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Hey, it’s Paul again. How has everyone been? This time I’d like to talk a bit about the serve. Often times, the serve takes a back seat to the rest of the game in tennis. :34 怖~い:


This is more often than not a result of timing. Players and coaches alike typically practise their serve at the end of the workout when they are mentally and physically fatigued. :36 冷や汗:



 As a result, the least attention is available for improving the shot. :33 ごめんなさい:


 To improve your serve — and particularly the second serve — try doing serve-specific workouts at the beginning of your practice or as the sole focus of one practice session per week. :11 ナイス!:


Murray & Sharapova Straight arm rotation J & Classic toss comparison1

 Before we look at specific drills to improve the serve, there are two major elements that are essential to practise which are often overlooked; the toss and the swing. :143 ラケット&ボール:


 I suggest that every player, regardless of their ability, should practise both the toss and swing for their serve before hitting serves. If you can master the toss and swing, you will really improve the percentage of your 1st and 2nd serves. :42 パンチ:



 Drills to improve your serve


My favourite drill involves serving a game up to 15 points where one player serves the entire game, but is only allowed 1 serve each point. :44 テニスボール:


 This is a great way to build up stamina for the serve and learn how to win points on your second serve. You will be much more relaxed of the first serve if you know that holding the game when the second serve is a lock. :24 ワハハ:


 With two players of equal ability, the server should typically win (if you follow the stats of the best professional tennis players, you will always see second serve percentage of points won that exceed 50%). :41 ピース:


 With developing players, however, this is not always the case; they hit way too many double faults and, initially, their serves will be shaky even if they manage not to miss. :34 怖~い:


 But the serve will get noticeably better from week to week as the player learns to relax under pressure. This drill will definitely shine a light on the player’s serving skills. Furthermore, this game is far superior to the baseline game as it is purposeful practice. :45 コート:



 Once this drill is mastered, the players can transition to other serving-based games. Another one I like is for 1 player to serve the entire set (with two serves). Then the other player will serve the entire second set. Another variant is for each player to serve two games at a time (and they play an 8-game pro set). These games are intended to build stamina and confidence. :35 ガハハ:


 As one of the most important strokes in tennis, practising these service games on a regular basis your will once again take centre stage. :41 ピース:


カテゴリー: サーブ, テニス | 投稿者mihamatg 21:29 | コメントをどうぞ

First Blog!!

First Blog:

First, I’d like to introduce myself to everyone. My name is Paul Shiel, and I started working as an MTG coach in January.
皆さん、はじめまして!ポールと申します。1月から美浜テニスガーデンでコーチをやっていますわーい (嬉しい顔)

I’ve been working as the coach of Inage High School for 8 years now, and I wanted to start studying to get my JPTA coaching licence, so here I am.

I’ve been wondering about what to write for my first blog topic for a while, but what else could I start with other than tennis…lol.

I have been playing tennis for 33 years and I’ve come to be a very finicky person when it comes to my equipment.

Anyone who knows me well will testify to how much preparation goes into tuning my rackets, gripping them and choosing strings.

It’s all part of my quest for the perfect racket setup.

One thing that I’ve heard a lot recently from friends and other tennis players, when referring to rackets, are the words “easy to use” or “easy to play with”.

I can never quite get my head around those words.
この言葉は少し理解できませんバッド (下向き矢印)

For me, tennis is about constant improvement. It’s about trying to make.myself a better player, a faster player, trying to achieve the kind of strokes that my idol players hit.
僕にとって、テニスは自己改善を心掛ける事です。もっと良い選手になる事、もっと早いフットワークを目指す事、好きな選手のストロークを打てるようになる事ですdouble exclamation

Whether it’s that Wawrinka backhand, that Federer volley, that Raonic serve…it all boils down to the ‘hard’ work that is needed to achieve that, so where does the word “easy” fit in?

raonic serve



For me, it shouldn't even come into question.

Wanting to hit like the pros is every club tennis player's dream. It is what we all strive for.

However the word ‘easy’ has crept into the equation somewhere down the line.

Easy and hard are opposites, so how can easy fit with the hard work that's necessary for development of your strokes and game?
“EASY” と “HARD” は矛盾だから、自分のテニスを上達するためのハードワークの中に”EASY”は合わないと思います"どんっ

Racket companies are constantly flooding the market with the latest technology and advertising pro endorsed rackets.

However the pros don't use what you see in the shops. They use rackets that are heavier and stiffer (painted to look like the latest model) than what marketers make you believe.

stans racket lead tape
Pros work ‘hard’ on their strokes, their fitness, their game plans, striving to be better. They train their bodies to suit the rackets that enable them to hit the strokes they do.
プロ選手はストロークや体のフィットネスやプレーなどに一生懸命ハードワークを頑張っています。プロテニスの世界では通じるストロークを打てるためのラケットを使えるようにトレーニングしています冷や汗 (顔)

So where does that leave us? I am a firm believer in ‘hard’ work, so next time you are choosing a racket, don’t go for the ‘easy’ option.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying everyone should go out and customize their racket to the heaviest specs possible. I’m saying that everyone should choose or customize a racket best suited to their game and the type of people they regularly play against.

Go for the option that will give yourself the opportunity to improve yourself, improve your strokes and help you take your tennis to the next level.

Best of luck.
頑張っていきましょう手 (グー)


カテゴリー: テニス | 投稿者mihamatg 10:43 | コメントをどうぞ