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.

You can find the show notes for this episode by going to:

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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Direct download: 064_Arthur_Ashe_On_Tennis_Book_Review.mp3
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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
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 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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