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Explosive Movement Training for Tennis Players

Explosive Movement Training for Tennis Players Tennis players change direction every 1.1 seconds. As the speed of tennis has increased, so has the need for efficient pre-shot movements. Using exercises incorporating speed as an element of direction change,…



Sports Psychology – Power of Emotions for Optimal Performance

Do your emotions help or hurt you in the heat of competition?

At the top of the Prime Sport Pyramid sits emotions. It’s closest to the top of the pyramid (above motivation, confidence, intensity, and focus) because emotions will ultimately dictate how you perform throughout a competition…



PlaySight Tennis Tips with Paul Annacone: Offensive Defense

Novak Djokovic is known as an offensive defender. Andre Agassi played the same style back in the day. The key? Taking time away from your opponent. You will likely never be the best tennis player in the world, but there are drills and tips that you can add to your game from Novak’s. Learn how with these tennis tips from Paul Annacone…


What’s the Connection Between Emotional and Physical Health?

According to Charles Goodstein, MD, a clinical professor of psychiatry at New York University’s Langone School of Medicine in New York City, the brain is intimately connected to our endocrine system, which secretes hormones that can have a powerful influence on your emotional health…



Power of Visualization in Sports – Top 5 Most Mentally Challenging Sports – Mindset of a Champion

Visualization has also been called guided imagery, mental rehearsal, mediation, and a variety of other things — no matter the term, the basic techniques, and concepts are the same. Generally speaking, visualization is the process of creating a mental image or intention of what you want to happen or feel in reality…



Benefits of Acupressure – What is Ki Energy? – Amazing Examples of Mind Over Matter

KI Energy is the unseen life force in your body and everywhere. It is a universal energy that penetrates everywhere uniting all the manifestations of the universe, visible or invisible. Mostly in Japan it is refered to as “Ki” , China it is refered to as “Chi” or “Qi” and in Sanskrit it is known as “Prana”. When cultivated, it can be used for healing, breaking or self defense purposes…



Coach’s Corner ft. Peter Smith

Peter Smith is one of the elite coaches in college tennis history. He’s led the USC Men’s Tennis team to five NCAA titles in the past 9 seasons and is a two-time ITA National Coach of the Year winner. Smith has coached numerous All-Americans and players who have had success on the ATP tour, including Steve Johnson who is currently #30 in the world.

With tennis, you have to adopt a long-term mentality and always keep building for the future. When kids are young, steadiness wins (really, steadiness always wins), but as they get older, hitting with power and having a complete game become much more important. I always wanted my kids to have a complete game because I knew that it would pay off in the long run, even if they struggled to beat the steady players as juniors.