Monday, Jan 8th Mini-Group and Open Club Play Begins
Thursday, Jan 11th Winter League
Monday, Jan 15th Mini-Group and Open Club Play
Thursday, Jan 18th Winter League (late start time - League is 7-10pm)
Monday, Jan 22nd Mini-Group and Open Club Play
Thursday, Jan 25th Winter League
Monday, Jan 29th Mini-Group and Open Club Play
Wednesday, Jan 31st Winter League (note that it is on a Wed this week)
Monday, Feb 5th Mini-Group and Open Club Play
Thursday, Feb 8th Winter League
Monday, Feb 12th Mini-Group and Open Club Play
Learn 5 Key Elements to Returning Some of the Most Difficult Balls!
Returning Nets and Edges
Many championship matches are won and lost on “lucky balls” – nets and edges. At the elite level, returning nets and edges is a skill that takes years to master. In this blog, I’m going to give several tips on how to safely land these balls.
Today was the best day because the players had a much more in-depth understanding of footwork and how footwork is closely related to every aspect of the game - from receiving serves, to pushing, to looping, to blocking, to smashing, to counterlooping AND they learned about the various types of movements. With all this knowledge, we were about to piece together the puzzle implementing some drills involving both players attacking and defending during the same point as well as some tactical drills involving probabilites and indicators. Nearly all of the players took several pages of notes an
Today, in the interactive lecture, we discussed various types of drills - systematic, semi-systematic, random, multi-location from both sides, open ended, and game situation drills... detailing the reasons for each drills and at what stages each drill should be implemented. We also talked about the 10 stages of implementing footwork (see video below).
With a 1.5 hour interactive footwork lecture and 5 hours of training on the table, the players had a full day of footwork. During the 1.5 we discussed the importance of racket positioning, the proper way to balance, as well as the positioning of the legs and feet. The bulk of the lecture was spent discussing the 10 ways of moving….
#1 Simple side movement (shuffle) with beginner and advanced variations
#2 Long-distance crossover
#3 Simple in-and-out
#4 In-and-out jump
#5 Short game 1-step
#6 Short game 2-step
#7 Lateral blocking footwork
A probability is what is likely to happen, an indicator is what is happening. Why is it important to understand these terms? Because your ability to anticipate properly totally depend on these 2 – probabilities and indictors. Let me explain…