During the first lesson with a new student, I often ask the following question,
“Which areas of your game are you trying to improve long term and what measures are you taking to improve those areas?”
They usually respond with a short reply like…
“I’m working on losing this fat belly.”
“I’m just trying to perfect my forehand, that’s all I care about.”
“I just want a serve that no one can return.”
Usually their answers are very short and not detailed. They want to improve, but don’t have a plan.
McAfee’s Mechanics Mastering Blocks By: Richard McAfee, Joola Sponsored Coach and USATT Hall of Fame Inductee
While not as flashy as topspin attacks and kills, few strokes are more important to your success as a player than the often under-appreciated block stroke. The basic “control” block is one of the very first strokes that all players learn and then unfortunately, many players stop developing and improving this core technique.
Say you are winning 2-0 in a match, or 10-5. You could be pretty relaxed and thinking about the next game. Another scenario is when you are down 7-3 and thinking about how you can’t win against your opponent or thinking that he is too good. This article will address both of these scenarios and how you can focus during the match.
The moment is here. The moment to prove that all of your hard work has paid off. I will give some tips on the things to do in the tournament which may help.
1. Arrive an hour early
It is important to arrive early so that you can become accustomed to all the aspects of the playing site. These aspects include the lighting and the floor. Also, it is necessary to warm up your strokes. Your 1st match should be treated like your last match, and therefore, you have to be ready.
Where should I be looping? Backhand? Middle? Forehand?
When looping, where should I place the ball?
Most players would answer by saying that there are 3 main locations that you should be aiming your loop at: wide backhand, wide forehand, and at the elbow (the backhand/forehand transition point). This is the correct answer. In this blog, I’m going to detail when you should loop to each location for a righty playing against a righty:
When playing a tournament, you might not be familiar with your opponent. In this blog, I am going to list a few quick things to look for in the first 30 seconds of a match. Implement these ideals, and you will be able to immediately form a game strategy.