My name is Steve Gallagher. I’m a USPTA Elite Professional. I have been teaching tennis and running tennis programs for over 45 years. This site will feature a series of articles on tennis. Each article will include 10 different observations, pointers and/or suggestions. Most articles will have an instructional theme. Some articles will not be based on instruction. Some of the content will be funny. Some of the content will not be funny (or not deliberately funny). The pace of entries will be fast and furious (at least initially). I’m open to writing about any tennis topic. Please feel free to send me your suggestions (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Included below is a list of the latest posts.
How and when to effectively hit high and deep Players most susceptible to high balls Players with straight takebacks and players who hit relatively flat tend to be more vulnerable to high and deep bouncing balls. The same players also tend to more vulnerable to a tactic of mixing the height of net clearance, trajectory, … Continue reading When They Go Low, We Go High
Tennis Fitness Conditioning Plan Acknowledging the difficulty of access to weight equipment, a good starting point for a tennis-specific program is to focus on bodyweight exercises and exercises utilizing (more easily attainable and affordable) resistance bands and loops, dumbbells, kettlebells, medicine balls pull-up bars, plyometric boxes, and suspension trainers. With that in mind, I have … Continue reading Tennis Conditioning (Part 3)
Physical training to prepare for the complexity and variability of the game of tennis needs to include the following components. Exercises to stabilize and strengthen the shoulder and the glide and ball-and-socket functions of the shoulder Extended kinetic chain (whole body movement), integrated compound exercises Exercises to stabilize and strengthen the core Exercises to build … Continue reading Tennis Conditioning (Part 2)