The secret to accomplishing the impossible"
Psychology Today (October 19, 2015) 

Monday, November 23, 2015

Tennis Quote and Video Lesson of the Day: Chess & Poker and Building Tennis IQ

Tennis is 50% chess (at 90 MPH) and 50% poker. 
Most rec. players play tennis like checkers instead of chess.  
Chess = Thinking 2-3 shots deep into the point (not winging it) 
Poker = Not showing any emotions about how you're feeling (ESPN)

--Jorge Capestany, USPTA Master Professional
Capestany Tennis, Inc. 



Video: Building Tennis IQ (Apx. 50 minutes)
(Understanding Body Momentum, Depth of Shots, 

Zones of the Court, Strike Zones, Aggressive 
or Defensive shots) 

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Tennis Topic of the Day: What is tennis about?


1. Swinging freely and having fun
2. Focusing on the next point
3. Answering emergencies
4. Solving problems
5. Believing in yourself
6. Projecting confidence
7. Playing the script and acting the part
8. Executing a forward-movement game
9. Cutting off angles constantly
10. Stepping up and leaning into each shot
11. Going for your shots
12. Dictating the point
13. Hitting shots with intentionality
14. Powering yourself from the ground up
15. Playing with your feet, legs and lower body
16. Crisp footwork and early racket preparation
17. A quiet head and soft hands
18. Quick, explosive movements
19. Keeping your eyes on the ball all the way
20. Hitting through and a full finish