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.
Play on or inside the baseline. There is less court to cover the closer you play into the court. Positioning may be compromised creating more difficult shots at your feet but it beats the alternative of not being able to get to a shot. Develop good hands and the ability to volley from all court … Continue reading How to Compensate for Limited Mobility (particularly when coming back from an injury)
Serve and volley. The classic closing pattern to conclude the point in five or fewer shots is to serve and close into the net with the serve. The goal then is to hit a deep, penetrating volley to isolate the serve returner back behind the baseline with your next shot and then finish the point … Continue reading Ten Ways to Successfully Finish the Point (Doubles)
Here are the 10 plus things I look for in evaluating playing ability and potential for development. Directional intent and control – Ability to hit specific crosscourt, down-the-line, angled and deep targets and target areas. Consistency and shot tolerance –Ability to sustain a rally (as long as necessary to win a point) and repeat shots, … Continue reading Things to Look For in Evaluating Ability, Skill and Talent