An excerpt from an educational video produced by the late Vic Braden is attached. The USTA needs to contact Vic's widow, Melody, and assist her with preserving Vic's archive. The USTA's money is the public's money and the majority of their annual budget should be spent on education.
To make an understatement, fact-based instruction is a must. Overall, the tennis teaching profession is unprofessional. The problem is simple. Misinformed teachers are misinforming students. As a result, the growth and welfare of tennis are in jeopardy.
By collaborating with scientific experts and being a world-class communicator, Vic made a powerful impact on the game for a significant amount of time. Yet for more than a decade, his scientific break-throughs have been lost because, in tennis, sizzle beats substance.
Discreetly complete your own survey. Ask tennis teachers the dimensions of the court and you will find out, for the most part, that they do not know. In reference to today's short video, ask tennis teachers if their players should lift or stay down on groundstrokes and the majority will give the wrong answer. We have a list of fifteen test questions formulated on common tennis myths. We have administrated the test for years and most tennis teachers answer all the "true-false" questions incorrectly.
Tennis managers and leaders should step up and make sure that tennis newcomers are well taught. There is no substitute for a great beginning. Beginners should be introduced to an educational pathway based on physical laws and the dimensions of the court. Vic Braden's life-long work is a treasure that needs to be saved. The sport of tennis will never die, but our game needs oxygen. Vic Braden the person was a major dose of refreshing oxygen and so is his resource.