An Opinion Based On Facts
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.

Steve Smith
GreatBase Tennis
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Attached is an interesting read on US soccer written by Hope Solo. Hope played goalie for the US team that won two Olympic gold medals and one World Cup. Her goal is to serve the governing body of US soccer as an administrator and, in doing so, to make playing soccer cheaper. Tennis needs leadership to address the same problem.

One solution in tennis is to bring back match-play ladders. Ladders have become obsolete because they do not make money. Yet, if run properly, ladders that provide a free match-play service would create greater participation which in turn would be healthy for the business-side of tennis. Tennis people need to be honest; our sport is shrinking. If everyone in tennis would agree to play one match per week with an up and coming player with a lower skill set then their own, more matches would be played.

Steve Smith
GreatBase Tennis
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Attitude & Effort
All coaches have been told that there are only two things that their would-be, should-be, could-be athletes can control. Those two things are their attitude and their efforts. The powerful message on the attached tape is from Jimmy Johnson. He won college and professional championship with this formula: PA+E=P.

Thanks for watching and sharing.

Steve Smith
GreatBase Tennis
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Question to Bill Belichick
Winningest Professional Football Coach

Q: "With all your accomplishments in your coaching career, what is left that you still want to accomplish?"

A: "I'd like to go out and have a good practice today. That would be at the of top of my list right now."

Coach Belichick's answer is a lesson for all of us who are connected to running practices for tennis players. No doubt, the genius of Belichick can be defined by his understanding that his practices are his achievements.

Steve Smith
GreatBase Tennis
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Myers-Briggs
The late Vic Braden, a licensed psychologist, was intrigued by both personality and brain typing. Vic produced an educational film with Jon Niednagel (www.BrainTypes.com) called "Who Am I, Who Are You." Their work on the subject matter went all the way to the cover of Tennis Magazine.

The Myers-Briggs system is not scientifically validated; yet it is an effective tool to understand the make-up of people. On the attached video, Vic briefly summarizes how one can identify their personality type. I worked with Vic for nearly forty years and, therefore, have used the Myers-Briggs system for a long time. The system is just another way to try to help oneself and others. If you have a minute, please listen to Vic and discover your personality type or mental/emotional preferences.

Steve Smith
GreatBaseTennis
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