Ron Smarr is a life-time coach and a life-friend. I asked him to “coach” me on this chapter on coaching. Coach Smarr has coached many players and fellow coaches. Me included. Recently he was a major help in providing “THE LITTLE GREEN BOOK of TENNIS for every high school coach and player in North Carolina.
Currently we are picking the best of the past instruction, and new and additional worthwhile suggestions since the earlier book. Below are shortened comments Ron offered having read this chapter.
- Never serve at your opponent’s strength on big points.
- Drop shots and topspin lobs are old shots that modern players are revisiting.
- Other than football, basketball and perhaps baseball-other college sports may become “club sports”!
- Serves and groundstrokes up the middle can take angle away from your opponent. And you run less.
- High school coaches and players and teams often are aided greatly by college coaches and local pros and players.
- Coaching is not just about winning.
- Many players are returning serve from way back. Enter the drop shot?
- The closer you are to the net the more you keep the racket head out in front.
- Over- night camps make directors much more exposed to liability.
- One Jerk will and can make things bad for the whole program.
- Movement can make2/3 of the court available to a powerful shot. And avoid weak shots !
******Comment to Coach Smarr: Guess we are now the “old timers”. We should accept improved good changes.
You and I began when the Australians and Californians were the classic models. Borg and other Europeans’ and South Americans added extreme western grips and open footwork. As good or better. Another thing I hear from young pros is the term “swinging volleys”. Maybe they are talking about very high level players. and while these shot are much more powerful, I would suggest that a volley fundamental is placement, or “spot specificity”. And that doubles at any level call for classic styled shortened shots. Watch the pros. Club doubles players, high school kids, and even talented youngsters need fundamental volley technique.