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Words Are A Constant Source of Misunderstanding
By Mary Hill
Teaching and coaching cues should paint a picture in our minds of the action that we want to accomplish. Too many times our words are “misunderstood” in our mind’s image. Three examples of misunderstood words or phrases are 1) watch the ball, 2) pay attention to your ball toss, and 3) hit an overhead.
When you watch the ball, you more often turn your head back and allow the ball to get in so the ball plays you. Instead, put your focus on your “contact zone”, the space that is forward towards the net. For a good example, watch the head of a baseball batter waiting for the pitch and notice the head and eyes forward towards the contact zone. With your focus towards the contact zone, you can move forward and take your energy towards the ball and towards your target.
When you toss the ball on your serve, you draw up an image of a fast motion and often have your elbow, wrist, and fingers involved. Instead you should “lift” the ball from your shoulder, which creates a picture of a gentle, slow placement. Get the perfect picture of this action by watching one of the pros “lift from the shoulder”. Note the ball and hand position.
Hitting an overhead produces a picture of the ball over your head. We all know the ball should be in front of us, so why not call it a “front head”? If you are more attentive to the words you use to coach yourself or others, you will develop more accurate and successful pictures in your head of what the action should be. Try “watch the contact zone”, “lift the ball”, and hit a “front head” the next time you play.
Mary Hill is one of Northern California’s most respected tennis coaches. She has worked with Carolyn Nichols, Martha Downing, and countless other outstanding players. In addition she enjoyed an outstanding player career, capturing multiple national titles.
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The Placebo Effect
Submitted by Vicky McEvoy
Tennis players are afflicted with all sorts of injuries and ailments - an occupational hazard. Along with array of body part problems comes a long list of remedies - kinesiology tape, knee braces, elbow protectors, salt pills, CBD cream, pickle juice, vitamins, fish oil, ketogenic diets, acupuncture, massage, rollers, Advil, stretching before exercise, stretching after exercise, yoga, energy drinks, power bars, and the list goes on. While some of these remedies or treatments have a physiologic basis or a theoretic physiologic basis, not all the treatments that people “swear by” would hold up to double blinded studies supporting science - the true gold standard in medicine.
However, the placebo effect has gained respect in the scientific world of late. A placebo is an inert substance or intervention that has no direct physiologic effect. The placebo effect is a therapeutic or positive response to a placebo. As scientists study this phenomenon they have discovered that placebos can be associated with neurobiologic responses in the brain. Read more
Playing Tennis in Southern Utah
By Judy Smith
In 1987, some Utah philanthropists wanted to build worldwide Peace, Health and Friendship through an international senior sports competition. In 1989, Jon Huntsman (former US Ambassador to China) became the Games' principal sponsor after recognizing that the Games not only fostered lifetime fitness, but also expanded Utah's economic vitality. The Huntsman World Senior Games in St. George, Southern Utah, now draw 11,000 participants each year from 30 countries. The Huntsman family continues to open the Games, welcome the athletes and light the torch, in traditional Olympic fashion, during the Opening Ceremonies. Read more
Review by Lois Harris
"On The Ball: Doubles Tennis Tactics for Recreational Player"
By Gyata Stormon
In her opening remarks, Gyata Stormon acknowledges that she uses the Canadian Tennis Coaching System Shot Cycle to underpin her book. This book also draws on other well-known doubles books for key concepts. However, the detail of the book clearly comes from Ms. Stormon’s playing, coaching, and study of tennis and the insights and notes that she accumulated through her career. This book is truly a “one size fits all,” with advice for the new player, the seasoned player, the coach, the leftie and the rightie. The five chapters and glossary are prolifically illustrated. The information is organized around what the four players on the court should be doing in highly specific situations. Read more