GreatBase Tennis
GreatBase Tennis

Time Management
........don't waste a minute.....

Today's photo is of one of our students, Collin, who just turned thirteen. I am just a few months shy of being fifty years older than Collin. He is listening when I talk about the nuts and bolts and X's and O's of tennis. I also know he is listening when I talk about time management. In a blink of an eye, he and other thirteen year-olds will be eighteen. With the opportunity Collin's parents are providing for him, he should be able to reach his max. Almost on a daily basis, I communicate with current and former students who report that playing college tennis was a major highlight of their life. Yet to accomplish this feat, no teenager can waste a minute.

For your review, there are short videos on this post and our web site. I am sure you and your friends will enjoy watching Collin hit a few balls and play a few points.

Thanks for watching and sharing.

Steve Smith
GreatBase Tennis
GreatBase Tennis

"Winning tennis does not lead to beautiful tennis, but beautiful tennis does lead to winning tennis."
Virginia Wade, Wimbledon Champion

Today's photo is of two brothers, Jason (11) and Henry (9). The brothers are Tennis Memphis participants and they have been training with us for the last four months. On today's videos, the boys help me with with an overview of our "Form Tournament" concept. The first two tapes of our short series is on this post and the others are on our new web site. Just click the "Daily Base" tab. Jason and Henry need to "stay the course" with their form, they are doing great.

Thanks for sharing.

Steve Smith
GreatBase Tennis
GreatBase Tennis

Today's photo is from a free clinic in Memphis that was organized by the USTA officials based in Nashville. The officials of Tennis Memphis arranged for a large number of their juniors to serve as student-assistants and they did an outstanding job teaching. A smile summed up the event.

10 Minutes-10 Months-10-Years........attached is a short video of a routine done by a father and daughter. We recommend that parents, in the comfort their own home, dedicate five minutes in the morning and five minutes in the evening to practice. Tennis improvement comes slowly but surely to those who complete technical routines on a daily basis.

Today's other web site films:
1. Pre-warm-up drill; a quick visual on the overhead.
2. Mini-tennis; a quick visual on mini-tennis with a challenging scoring system.
3: Coaching advice during a water break.

Thanks for sharing.

Steve Smith
GreatBase Tennis
GreatBase Tennis

Rob Krajicek, father of Austin Krajicek, ran our GreatBase Backboard business on a trial basis for six months. Unfortunately, Rob simply does not have the time to continue because of his full time position in the insurance business. We appreciate the time he spent on the backboard project and we plan to implement several of his ideas.

Austin has an impressive tennis resume. Periodically, I will ask juniors during a break to take out their notebooks and write down three things for their tennis bio. Of course, we tell them that they do not need to share their notes because we do not want to embarrass anyone. The purpose of the exercise is to make junior players simply stop and think that they must work smarter and harder to become accomplished. Older players, like Austin, can be asked to simply highlight three stages of their career: 1) juniors, 2) college, and, 3) pros. Austin was the Kalamazoo champion (US national 18's), an All-American and NCAA doubles champion in college and a top 100 player in the pros (ATP singles).

I started teaching Austin just prior to his eighth birthday and soon after he had a portable backboard in his parents' garage. Production of the teaching aid he used was discontinued in the early 90's. I purchased fifty of them and made it a prerequisite for goal-oriented juniors who I worked with at the time and Austin was lucky to get one because my supply had nearly run out. The model Austin used was called the "Tennismate" and our model has very much the same design and same purpose. There are so, so many reasons a player reaches a world-class level and hitting as many balls as humanely possible is one of them.

To purchase a backboard, send an e-mail to info@greatbasetennis.com

Today's facebook film:
1) GreatBase Backboard is great for the backyard.

Today's films currently found under the "Daily Base" tab on our new web site.
2) GreatBase Backboard is great anywhere.
3) GreatBase Backboard is great for a great program.

Steve Smith
GreatBase Tennis
GreatBase Tennis

"You miss 100% of the shots you don't take." Wayne Gretzky

Tennis players also miss 100% of the volleys and overheads that they don't even attempt. It is so important for tennis players to have targets. Most tennis players have way too much anxiety when they go to the net. When you ask a player where they are aiming, they usually will say one of three things: 1) down the line, 2) cross-court, or 3), away from my opponent. Todays' short videos should help one play better and teach better.

Facebook film
1) Explains, by use of targets, how one should see the court.

Film on our web site
2) Shows players going through drills to reinforce how they see the court.

Steve Smith
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