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

It's time for another tennis book review.  In this episode, I'm reviewing one of the first tennis books I ever bought and one of my favorites.  It's Winning Ugly by Brad Gilbert and Steve Jamison.  Although this book was published back in 1993, it still has all kinds of actionable tips that apply to today's game.  In my review, I'll give you examples of three "game changers" I got out of this book.  You can find the show notes for this episode, which include a link to Winning Ugly, at:

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Direct download: 083_Winning_Ugly_Book_Review.mp3
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How often should you restring your racquet? Once a month?  Once a year?  Ever?  In this episode of the Tennis Quick Tips podcast, I'll tell you why it's so important to restring your racquet at the right time and then I'll give you my best tips for knowing when it's time to restring your tennis racquet. 

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Direct download: 082_When_To_Restring_Your_Tennis_Racquet.mp3
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Have you ever noticed how much some doubles teams communicate during matches?  Some teams seem to talk to each other after every single point.  Why are they constantly talking and exactly are they talking about?  In this episode, I'll tell you why you should be communicating with your doubles partner and I'll give you my top suggestions for what you should be talking about with your doubles partner out on court.

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Direct download: 081_How_to_Communicate_in_Doubles.mp3
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I just played in my very first USTA singles tournament!  While I had a great experience, I learned a whole lot of things about playing singles and playing in a tournament.  In this episode of Tennis Quick Tips, I give you a behind-the-scenes look into my experience and I give you my five best tips for playing in a tennis tournament. 

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Just this week, I was reminded not once, not twice, not three times, but FOUR times how important it is to be patient when playing tennis. I tend to be a very impatient player, wanting to quickly rush the net and end the point.  Unfortunately, this often results in me making tons or errors and giving points and games away to my opponents.  So, because I'm playing a singles tournament this weekend and patience is EXTREMELY important in singles, I am working very hard to become a more patient tennis player.  The way to do this, I believe, is to (1) realize when you're being impatient, and (2) remind yourself to practice patience on court.

The easiest way to recognize that when you're impatient is usually during your serve.  If you're rushing through your serve and don't have a plan, meaning you having thought out where you should place your serve and why, then you're probably being impatient.  A good way to address this is by adopting a service ritual that you use on every single serve.  I talked about this in Episode 4 of Tennis Quick Tips, called Improve Your Tennis Serve Consistency with a Service Ritual.  I'll link to that below.

To help yourself practice patience, rituals are great but so are little reminders.  To remind myself to be patient in my tournament, I've put a little sticker on the inside of the throat of my racquet that says "Patience."  That's all it says but that's all of the reminder that I need to tell myself to slow down, have a plan, reduce my errors and wait for my opportunity to hit a winner.

Patience - it's an important skill on the tennis court and one that we can develop if we just realize we need it and remind ourselves to practice it. 

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Direct download: 079_The_Importance_of_Patience_in_Tennis.mp3
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