Please also take a look at the Universal Swing article based on which these drills are done.
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My name is Aaron Pea. I am a big fan of all of your teaching methods. In a couple of weeks, my girl’s tennis teams season will begin. I have about 9 players who are all beginners to tennis, which really excites me because I get to apply your teaching methods to the players. I was wondering what your protocol would be in teaching these beginners. Here are some constraints to take into account:
1. You have a two and a half weeks to prepare the kids
2. You have 3 courts and 11 players, 2 are more advanced
3. Practices could be between 1 to 2 hours
I would love to hear your take on what to do. I’d love to set up a Skype call with you, or if you would rather leave your thoughts in the comments that work too. If you would like to do a skype call I would gladly compensate you $$.
Here were my goals going into the first week:
1. Instill a love of tennis & Understanding of Learning
– Talk about how you need one strength to win
– Talk about Bio-Mechanical Learning vs. Techincal Learning
– Talk about why tennis is unique
– What is High Performance?
2. Develop Groundstroke Fundamentals
– A lot of Mini-Tennis going through your “Beginner Tennis” progressions
– Contact, Follow Through, Split Step, Footwork, Preparation
– progress with different colored balls throughout the week
– Use beginner games to keep things from getting too boring
3. Instill Good Bio Mechanical Habits at the Beginning of Practice
– Have players go through the progressions that you did with Milos above.
4. Teach Basic Serve
– Basic serve to get the ball in
I’d love to pick your brain, Tomas! I’m very appreciative to your dedication to craft!
Thanks for the kind feedback.
I suggest you contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll discuss this further.
Yes, beginners need a lot of exercises and games to get going as they need to develop many skills to be able to play tennis.
If they don’t develop them then tennis is too difficult of a sport and they simply won’t be able to rally at all so that will frustrate them and they’ll quit.
I would also recommend a lot of throwing and catching drills to stimulate hand eye coordination and paying attention to the ball.
I have watched the Miha drill video, and want to buy a medicine ball. How much is the weight of a medicine ball suitable for female? 1kg or 2kg?
2kg is just about the right weight, Miha is using 2kg and is doing just fine with it.
Miha is talented, nice video.
When You try to learn somebody from the beginning (new to tennis) do You first teach him universal swing and relaxing his arms and later teach him to add hip rotation to complete this movement? Or You have another way? Just curious… Maybe at first You do drills for hip rotation and then after You add the universal swing number 8 drill…?
Just everything at the same time, drills for each body segment or for each feel. Just like building a body builder – work on biceps, triceps, legs, abs, back, etc.
So in tennis: balance, body rotation, swings and so on. Just each of the drills for a while if a technical lesson and then you see how it goes.
Each player is different so what they don’t feel well you do more.
It’s like being a sculptor creating a statue. You keep carving it out and polishing it until it’s roughly (not exactly!) how it should be and that the actual result (ball flight) is consistent, controlled and efficient.
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