Tennis Quick Tips | Fun, Fast and Easy Tennis - No Lessons Required

This week, I'm answering the question of a college tennis player who suffers from something I think we've all experienced - spectator nerves.  The more she thinks about who's watching her play and how well she needs to play, the more she messes up and plays badly.  So we're going to talk about the mental game here and I'll give you my best tips for putting aside those spectator nerves and playing mentally strong tennis.

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Direct download: 066_How_To_Deal_With_Spectator_Nerves.mp3
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Your flexibility is an important part of your tennis game.  But as important as maintaining and even increasing your flexibility is, most of us neglect doing the stretching work that can really help our game.  Instead, we like to focus on fine-tuning our strokes, building up our strength, or working on our mental game.  Flexibility takes a back seat to almost everything else we do to become better tennis players.

Well, that's about to change.  In this episode of Tennis Quick Tips, I'll give you some quick and simple stretching exercises that you can do to help maintain and even improve your flexibility.  Plus, I'll provide you with a free downloadable pdf guide with a complete stretching routine, including photos and descriptions, that you can quickly and easily perform. 

You can find the show notes for this episode as well as the free pdf at:

Direct download: 065_Stretching_for_Flexibility_in_Tennis.mp3
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If you become the least bit interested in tennis, you'll soon come across Arthur Ashe. If you watch any of the U.S. Open each year, you hear his name repeatedly since the main stadium for the U.S. Open is (you guessed it) Arthur Ashe Stadium. You may know that Arthur Ashe died in 1993 at the age of 49 from AIDS-related complications. He had an illustrious tennis career, winning 3 Grand Slam titles - the 1968 U.S. Open, the 1970 Australian Open, and Wimbledon in 1975.  And he did more to break down the race barriers in professional tennis than any player of his time.

It wasn't too long after I took up tennis that I picked up Arthur Ashe's book, Arthur Ashe On Tennis: Strokes, Strategy, Traditions, Players, Psychology, and Wisdom. His book was published in 1995, after his death. So Ashe was not around to see all of the changes we see on the pro circuit today - powerful racquets, indestructible strings, open-stance strokes, exaggerated grips. But you and I aren't playing on the pro circuit (at least I don't think we are), so a lot of the points he makes in his book are still valid for recreational players like us, out to have fun and play some competitive tennis.

His book is wonderful and so easy to read. In it, he gives lots and lots of bullet-point tips on strokes and strategy.

For a complete review of this book, including a few of Ashe's great pointers, check out the show notes to this episode:

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Here in Houston, it's cold.  And by cold, I mean we're often having to play tennis in temperatures that are below 50 degrees Fahrenheit.  I know for many of you, temperatures like that sound pleasant if not downright balmy.  But look, people like me live in Houston for a reason and that reason is that we hate cold weather.  So, to us, what is balmy for Maine is absolutely freeezzzzing.  However you feel about what truly qualifies as cold weather, there's one thing we can all agree on - playing tennis when it's cold is a lot different than playing tennis when it's warm.  So in this episode, we're talking about how you can change your game to play even better tennis in the cold weather.

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Direct download: 063_How_To_Play_Better_Cold_Weather_Tennis.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:57am PDT

 recently got a new tennis racquet and was kind of happy with it.  Kind of.  After looking into what I might do to make it an even better racquet, however, I decided that I might be able to customize it to make it just right for me.  I did that using lead tape.  In this episode, I'll tell you how easy it is to use lead tape and how you can use it to customize your own tennis racquet.

You can find the show notes for this episode at:


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Direct download: 062_Customizing_Your_Tennis_Racquet_With_Lead_Tape.mp3
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A typical tennis match requires you to move all over the tennis court in an incredibly diverse number of ways.  You don't just run around the court, You sprint, reach, stretch, lunge, bend, leap, quickly change direction, and explosively start and stop.  You charge forward to the net.  You quickly back up when you get lobbed.  You run back and forth, diagonally, and every once in a while you jump up in hopes of stopping a lob.  In this episode, we'll talk about on-court movement and how you can improve your tennis footwork to make sure you're playing as well as you possibly can.

You can find the show notes for this episode at:


Direct download: 061_Better_Footwork_For_Tennis.mp3
Category:Tennis -- posted at: 4:47am PDT

I just played a doubles match where one of my opponents stood in the doubles alley (behind the baseline of course) when hitting her serve.  She did this on both sides of the court, throughout the match and was really good at placing her serve all  over the service box.  Since this is such an exaggerated and unusual place to stand, I wanted to be sure and let you know what the rules have to say on this particular stance.  In this episode, we'll look at ITF Rules 17 and 18 which give you the answer.  You can find the show notes for this episode by going to:


Direct download: 060_Where_To_Stand_When_Youre_Serving.mp3
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I recently received some great questions from a Tennis Quick Tips podcast listener asking about the rules and the on-court etiquette involved when talking on the tennis court.  So in this episode, we're going to talk about talking on court.  You can find the show notes for this episode by going to:

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Direct download: 059_Talking_On_The_Tennis_Court.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:47am PDT

How do you feel about mini tennis?  Most people want to rush through this preliminary warm-up or skip it altogether.  But mini tennis can be a very helpful drill and players at all levels, including the pros, use mini tennis to improve their game.  In this episode, you'll learn exactly how to play mini tennis and how it can help you play better tennis.


You can find the show notes for this episode at:


And you can get my free ebook, 10 Quick Fixes To Improve Your Serve, No Lessons Required, by going to:

Direct download: 058_The_Many_Benefits_Of_Mini_Tennis.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00pm PDT

Many of us travel for tennis, either to play for fun, to play in a tournament, or to attend a tennis camp or instructional event.  When you travel for tennis, you want to make sure you've prepared as well as you can so that nothing goes wrong to ruin your tennis experience.  Especially if you're going to a tournament, you want to be absolutely certain you and your gear are in top condition to play tennis.  I myself just returned from an incredible weekend packed with tennis and had an incredible time.  So, in this episode, I'm giving you my best tips for traveling for tennis.


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Direct download: 057_Tennis_Travel_Tips.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:06am PDT