Brother & Sister
Siblings need to learn to practice productively. The attached video covers a short story and a demonstration of learning.

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"To be successful, be brilliant with basics." Vince Lombardi
Between 1979 and 2009, I completed numerous projects for the late Vic Braden. I can share story after story about Vic and his tennis wisdom. One thing Vic used to always say about tennis teaching was, "Just show your students out to hit the ball, I mean really hit it."

Attached is a short film of a six year old girl. Over the last six months, a small group of us have been trying to help her really hit it.

Steve Smith
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The Face of a Champion
Attached is a short film of a six year old boy. From a developmental standpoint, he is hitting a two-handed forehand. Technical advice is shared. The method will give the boy a better chance to hold the racquet high, have a shorter backswing, synchronize the swing with the body and avoid being programmed in the early childhood stage with a severe western grip.

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I once worked for a dean at a college who told me I was rocking the boat. I quickly told him that was impossible because the boat was under-water. My issue was how bad job placement was before I was given the opportunity to revise a curriculum and degree program. I was applying pressure for standards to change on many levels and people do not like comfort zones being broken.

The main issues with most critics of the USTA are the distribution of dollars and player development results. Attached is a conversation between veteran-coach Chuck Kriese and business-advisor Javier Palenque. Both men are passionate about tennis in America and devoted to it's improvement.

Some would say Chuck and Javier are rocking the boat. There is so, so much upside to the worthy causes and enduring efforts of the USTA. The governing body of American tennis is filled with professional staff and dedicated volunteers who also want what is best for American tennis. By listening to Chuck and Javier, I think tennis enthusiasts would agree that there are a few holes in the boat.

Whether one agrees or not with the points they make, tennis advocates should listen. Hearing all viewpoints is healthy.…/american-tennis-with-coach-c…

Steve Smith
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Eleven Quotes .....from Rafael Nadal
1) "Losing is not my enemy....fear of losing is my enemy."

2) "It's never time to look for excuses."

3) "You just try to play tough and focus, point by point, sounds so boring, but it's the right thing to do out there."

4) "I always work with a goal....and... the goal is to improve as a player and person. That's, finally, the most important thing of all."

5) "I play each point like my life depends on it."

6) "I don't have any idols, any heroes."

7) "I have lived my whole life with high intensity."

8) "I learned during all of my career to enjoy suffering."

9) "I appreciate a lot in life, the things you cannot buy. Life is only once."

10) "The glory is being happy. The glory is not winning here or there. The glory is in practicing, enjoying everyday, enjoying hard work, trying to be better than before."

11) "My motivation is tomorrow, just one day at a time."

Steve Smith
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