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  • 07/19/15--22:00: The 'New Tennis Coach' Pack
  • TND-03849A: with Lawrence Eyre, Knox College Head Men's and Women's Tennis Coach;
    former Maharishi School (IA) Head Tennis Coach;
    2009 USPTA "National High School Coach of the Year" 2009,
    Professional 1 Certified Tennis Teacher (USPTA -1991),
    17 State of Iowa Titles in singles, doubles and team competition and 10 runner-up finishes;
    2000 Iowa Tennis Association Coach of the Year;
    featured in Sports Illustrated "Faces in the Crowd"

    We followed 2009 National High School Coach of the Year Lawrence Eyre through two extended practice sessions giving you unprecedented access to every conversation, drill, decision and the layout of his practices.

    In addition to live practice footage, Coach Eyre delivers 'spot on' coaching points and explanations that will enable you to take his ideas and blend them into your own style of coaching.

    Over the course of these practice sessions, Eyre focuses on strengthening five key areas in order of importance.

    • Consistency and accuracy of strokes and serves (most important)
    • Direction and placement
    • Depth
    • Spin
    • Velocity/speed/power (of least importance)

    This DVD provides a myriad of drills and coaching points to ensure that each of your players continues to improve in these areas.

    Lawrence Eyre has had great success with several generations of high school tennis players. Now you can implement the drills, techniques and coaching tactics that have led to 16 state championships!

    219 minutes (2 DVDs). 2011.

    All Access videos are designed to allow viewers from all over the world to see how successful coaches run their practices in a "live" practice setting. All Access videos allow viewers to see the practices un-edited and in real-time. You will see how top coaches run their drills, interact with their team and staff, how they motivate their team, the cue words they use, the atmosphere of the practice and how practices are structured from day to day. Many coaches visit successful colleges and high schools to watch practice. But if you live out of state or out of the country, visiting another coach's practice can be costly. That's why we created the All Access Practice Series of videos -- to bring the practices to you!



    TND-03849B: with Lawrence Eyre, Knox College Head Men's and Women's Tennis Coach;
    former Maharishi School (IA) Head Tennis Coach;
    2009 USPTA "National High School Coach of the Year" 2009,
    Professional 1 Certified Tennis Teacher (USPTA -1991),
    17 State of Iowa Titles in singles, doubles and team competition and 10 runner-up finishes;
    2000 Iowa Tennis Association Coach of the Year;
    featured in Sports Illustrated "Faces in the Crowd"

    The majority of a tennis match takes place between points and sets. If you and your athletes know how to make the most of this time, you will gain a competitive advantage over your opponents.

    This unprecedented 'All Access' DVD is an unbelievable teaching tool designed to help coaches maintain the all-important balance between specific, practical feedback and overall motivational encouragement of their players during match play.

    COACHING IN PRACTICE
    USPTA's 2009 High School Coach of the Year Lawrence Eyre takes you inside a "live" team practice and simulates how he prepares his team for a match. Using an intra-squad match, Eyres demonstrates how he practices watching and coaching his players at changeovers or at the end of sets.

    COACHING IN A LIVE MATCH
    On Disc 2, you will see Coach Eyre 'on the move' at every opportunity - from court to court - offering observations, suggestions and encouragement to all of his players during their matches. Filmed during an actual high school tennis match, this is a segment you will want to watch again and again. The coaching and the suggestions are terrific!

    Get a leg up on your competition this season by mastering your down time during the match!

    Eyre-coached teams have played for the State Team Championship 11 times in the past 24 seasons despite being the smallest school in the State of Iowa with a tennis team!

    140 minutes (2 DVDs). 2011.

    All Access videos are designed to allow viewers from all over the world to see how successful coaches run their practices in a "live" practice setting. All Access videos allow viewers to see the practices un-edited and in real-time. You will see how top coaches run their drills, interact with their team and staff, how they motivate their team, the cue words they use, the atmosphere of the practice and how practices are structured from day to day. Many coaches visit successful colleges and high schools to watch practice. But if you live out of state or out of the country, visiting another coach's practice can be costly. That's why we created the All Access Practice Series of videos -- to bring the practices to you!



    TND-03849C: with Lawrence Eyre, Knox College Head Men's and Women's Tennis Coach;
    former Maharishi School (IA) Head Tennis Coach;
    2009 USPTA "National High School Coach of the Year" 2009,
    Professional 1 Certified Tennis Teacher (USPTA -1991),
    17 State of Iowa Titles in singles, doubles and team competition and 10 runner-up finishes;
    2000 Iowa Tennis Association Coach of the Year;
    featured in Sports Illustrated "Faces in the Crowd"

    Lawrence Eyre has taught and coached 15,000 tennis players over an impressive career that spans several decades of changing equipment, ideas and facilities. As a result, Eyre knows the challenge of putting together a tennis-specific strength, conditioning and quickness training program that works in the off-season, pre-season and in-season.

    This DVD contains a collection of games and drills that can be applied to a wide variety of court conditions, team sizes and talent levels.

    From the warm-up to the cool down and everything in between, Eyre shares all of the games, exercises and drills that he uses, with consistent success, to improve his players' fitness levels, prevent the occurrence of repetitive, overuse injuries and keep practices fun and competitive.

    You will appreciate Eyre's coaching points throughout the DVD - perfectly timed to eliminate any confusion in how to organize a game or drill and/or why this drill is done, as well as insights on team building, hydration, rest and more.

    This excellent tennis DVD also includes a resourceful 'Rube Goldberg Machine' of eight training stations, all operating simultaneously on one court. It includes reaction drills, weight training, running and plyometrics, plus, tennis-specific drills on court - both with and without tennis rackets. Your team will love it!

    Eyre-coached teams have played for the State Team Championship 11 times in the past 24 seasons despite being the smallest school in the State of Iowa with a tennis team!

    90 minutes. 2011.



    TND-04147A: with Eric Wammock,
    Owner, Hilton Head Island Tennis and Director of Tennis for the Hilton Head Island Beach and Tennis Resort (Named 2012 'Top 5 Tennis Resort in the Carolinas' by Tennis Magazine), Hilton Head Christian Academy Tennis Coach (State Runner-up '12, State Semifinals '13), collegiate All-American, former ITF Professional, at age 21 was the youngest D-I college head coach ever (VCU), and the USPTA South Carolina Pro of the Year ('97)

    The most complicated shot in tennis deserves expert instruction and that is what you get from this DVD.

    Eric Wammock's many years as a developing player, touring player, college and high school coach and tennis club professional have reinforced to him the importance of teaching the fundamentals and the 'how to' parts of the serve first, and then, and only then, working into the 'where to' parts of taking better aim at specific targets on the court.

    You will receive instruction on the grip, the stance, body position, the release, slice or topspin, the rationale and best practices. The final segment covers the return of serve and shares the best practices for position, racquet position and footwork.

    Whether you are a coach or an aspiring player, this DVD will reinforce every aspect of creating and developing a consistent serve.

    48 minutes. 2012.



    TND-04147B: with Eric Wammock,
    Owner, Hilton Head Island Tennis and Director of Tennis for the Hilton Head Island Beach and Tennis Resort (Named 2012 'Top 5 Tennis Resort in the Carolinas' by Tennis Magazine), Hilton Head Christian Academy Tennis Coach (State Runner-up '12, State Semifinals '13), collegiate All-American, former ITF Professional, at age 21 was the youngest D-I college head coach ever (VCU), and the USPTA South Carolina Pro of the Year ('97)

    Because of the simplicity and seemingly unchanged nature of the basic volley over time, this fundamental stroke is often under-practiced and under-studied.

    Eric Wammock's many years as a student and teacher of the game have equipped him with the perfect balance of being able to share all the relevant information and the ability to do so in a way that is logical, purposeful and will help you build your player's game to its fullest potential.

    The forehand volley, the backhand volley and the overhead are all fully covered from grip to feet to racquet and all of the extra detail that will take your stroke to the next level!

    52 minutes. 2012.



    TND-04147C: with Eric Wammock,
    Owner, Hilton Head Island Tennis and Director of Tennis for the Hilton Head Island Beach and Tennis Resort (Named 2012 'Top 5 Tennis Resort in the Carolinas' by Tennis Magazine), Hilton Head Christian Academy Tennis Coach (State Runner-up '12, State Semifinals '13), collegiate All-American, former ITF Professional, at age 21 was the youngest D-I college head coach ever (VCU), and the USPTA South Carolina Pro of the Year ('97)

    The detail and the large amount of stellar, useful information included in this video is extraordinary.

    Eric Wammock's many years as a player and coach at all levels come shining through as he provides one of the better video lessons on the forehand and backhand we have ever seen.

    The basics - such as grip, stance, follow through and point of contact - are all covered. There is a section on shot evaluation, a series of advanced-level shot making, a series of errors and how to correct them and all the while, Coach Wammock's well-presented 'why' for every 'how'.

    Learning correct forehand and backhand is essential. This DVD will take your player's understanding of correct form and technique to the next level!

    57 minutes. 2012.



    TND-04147D: with Eric Wammock,
    Owner, Hilton Head Island Tennis and Director of Tennis for the Hilton Head Island Beach and Tennis Resort (Named 2012 'Top 5 Tennis Resort in the Carolinas' by Tennis Magazine), Hilton Head Christian Academy Tennis Coach (State Runner-up '12, State Semifinals '13), collegiate All-American, former ITF Professional, at age 21 was the youngest D-I college head coach ever (VCU), and the USPTA South Carolina Pro of the Year ('97)

    In this excellent DVD, Wammock shares how your body position, or your position on the court, can create a need for specialty shots. All strokes and shots in tennis are variations of the four major strokes - the volley, the forehand, the backhand and serve. Wammock explores all of the most used (and most useful!) specialty shots, and shows how to practice them and when to use them for maximum advantage.

    The Approach Shot and the Put Away Shot are taught in detail for both the forehand and backhand. Also covered are the Lob, the Buggy Whip, the Dropshot, and Angle Volley, a Stab Volley, Slices, a Half Volley, Running Down a Lob and a fun one - the 'Tweener.'

    You will be a better teacher and your players will all benefit from this great instruction.

    60 minutes. 2012.




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  • 07/19/15--22:00: The 'All Access' Tennis Pack
  • TND-03688: with Peter Smith,
    University of Southern California Men's Tennis Coach;
    2014 NCAA Champions;
    5x NCAA Champions, including Back-to-Back-to-Back-to-Back (2009/2010/2011/2012) titles;
    2011 Pac-10 Coach of the Year;2011 USPTA National College "Coach of the Year"; 2010 & 2012 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) "Coach of the Year"

    You no longer have to wonder "How does USC do it every year?"

    USC Head Men's Tennis Coach Peter Smith allows you unprecedented 'all access' to his practices, drills, philosophy and more. Explore the inner-workings of Coach Smith's 20+ year, time-tested system of success and learn how you can incorporate his best drills and best ideas into your program.

    This extensive DVD set includes four hours of on-court tennis instruction including three full practices and core strength training exercises.

    Practice Breakdown:

    • Day 1 practice focuses on transition shots and volley shots. Smith stresses taking away time from your opponent. Includes some weight room exercises, warm-ups and dynamic warm-up drills.
    • Day 2 practice focuses on footwork behind the baseline, live play drills, pattern play and solid groundstrokes. Includes some fun warm-ups and competitive doubles drills as well.
    • Day 3 practice focuses on doubles - first shots, serves, returns, the first volley and the poach. All of the drills Smith shares are designed to make the USC team the best they can be. The team also takes another turn with Wendell Richards, USC Tennis Strength Training & Conditioning coach, for a series of weight room/core strength workouts.

    Watch this DVD today and you will witness, firsthand, the competitive drills, the focus, the dedication, the pushing, the strength training, the warm-ups, the fun, the frustration, the tenacity of USC tennis. It is unlike any other instructional/educational coaching experience you have ever had!

    243 minutes (3 DVDs). 2011.

    All Access videos are designed to allow viewers from all over the world to see how successful coaches run their practices in a "live" practice setting. All Access videos allow viewers to see the practices un-edited and in real-time. You will see how top coaches run their drills, interact with their team and staff, how they motivate their team, the cue words they use, the atmosphere of the practice and how practices are structured from day to day. Many coaches visit successful colleges and high schools to watch practice. But if you live out of state or out of the country, visiting another coach's practice can be costly. That's why we created the All Access Practice Series of videos -- to bring the practices to you!



    TND-03849A: with Lawrence Eyre, Knox College Head Men's and Women's Tennis Coach;
    former Maharishi School (IA) Head Tennis Coach;
    2009 USPTA "National High School Coach of the Year" 2009,
    Professional 1 Certified Tennis Teacher (USPTA -1991),
    17 State of Iowa Titles in singles, doubles and team competition and 10 runner-up finishes;
    2000 Iowa Tennis Association Coach of the Year;
    featured in Sports Illustrated "Faces in the Crowd"

    We followed 2009 National High School Coach of the Year Lawrence Eyre through two extended practice sessions giving you unprecedented access to every conversation, drill, decision and the layout of his practices.

    In addition to live practice footage, Coach Eyre delivers 'spot on' coaching points and explanations that will enable you to take his ideas and blend them into your own style of coaching.

    Over the course of these practice sessions, Eyre focuses on strengthening five key areas in order of importance.

    • Consistency and accuracy of strokes and serves (most important)
    • Direction and placement
    • Depth
    • Spin
    • Velocity/speed/power (of least importance)

    This DVD provides a myriad of drills and coaching points to ensure that each of your players continues to improve in these areas.

    Lawrence Eyre has had great success with several generations of high school tennis players. Now you can implement the drills, techniques and coaching tactics that have led to 16 state championships!

    219 minutes (2 DVDs). 2011.

    All Access videos are designed to allow viewers from all over the world to see how successful coaches run their practices in a "live" practice setting. All Access videos allow viewers to see the practices un-edited and in real-time. You will see how top coaches run their drills, interact with their team and staff, how they motivate their team, the cue words they use, the atmosphere of the practice and how practices are structured from day to day. Many coaches visit successful colleges and high schools to watch practice. But if you live out of state or out of the country, visiting another coach's practice can be costly. That's why we created the All Access Practice Series of videos -- to bring the practices to you!



    TND-04146: featuring Brian Boland, University of Virginia Head Coach;
    2015 & 2013 NCAA Men's National Champions;
    Back-to-back (2011 & 2012) NCAA Team Championship Runner-up, 2008 ITA 'National Coach of the Year', 6x consecutive ACC 'Coach of the Year'/ACC Conference Championship

    Virginia Men's Tennis and Brian Boland both personify excellence, consistency and sound fundamental play.

    In this DVD, Coach Boland allows unprecedented "all access" to the first dual match of the season; setting the stage for a season of self-improvement, steady growth and team-building unity.

    Boland provides insight into pre-match warm-ups, candid assessments of each player and their play, offers steady encouragement and purposeful, constructive criticism and then shares with you, the coach, what he is doing, why and where the opportunities for learning for your team can be found.

    Boland shares his strategy of training and playing on clay courts in the early season. Clay surfaces reinforce sound footwork and provides other competitive advantages that cannot be found on hard surfaces.

    Watch this DVD today and you will witness, firsthand, the focus, the dedication, the pushing, the fun, the frustration, and the tenacity of a Championship-caliber Virginia tennis team early on in the season. The net result for this team was finishing the year (second year in a row) as the NCAA Team Champion Runner-up!

    43 minutes. 2012.

    All Access videos are designed to allow viewers from all over the world to see how successful coaches run their practices in a "live" practice setting. All Access videos allow viewers to see the practices un-edited and in real-time. You will see how top coaches run their drills, interact with their team and staff, how they motivate their team, the cue words they use, the atmosphere of the practice and how practices are structured from day to day. Many coaches visit successful colleges and high schools to watch practice. But if you live out of state or out of the country, visiting another coach's practice can be costly. That's why we created the All Access Practice Series of videos -- to bring the practices to you!




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    with Allen Fox, Ph.D.; former Pepperdine Head Men's Tennis Coach,
    Wimbledon quarter-finalist; 3x member of the U.S. Davis Cup team; 2x NCAA champion, UCLA Athletic Hall of Fame, Southern California Tennis Hall of Fame, Intercollegiate Coaches Hall of Fame, International Tennis Hall of Fame

    Renowned sports psychologist and tennis guru Allen Fox tackles one of the least-understood and often under-coached areas in the sport - winning the 'mental match' that goes on inside your head.

    In an intimate, 'fireside chat-like' setting, Coach Fox shares his thoughts and insights on a variety of compelling topics (choking, anger, discouragement, nerves, fear, and more) centered around gaining an understanding of the process of how and why competition-based emotions arise so routinely and how an understanding and recognition of them is a step towards overcoming their impact on your game in the future.

    A "must-see," information-packed session for all coaches and serious tennis players!

    "Allen Fox is one of the true giants of the game! If you truly want to understand the mental challenges of this game and play, or coach, better because of it, this video, by the world's most renowned expert, will significantly help you in your journey!"
    Dick Gould, 17x NCAA Championship Coach at Stanford University

    "This video is an incredible teaching tool that will help players of all levels play up to their potential and enjoy their tennis more. I benefitted from these same techniques and knowledge during my career, and I am sure you will as well."

    "This video will help you understand and solve many of the mental problems we all run into in competition."

    "I can unequivocally recommend this video to any coaches or players wanting to understand, and improve, their mental games." Richard Gallien, Women's Head Coach, USC

    73 minutes. 2014.


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  • 07/19/15--22:00: Singles Strategy & Tactics
  • with Eric Wammock;
    Owner, Hilton Head Island Tennis and Director of Tennis for the Hilton Head Island Beach and Tennis Resort (Named 2012 'Top 5 Tennis Resort in the Carolinas' by Tennis Magazine), Hilton Head Christian Academy Tennis Coach (State Runner-up '12, State Semifinals '13), collegiate All-American, former ITF Professional, at age 21 was the youngest D-I college head coach ever (VCU), and the USPTA South Carolina Pro of the Year ('97)

    Hilton Head tennis instructor and successful high school coach Eric Wammock takes the guesswork out of tennis strategy and tactics and equips you with a wealth of insight and knowledge for your teams. Once your tennis players begin to develop tennis skills, adding in a dose of strategic and tactical training will help them achieve even greater success.

    Coach Wammock covers court position and recovery, how to establish patterns, understanding what shots to hit (and when and why), establishing a 'game plan' and a 'points plan' as you head into a match, identifying opponents' 'type' (attacker, baseliner, etc.) and using that knowledge to adjust your game and much, much more.

    104 minutes. 2014.


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    TND-04538A: with Eric Wammock;
    Owner, Hilton Head Island Tennis and Director of Tennis for the Hilton Head Island Beach and Tennis Resort (Named 2012 'Top 5 Tennis Resort in the Carolinas' by Tennis Magazine), Hilton Head Christian Academy Tennis Coach (State Runner-up '12, State Semifinals '13), collegiate All-American, former ITF Professional, at age 21 was the youngest D-I college head coach ever (VCU), and the USPTA South Carolina Pro of the Year ('97)

    Hilton Head tennis instructor and successful high school coach Eric Wammock takes the guesswork out of tennis strategy and tactics and equips you with a wealth of insight and knowledge for your teams. Once your tennis players begin to develop tennis skills, adding in a dose of strategic and tactical training will help them achieve even greater success.

    Coach Wammock covers court position and recovery, how to establish patterns, understanding what shots to hit (and when and why), establishing a 'game plan' and a 'points plan' as you head into a match, identifying opponents' 'type' (attacker, baseliner, etc.) and using that knowledge to adjust your game and much, much more.

    104 minutes. 2014.



    TND-04538B: with Eric Wammock;
    Owner, Hilton Head Island Tennis and Director of Tennis for the Hilton Head Island Beach and Tennis Resort (Named 2012 'Top 5 Tennis Resort in the Carolinas' by Tennis Magazine), Hilton Head Christian Academy Tennis Coach (State Runner-up '12, State Semifinals '13), collegiate All-American, former ITF Professional, at age 21 was the youngest D-I college head coach ever (VCU), and the USPTA South Carolina Pro of the Year ('97)

    Learn to outsmart your opponents with sound doubles strategy!

    Finally, a video on doubles that provides a useful, easy-to-implement series of strategies and tactics for doubles tennis. Hilton Head Tennis' Eric Wammock details the position on the court, responsibility and tactics for:

    • the server,
    • the returner,
    • the returner's partner
    • the server's partner

    He also details important considerations such as: 'Who covers the lob?', 'who covers the middle?', how to move as a team, staggered vs. un-staggered, shot selection and much more!

    Coach Wammock covers a variety of formations, a variety of shot selection choices and offers great instruction on the pro and cons of differing strategies. The comprehensiveness of Wammock's instruction make this doubles strategy/tactics video a 'can't miss/must have' for every coach!

    98 minutes. 2014.




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  • 07/19/15--22:00: Doubles Strategy & Tactics
  • with Eric Wammock;
    Owner, Hilton Head Island Tennis and Director of Tennis for the Hilton Head Island Beach and Tennis Resort (Named 2012 'Top 5 Tennis Resort in the Carolinas' by Tennis Magazine), Hilton Head Christian Academy Tennis Coach (State Runner-up '12, State Semifinals '13), collegiate All-American, former ITF Professional, at age 21 was the youngest D-I college head coach ever (VCU), and the USPTA South Carolina Pro of the Year ('97)

    Learn to outsmart your opponents with sound doubles strategy!

    Finally, a video on doubles that provides a useful, easy-to-implement series of strategies and tactics for doubles tennis. Hilton Head Tennis' Eric Wammock details the position on the court, responsibility and tactics for:

    • the server,
    • the returner,
    • the returner's partner
    • the server's partner

    He also details important considerations such as: 'Who covers the lob?', 'who covers the middle?', how to move as a team, staggered vs. un-staggered, shot selection and much more!

    Coach Wammock covers a variety of formations, a variety of shot selection choices and offers great instruction on the pro and cons of differing strategies. The comprehensiveness of Wammock's instruction make this doubles strategy/tactics video a 'can't miss/must have' for every coach!

    98 minutes. 2014.


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    with Claire Pollard, Northwestern University Women's Head Tennis Coach;
    2008 Wilson/ITA National Coach of the Year, ITA National Team Indoor Champions ('08, '09);
    Big Ten Champions from 1999-2009, and 2012.
    As a player, Coach Pollard, who was both an All-American and an Academic all-American, won the1989 NCAA Doubles Championship as well as back-to-back SEC Indoor and outdoor Doubles Championships (with former NU Associate Head Coach Jackie Holden, who also appears in this video).

    Taking a practice day and dedicating it to individual instruction is hard work for the coach, but it's incredibly rewarding for the players on your team. It also helps break up a week of team practices and allows the players to take a step back and re-focus on the fundamentals.

    By using one-on-one or two-on-one sessions with your players, you have extra time to focus in on fixing grips, improving stroke biomechanics and sharing valuable observations up close, reinforcing your teaching points using iPad video.

    149 minutes. 2015.


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    with Claire Pollard, Northwestern University Women's Head Tennis Coach;
    2008 Wilson/ITA National Coach of the Year, ITA National Team Indoor Champions ('08, '09);
    Big Ten Champions from 1999-2009, and 2012.
    As a player, Coach Pollard, who was both an All-American and an Academic all-American, won the1989 NCAA Doubles Championship as well as back-to-back SEC Indoor and outdoor Doubles Championships (with former NU Associate Head Coach Jackie Holden, who also appears in this video).

    In this video, you get a courtside seat to take in Claire Pollard's 'Open Practice' dedicated to team doubles shot-making skills and tactics. Salient advice and spot -on coaching provide an unprecedented view inside the coaching mind of one of the most decorated college coaches in the women's game today!

    105 minutes. 2015.


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    with Claire Pollard, Northwestern University Women's Head Tennis Coach;
    2008 Wilson/ITA National Coach of the Year, ITA National Team Indoor Champions ('08, '09);
    Big Ten Champions from 1999-2009, and 2012.
    As a player, Coach Pollard, who was both an All-American and an Academic all-American, won the1989 NCAA Doubles Championship as well as back-to-back SEC Indoor and outdoor Doubles Championships (with former NU Associate Head Coach Jackie Holden, who also appears in this video).

    How can you coach your team to become, year after year, a great team? In the Big Ten, Claire Pollard's Northwestern Wildcats have stood the test of time; in14 of the last 15 years since 1999, the Big Ten conference tournament has been won by a Claire Pollard-coached team. With unprecedented access to over three hours of practice time, Pollard presents an unfiltered, live look at what she does with her team in the early season practices.

    By watching from the courtside, you can be a part of the team meetings at midcourt and learn her favorite drills to reinforce accuracy, quick reactions and conditioning. Her brilliance as a coach is evident as she goes, court to court, player to player, sandwiching perfectly timed constructive criticism with praise.

    204 minutes (2 DVDs). 2015.


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    TND-04774A: with Claire Pollard, Northwestern University Women's Head Tennis Coach;
    2008 Wilson/ITA National Coach of the Year, ITA National Team Indoor Champions ('08, '09);
    Big Ten Champions from 1999-2009, and 2012.
    As a player, Coach Pollard, who was both an All-American and an Academic all-American, won the1989 NCAA Doubles Championship as well as back-to-back SEC Indoor and outdoor Doubles Championships (with former NU Associate Head Coach Jackie Holden, who also appears in this video).

    How can you coach your team to become, year after year, a great team? In the Big Ten, Claire Pollard's Northwestern Wildcats have stood the test of time; in14 of the last 15 years since 1999, the Big Ten conference tournament has been won by a Claire Pollard-coached team. With unprecedented access to over three hours of practice time, Pollard presents an unfiltered, live look at what she does with her team in the early season practices.

    By watching from the courtside, you can be a part of the team meetings at midcourt and learn her favorite drills to reinforce accuracy, quick reactions and conditioning. Her brilliance as a coach is evident as she goes, court to court, player to player, sandwiching perfectly timed constructive criticism with praise.

    204 minutes (2 DVDs). 2015.



    TND-04774B: with Claire Pollard, Northwestern University Women's Head Tennis Coach;
    2008 Wilson/ITA National Coach of the Year, ITA National Team Indoor Champions ('08, '09);
    Big Ten Champions from 1999-2009, and 2012.
    As a player, Coach Pollard, who was both an All-American and an Academic all-American, won the1989 NCAA Doubles Championship as well as back-to-back SEC Indoor and outdoor Doubles Championships (with former NU Associate Head Coach Jackie Holden, who also appears in this video).

    In this video, you get a courtside seat to take in Claire Pollard's 'Open Practice' dedicated to team doubles shot-making skills and tactics. Salient advice and spot -on coaching provide an unprecedented view inside the coaching mind of one of the most decorated college coaches in the women's game today!

    105 minutes. 2015.



    TND-04774C: with Claire Pollard, Northwestern University Women's Head Tennis Coach;
    2008 Wilson/ITA National Coach of the Year, ITA National Team Indoor Champions ('08, '09);
    Big Ten Champions from 1999-2009, and 2012.
    As a player, Coach Pollard, who was both an All-American and an Academic all-American, won the1989 NCAA Doubles Championship as well as back-to-back SEC Indoor and outdoor Doubles Championships (with former NU Associate Head Coach Jackie Holden, who also appears in this video).

    Taking a practice day and dedicating it to individual instruction is hard work for the coach, but it's incredibly rewarding for the players on your team. It also helps break up a week of team practices and allows the players to take a step back and re-focus on the fundamentals.

    By using one-on-one or two-on-one sessions with your players, you have extra time to focus in on fixing grips, improving stroke biomechanics and sharing valuable observations up close, reinforcing your teaching points using iPad video.

    149 minutes. 2015.




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    with Bruce Gullikson,
    USPTA Elite Professional; President, USPTA Northern Division;
    High Performance Certified;
    Head Tennis Professional at Lifetime 98th St Club

    Have you ever wondered how you could use some of the equipment you have lying around to train your athletes?

    Bruce Gullikson, Head Tennis Professional at Lifetime 98th St Club and USPTA Elite Professional, delivers a video packed with innovative ways to use objects like ball hoppers, towels, balance discs, cones, jump ropes and cell phones to improve the ability of your players. You'll also get tips and tricks for hitting specific shots, including ground strokes, volleys, drop shots and more.

    Utilizing Equipment

    Coach Gullikson has his players demonstrate how to use common objects to enhance their skills. For example, you'll learn how to use a ball hopper to train athletes to keep their weight on their back leg during a serve. After a few reps, your athletes will be able to move on to hitting a regular serve while applying the techniques they just learned.

    Using cones can be another fun and effective training method. Your players will learn how to use cones as a visual aid to build hand-eye coordination and to properly orient their racquets to the ball.

    Balance disks are perfect for getting players into an athletic position and encouraging a smooth swing. As your athletes stand on balance disks, they'll improve their leg strength, core strength, ground strokes and serving ability. Other objects that Coach Gullikson uses to teach his athletes include jump ropes, towels and cell phones.

    Tips and Tricks

    You'll learn Coach Gullikson's advice for mental toughness, balance and various types of shots as he breaks down drills and offers suggestions for his players in a live setting.

    It's essential to be relaxed and use a "catch and release" method on ground strokes, according to Coach Gullikson. In the "Rule of One Bounce" section, you'll hear him explain why players should have their serves get to the back wall or fence in one bounce to make returning the ball tougher for the opponent. More tips, tricks and drills are included that cover backhand slices, volleys, overheads, drop shots and using the continental grip.

    This video contains training methods that are effective for coaches of all levels. This season, keep your players engaged in practice with Coach Gullikson's innovative tips and drills.

    54 minutes. 2015.


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  • 11/26/15--22:00: High Octane Tennis 3-Pack
  • TND-04896A: with Bruce Gullikson,
    USPTA Elite Professional; President, USPTA Northern Division;
    High Performance Certified;
    Head Tennis Professional at Lifetime 98th St Club

    A common problem for many tennis coaches is having a limited amount of court space to use during team training sessions. Practices using traditional individual drills won't get a full team the amount of time they need on the court to enhance their skills.

    USPTA Elite Professional Bruce Gullikson provides 15 drills and variations for teams that are limited to 1-2 practice courts. Coach Gullikson demonstrates warmups and large group competitive games and drills. These drills will improve your players' footwork, posture, reaction time, ground strokes, lobs, smashes and volleys.

    Team Warm-Up

    You'll learn two types of warm-up drills from Coach Gullikson: the Volley Lob Warm-Up and the Ground Stroke Warm-Up. In the Volley Lob Warm-Up, your players will work on keeping their hands in front of their body at the net, maintaining active feet and getting creative with their volleys. It's a great way to get heart rates up and work up a sweat before a demanding practice session.

    The second warm-up drill is the Ground Stroke Warm-Up. Athletes will work on hitting slices, shots with top spin, defense and footwork.

    Large Group Games

    Coach Gullikson works on virtually every skill needed to play elite tennis using games designed for high numbers of players. Your athletes will cycle in and out of drills quickly, getting tons of reps and opportunities to get better.

    In Bump Pass Spike, athletes develop creativity, movement without the ball, overhead shots and ability to play with their opposite hand. The phrase that Coach Gullikson promotes is "Hands and feet make the player complete," which is reinforced on the court.

    Competitiveness is ramped up in Flurry, a fast-paced drill focused on reaction time and playing from different spots on the court. Teams of three battle against each other to stay on the court, as making a mistake means a new player rotates in for the losing team.

    After an intense practice, players need to cool down. See Ya is a great way to end practice, as players work on eliminating mistakes while trying to force opponents into errors.

    Coaches of all levels will benefit from the drills and skills covered in this video. Incorporating Coach Gullikson's exercises into your practices will help your players improve at a faster rate, especially if you have limited court space.

    65 minutes. 2015.



    TND-04896B: with Bruce Gullikson,
    USPTA Elite Professional; President, USPTA Northern Division;
    High Performance Certified;
    Head Tennis Professional at Lifetime 98th St Club

    Keeping players engaged is one of the keys to running an effective tennis practice.

    USPTA Elite Professional and Head Club Pro, Bruce Gullikson, shows you over 20 high-intensity drills designed for individual players. The exercises provided by Coach Gullikson will help your athletes develop posture, strategy, racquet angle, ground strokes, net defense, spin shots, volleys and accuracy.

    Body and Ball Control

    Start off your practices by getting players' bodies stretched out and in the correct posture with the Matuska Drill. Your athletes will learn to use their legs and lower their center of gravity while hitting a ball with a partner.

    Coach Gullikson includes a series of drills focused on ball control. The Djokovic Drill is a fun exercise that will help your players improve their footwork and racquet angles while competing against another player. Other drills that work on getting a better feel for the ball include the Fast and Furious drill and the Absorb and Rip drill.

    Individual Skills

    Your players will work on keeping the ball in play, generating spin, game-winning shots, approach shots, accuracy and movement with Coach Gullikson's individual drills.

    The 2-on-1 Doubles Isolation drill pits an individual against two players as they work to hit game-winners. It's a challenging drill that will force your athletes to dig deep and hit shots they might not normally make against a single opponent. The Blue Line Net Coverage 2 vs 1 drill makes things even harder, as the width of the court is narrowed to encourage hitting hard, accurate shots.

    Another great exercise is the Designated Approaches drill, in which your players will learn to react to the speed of different shots as they approach the net.

    Hand Feeding

    Coach Gullikson provides a variety of hand feeding drills that work on different kinds of movement and shots.

    The Hand Tossing X Drill gets players moving in different directions prior to hitting a ball, while also working on hitting backhands and forehands. Your athletes will also learn how to get more top spin on balls with the Low Ball Wristers exercise. By hitting a low ball at the right angle with more racquet speed, players will soon find themselves hitting devastating topspin shots with ease.

    Coach Gullikson's drills for individuals are built with the player in mind. Athletes of all levels will get better at tennis while having fun performing the exercises shown in this video.

    56 minutes. 2015.



    TND-04896C: with Bruce Gullikson,
    USPTA Elite Professional; President, USPTA Northern Division;
    High Performance Certified;
    Head Tennis Professional at Lifetime 98th St Club

    Have you ever wondered how you could use some of the equipment you have lying around to train your athletes?

    Bruce Gullikson, Head Tennis Professional at Lifetime 98th St Club and USPTA Elite Professional, delivers a video packed with innovative ways to use objects like ball hoppers, towels, balance discs, cones, jump ropes and cell phones to improve the ability of your players. You'll also get tips and tricks for hitting specific shots, including ground strokes, volleys, drop shots and more.

    Utilizing Equipment

    Coach Gullikson has his players demonstrate how to use common objects to enhance their skills. For example, you'll learn how to use a ball hopper to train athletes to keep their weight on their back leg during a serve. After a few reps, your athletes will be able to move on to hitting a regular serve while applying the techniques they just learned.

    Using cones can be another fun and effective training method. Your players will learn how to use cones as a visual aid to build hand-eye coordination and to properly orient their racquets to the ball.

    Balance disks are perfect for getting players into an athletic position and encouraging a smooth swing. As your athletes stand on balance disks, they'll improve their leg strength, core strength, ground strokes and serving ability. Other objects that Coach Gullikson uses to teach his athletes include jump ropes, towels and cell phones.

    Tips and Tricks

    You'll learn Coach Gullikson's advice for mental toughness, balance and various types of shots as he breaks down drills and offers suggestions for his players in a live setting.

    It's essential to be relaxed and use a "catch and release" method on ground strokes, according to Coach Gullikson. In the "Rule of One Bounce" section, you'll hear him explain why players should have their serves get to the back wall or fence in one bounce to make returning the ball tougher for the opponent. More tips, tricks and drills are included that cover backhand slices, volleys, overheads, drop shots and using the continental grip.

    This video contains training methods that are effective for coaches of all levels. This season, keep your players engaged in practice with Coach Gullikson's innovative tips and drills.

    54 minutes. 2015.




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    with Bruce Gullikson,
    USPTA Elite Professional; President, USPTA Northern Division;
    High Performance Certified;
    Head Tennis Professional at Lifetime 98th St Club

    A common problem for many tennis coaches is having a limited amount of court space to use during team training sessions. Practices using traditional individual drills won't get a full team the amount of time they need on the court to enhance their skills.

    USPTA Elite Professional Bruce Gullikson provides 15 drills and variations for teams that are limited to 1-2 practice courts. Coach Gullikson demonstrates warmups and large group competitive games and drills. These drills will improve your players' footwork, posture, reaction time, ground strokes, lobs, smashes and volleys.

    Team Warm-Up

    You'll learn two types of warm-up drills from Coach Gullikson: the Volley Lob Warm-Up and the Ground Stroke Warm-Up. In the Volley Lob Warm-Up, your players will work on keeping their hands in front of their body at the net, maintaining active feet and getting creative with their volleys. It's a great way to get heart rates up and work up a sweat before a demanding practice session.

    The second warm-up drill is the Ground Stroke Warm-Up. Athletes will work on hitting slices, shots with top spin, defense and footwork.

    Large Group Games

    Coach Gullikson works on virtually every skill needed to play elite tennis using games designed for high numbers of players. Your athletes will cycle in and out of drills quickly, getting tons of reps and opportunities to get better.

    In Bump Pass Spike, athletes develop creativity, movement without the ball, overhead shots and ability to play with their opposite hand. The phrase that Coach Gullikson promotes is "Hands and feet make the player complete," which is reinforced on the court.

    Competitiveness is ramped up in Flurry, a fast-paced drill focused on reaction time and playing from different spots on the court. Teams of three battle against each other to stay on the court, as making a mistake means a new player rotates in for the losing team.

    After an intense practice, players need to cool down. See Ya is a great way to end practice, as players work on eliminating mistakes while trying to force opponents into errors.

    Coaches of all levels will benefit from the drills and skills covered in this video. Incorporating Coach Gullikson's exercises into your practices will help your players improve at a faster rate, especially if you have limited court space.

    65 minutes. 2015.


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    with Bruce Gullikson,
    USPTA Elite Professional; President, USPTA Northern Division;
    High Performance Certified;
    Head Tennis Professional at Lifetime 98th St Club

    Keeping players engaged is one of the keys to running an effective tennis practice.

    USPTA Elite Professional and Head Club Pro, Bruce Gullikson, shows you over 20 high-intensity drills designed for individual players. The exercises provided by Coach Gullikson will help your athletes develop posture, strategy, racquet angle, ground strokes, net defense, spin shots, volleys and accuracy.

    Body and Ball Control

    Start off your practices by getting players' bodies stretched out and in the correct posture with the Matuska Drill. Your athletes will learn to use their legs and lower their center of gravity while hitting a ball with a partner.

    Coach Gullikson includes a series of drills focused on ball control. The Djokovic Drill is a fun exercise that will help your players improve their footwork and racquet angles while competing against another player. Other drills that work on getting a better feel for the ball include the Fast and Furious drill and the Absorb and Rip drill.

    Individual Skills

    Your players will work on keeping the ball in play, generating spin, game-winning shots, approach shots, accuracy and movement with Coach Gullikson's individual drills.

    The 2-on-1 Doubles Isolation drill pits an individual against two players as they work to hit game-winners. It's a challenging drill that will force your athletes to dig deep and hit shots they might not normally make against a single opponent. The Blue Line Net Coverage 2 vs 1 drill makes things even harder, as the width of the court is narrowed to encourage hitting hard, accurate shots.

    Another great exercise is the Designated Approaches drill, in which your players will learn to react to the speed of different shots as they approach the net.

    Hand Feeding

    Coach Gullikson provides a variety of hand feeding drills that work on different kinds of movement and shots.

    The Hand Tossing X Drill gets players moving in different directions prior to hitting a ball, while also working on hitting backhands and forehands. Your athletes will also learn how to get more top spin on balls with the Low Ball Wristers exercise. By hitting a low ball at the right angle with more racquet speed, players will soon find themselves hitting devastating topspin shots with ease.

    Coach Gullikson's drills for individuals are built with the player in mind. Athletes of all levels will get better at tennis while having fun performing the exercises shown in this video.

    56 minutes. 2015.


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    by Chris Lewit

    Foreword by Lluis Bruguera

    What makes Spanish tennis so unique and successful? What exactly are those Spanish coaches doing so differently to develop superstars like Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer that other systems are not doing? These and other questions are answered in The Secrets of Spanish Tennis, the culmination of five years of study on the Spanish way of training by USTA High Performance Coach Chris Lewit. He visited many of the top Spanish academies and studied and interviewed some of the leading coaches in Spain to discern and distill this unique and special training methodology.

    167 pages. 2014.


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  • 09/18/18--22:00: Keys to the Kick Serve
  • with Chris Lewit, certified USTA High Performance Coach;
    former nationally ranked junior and #1 player at Cornell University;
    competed on USTA and ITF professional circuit;
    studied under Lluis Bruguera (former Spanish Davis Cup coach), Pato Alvarez (former top 10 player and Spanish coach) and Gilad Bloom (former Israeli ATP player and elite junior coach)

    Chris Lewit, certified USTA High Performance Coach, presents a video packed with skills and drills designed to help athletes learn the difficult kick serve. Coach Lewit's three keys to a successful kick serve are the angle, height and spin sound generated by the player. Through a series of three individual lessons, you'll see how Coach Lewit teaches this technique to his athletes, transitioning from a beginning-level player who's never done a kick serve before, to an experienced player that only needs to fine tune the details.

    Lesson 1: Starting the Kick Serve

    For a beginning player, Coach Lewit begins by moving the athlete closer to the net for the Mini Tennis Serve drill. One of the first points instructed is the importance of tossing the ball slightly to the left (for a right hander), which will put it into the correct spot needed for solid contact.

    A challenge for beginning kick servers is learning not to slice. Spin should be put on the ball, but it should be primarily downward, not to the side. Key aspects of the serve include extending the tricep on contact, turning the shoulders and keeping an exaggerated sideways position. Coach Lewit believes that if the player is struggling with the full motion, then breaking the serve down into different steps can help them learn more effectively.

    Lesson 2: Technique

    Once players have graduated from the beginning phase, then you can begin to teach them more advanced techniques. In this lesson, Coach Lewit teaches an athlete how to add more height to the serve by changing the racket face angle and pushing up more on the contact with the ball. He also goes over how staying sideways can help create the proper angle and maximize spin.

    Keeping the lower back straight when executing the kick serve is necessary to prevent a stress injury. Coach Lewit explains how to keep the lower back straight while bending the neck and pushing out the chest to create a slight curve in the upper back. The resulting body position is perfect for players as they execute the kick serve.

    Lesson 3: Fine Tuning the Serve

    The final phase of the kick serve is working on the small details that can be the difference between a good and great serve. In this lesson, Coach Lewit reinforces keeping an L shape with the elbow on the toss in addition to keeping the head up on the serve. When athletes are consistently hitting good kick serves, Coach Lewit has them begin to work on a "surprise serve" to break out when their opponent begins to cheat too far to one side.

    The instruction in this video is perfect for beginning, intermediate or advanced athletes. Coach Lewit's skills and drills are sure to help you or your players improve the kick serve.

    84 minutes. 2016.


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    with Chris Lewit, certified USTA High Performance Coach;
    former nationally ranked junior and #1 player at Cornell University;
    competed on USTA and ITF professional circuit;
    studied under Lluis Bruguera (former Spanish Davis Cup coach), Pato Alvarez (former top 10 player and Spanish coach) and Gilad Bloom (former Israeli ATP player and elite junior coach)

    Certified USTA High Performance Coach and former nationally ranked junior player, Chris Lewit, considers the serve to be the most difficult shot to teach in the game of tennis. Despite the degree of difficulty, Coach Lewit has become a master at instructing the serve, and has included the important concepts, technical aspects and myth busting you need to become a great server in this video. You'll learn Coach Lewit's four favorite drills for teaching the serve in addition to seeing them put into action during two live serving lessons.

    Technical Reference Points and Drills

    To perfect the serve, you must first understand the mechanics that are behind it. Coach Lewit breaks down the stance and grip that are commonly used, and points out the "L shape" position that players need to be in after they've tossed the ball. Every phase of the serve is covered step-by-step, from the initial stance to the landing after hitting the ball, to ensure that athletes can pinpoint which steps they need to work on to make improvements.

    Once every step has been explained, Coach Lewit goes into his four favorite drills for developing the serve: the L Shape Drill, the 5-5-5 Drill, Toss & Check and Jumping Drills. The drills will help you or your athletes improve muscle memory, rhythm of the toss, movement without the ball, balance, coordination, stability and body awareness.

    Serve Lessons

    Coach Lewit instructs a young boy and a young girl through two separate individual serving lessons. In the first lesson, the player works on driving the back leg and landing after the serve. The second lesson focuses on loading the back leg and trying to get full body extension so that more power can be produced.

    No matter what level of athlete he's coaching, Coach Lewit believes in refining the technique until it's as perfect as possible. By introducing simple methods and exercises and treating the serve as a biomechanical movement, you'll quickly be able to teach your students to serve well.

    This video is a great resource for a coach or athlete who wants to learn every step of the serve. Coach Lewit's instruction is easy to follow and perfect for all skill levels.

    58 minutes. 2016.


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    with Chris Lewit, certified USTA High Performance Coach;
    former nationally ranked junior and #1 player at Cornell University;
    competed on USTA and ITF professional circuit;
    studied under Lluis Bruguera (former Spanish Davis Cup coach), Pato Alvarez (former top 10 player and Spanish coach) and Gilad Bloom (former Israeli ATP player and elite junior coach)

    Eight years spent traveling and studying tennis instructors in Spain has left Chris Lewit with a wealth of coaching knowledge that he's eager to share. In this video, the certified USTA High Performance Coach explains the philosophies and terminologies that Spanish coaches use to train the footwork of their tennis players. You'll also get drills used by Spanish coaches designed to create world-class tennis players. Once you've seen and heard how footwork is taught in Spain, you'll know why the country produces so many elite players!

    Philosophies and Terminology

    Coach Lewit discusses the different terms and theories that he's learned from observing some of Spain's best tennis coaches. You'll learn about receiving and sending the ball, what the "support system" is, as well as how the Spanish train balance, footwork, agility and more!

    In Spain, footwork is integrated while working on the rest of the body and is rarely isolated. Coach Lewit debunks the myth that Spanish teachings focus on the open stance. Instead, he explains that a closed stance is more common. Coach Lewit has learned that Spanish players are taught to "suffer," or in other words, run and try to hit every ball. Getting behind the ball (getting the body set up to hit) is stressed, making it crucial that players sprint to receive every shot.

    Drills

    Coach Lewit includes nine of the most common footwork drills that he's seen used by Spanish tennis coaches. Many of the drills force players to move all over the court, improving their conditioning while working on making solid contact with the ball. Being set for every shot and "suffering" in every drill will train your players to dig deep and play at their maximum level on the court.

    Resistance belts are introduced for advanced players who have worked a lot on their movement and need an additional challenge. Coach Lewit warns against using bands that are too heavy for younger players, as they'll only hurt the athlete's ability to learn the proper technique. When used properly, these drills will improve the quickness, agility, reaction time and coordination of your players.

    Coach Lewit's instruction is both clear and informative. If you or the athletes you coach are looking to improve your footwork and have it mirror some of the best Spanish players in the world, then this is the video for you.

    68 minutes. 2016.


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    with Chris Lewit, certified USTA High Performance Coach;
    former nationally ranked junior and #1 player at Cornell University;
    competed on USTA and ITF professional circuit;
    studied under Lluis Bruguera (former Spanish Davis Cup coach), Pato Alvarez (former top 10 player and Spanish coach) and Gilad Bloom (former Israeli ATP player and elite junior coach)

    Spanish players are known worldwide for hitting a powerful ball, and a large part of that stems from the way Spanish instructors have coached athletes for many decades. Chris Lewit, certified USTA High Performance Coach, has spent time traveling all over Spain to observe how Spanish coaches teach the techniques, theory and exercises that go into a forehand. Now, Coach Lewit is here to pass his knowledge on to you, so you or your pupils can hit forehands the Spanish way.

    Drills

    Coach Lewit includes six drills that will help you perfect the Spanish forehand: the Racket Acceleration Drill, the Front Racket Speed Drill, the Advanced Acceleration Drill, the Alternating Sides Acceleration Drill, the Low Ball Drill and the Swinging Volley Drill.

    The Racket Acceleration Drill is designed to help players accelerate and work the ball as deep as possible to their target. You'll see how keeping a solid base and firing your hip can help the ball jump off your racket and cause problems for your opponent.

    As Coach Lewit runs through the steps behind each drill, he also presents common technique mistakes that players make while practicing each shot. An example of this is having the ball drop short while working on racket speed. It's important to hit the ball with great depth on every forehand to make it more difficult for your opponent to complete a return.

    Forehand Lessons

    Two forehand lessons are included in the second half of the video. The first lesson is with a more experienced player, while the second lesson features a younger, intermediate-level athlete.

    In each lesson, Coach Lewit works to analyze where the player's forehand is at. Once he's determined what the athlete needs to work on, he begins to incorporate any of the previous six drills that will help the player improve. Posture, balance, stability, level changing, hitting for depth and spin generation are among the skills taught by Coach Lewit in these lessons.

    Everything you need to know about the Spanish forehand is included in this video. This is a great resource for both coaches and players who desire to add some tenacity to their forehand.

    63 minutes. 2016.


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    TND-04927A: with Chris Lewit, certified USTA High Performance Coach;
    former nationally ranked junior and #1 player at Cornell University;
    competed on USTA and ITF professional circuit;
    studied under Lluis Bruguera (former Spanish Davis Cup coach), Pato Alvarez (former top 10 player and Spanish coach) and Gilad Bloom (former Israeli ATP player and elite junior coach)

    Certified USTA High Performance Coach and former nationally ranked junior player, Chris Lewit, considers the serve to be the most difficult shot to teach in the game of tennis. Despite the degree of difficulty, Coach Lewit has become a master at instructing the serve, and has included the important concepts, technical aspects and myth busting you need to become a great server in this video. You'll learn Coach Lewit's four favorite drills for teaching the serve in addition to seeing them put into action during two live serving lessons.

    Technical Reference Points and Drills

    To perfect the serve, you must first understand the mechanics that are behind it. Coach Lewit breaks down the stance and grip that are commonly used, and points out the "L shape" position that players need to be in after they've tossed the ball. Every phase of the serve is covered step-by-step, from the initial stance to the landing after hitting the ball, to ensure that athletes can pinpoint which steps they need to work on to make improvements.

    Once every step has been explained, Coach Lewit goes into his four favorite drills for developing the serve: the L Shape Drill, the 5-5-5 Drill, Toss & Check and Jumping Drills. The drills will help you or your athletes improve muscle memory, rhythm of the toss, movement without the ball, balance, coordination, stability and body awareness.

    Serve Lessons

    Coach Lewit instructs a young boy and a young girl through two separate individual serving lessons. In the first lesson, the player works on driving the back leg and landing after the serve. The second lesson focuses on loading the back leg and trying to get full body extension so that more power can be produced.

    No matter what level of athlete he's coaching, Coach Lewit believes in refining the technique until it's as perfect as possible. By introducing simple methods and exercises and treating the serve as a biomechanical movement, you'll quickly be able to teach your students to serve well.

    This video is a great resource for a coach or athlete who wants to learn every step of the serve. Coach Lewit's instruction is easy to follow and perfect for all skill levels.

    58 minutes. 2016.



    TND-04927B: with Chris Lewit, certified USTA High Performance Coach;
    former nationally ranked junior and #1 player at Cornell University;
    competed on USTA and ITF professional circuit;
    studied under Lluis Bruguera (former Spanish Davis Cup coach), Pato Alvarez (former top 10 player and Spanish coach) and Gilad Bloom (former Israeli ATP player and elite junior coach)

    Chris Lewit, certified USTA High Performance Coach, presents a video packed with skills and drills designed to help athletes learn the difficult kick serve. Coach Lewit's three keys to a successful kick serve are the angle, height and spin sound generated by the player. Through a series of three individual lessons, you'll see how Coach Lewit teaches this technique to his athletes, transitioning from a beginning-level player who's never done a kick serve before, to an experienced player that only needs to fine tune the details.

    Lesson 1: Starting the Kick Serve

    For a beginning player, Coach Lewit begins by moving the athlete closer to the net for the Mini Tennis Serve drill. One of the first points instructed is the importance of tossing the ball slightly to the left (for a right hander), which will put it into the correct spot needed for solid contact.

    A challenge for beginning kick servers is learning not to slice. Spin should be put on the ball, but it should be primarily downward, not to the side. Key aspects of the serve include extending the tricep on contact, turning the shoulders and keeping an exaggerated sideways position. Coach Lewit believes that if the player is struggling with the full motion, then breaking the serve down into different steps can help them learn more effectively.

    Lesson 2: Technique

    Once players have graduated from the beginning phase, then you can begin to teach them more advanced techniques. In this lesson, Coach Lewit teaches an athlete how to add more height to the serve by changing the racket face angle and pushing up more on the contact with the ball. He also goes over how staying sideways can help create the proper angle and maximize spin.

    Keeping the lower back straight when executing the kick serve is necessary to prevent a stress injury. Coach Lewit explains how to keep the lower back straight while bending the neck and pushing out the chest to create a slight curve in the upper back. The resulting body position is perfect for players as they execute the kick serve.

    Lesson 3: Fine Tuning the Serve

    The final phase of the kick serve is working on the small details that can be the difference between a good and great serve. In this lesson, Coach Lewit reinforces keeping an L shape with the elbow on the toss in addition to keeping the head up on the serve. When athletes are consistently hitting good kick serves, Coach Lewit has them begin to work on a "surprise serve" to break out when their opponent begins to cheat too far to one side.

    The instruction in this video is perfect for beginning, intermediate or advanced athletes. Coach Lewit's skills and drills are sure to help you or your players improve the kick serve.

    84 minutes. 2016.



    TND-04927C: with Chris Lewit, certified USTA High Performance Coach;
    former nationally ranked junior and #1 player at Cornell University;
    competed on USTA and ITF professional circuit;
    studied under Lluis Bruguera (former Spanish Davis Cup coach), Pato Alvarez (former top 10 player and Spanish coach) and Gilad Bloom (former Israeli ATP player and elite junior coach)

    Eight years spent traveling and studying tennis instructors in Spain has left Chris Lewit with a wealth of coaching knowledge that he's eager to share. In this video, the certified USTA High Performance Coach explains the philosophies and terminologies that Spanish coaches use to train the footwork of their tennis players. You'll also get drills used by Spanish coaches designed to create world-class tennis players. Once you've seen and heard how footwork is taught in Spain, you'll know why the country produces so many elite players!

    Philosophies and Terminology

    Coach Lewit discusses the different terms and theories that he's learned from observing some of Spain's best tennis coaches. You'll learn about receiving and sending the ball, what the "support system" is, as well as how the Spanish train balance, footwork, agility and more!

    In Spain, footwork is integrated while working on the rest of the body and is rarely isolated. Coach Lewit debunks the myth that Spanish teachings focus on the open stance. Instead, he explains that a closed stance is more common. Coach Lewit has learned that Spanish players are taught to "suffer," or in other words, run and try to hit every ball. Getting behind the ball (getting the body set up to hit) is stressed, making it crucial that players sprint to receive every shot.

    Drills

    Coach Lewit includes nine of the most common footwork drills that he's seen used by Spanish tennis coaches. Many of the drills force players to move all over the court, improving their conditioning while working on making solid contact with the ball. Being set for every shot and "suffering" in every drill will train your players to dig deep and play at their maximum level on the court.

    Resistance belts are introduced for advanced players who have worked a lot on their movement and need an additional challenge. Coach Lewit warns against using bands that are too heavy for younger players, as they'll only hurt the athlete's ability to learn the proper technique. When used properly, these drills will improve the quickness, agility, reaction time and coordination of your players.

    Coach Lewit's instruction is both clear and informative. If you or the athletes you coach are looking to improve your footwork and have it mirror some of the best Spanish players in the world, then this is the video for you.

    68 minutes. 2016.



    TND-04927D: with Chris Lewit, certified USTA High Performance Coach;
    former nationally ranked junior and #1 player at Cornell University;
    competed on USTA and ITF professional circuit;
    studied under Lluis Bruguera (former Spanish Davis Cup coach), Pato Alvarez (former top 10 player and Spanish coach) and Gilad Bloom (former Israeli ATP player and elite junior coach)

    Spanish players are known worldwide for hitting a powerful ball, and a large part of that stems from the way Spanish instructors have coached athletes for many decades. Chris Lewit, certified USTA High Performance Coach, has spent time traveling all over Spain to observe how Spanish coaches teach the techniques, theory and exercises that go into a forehand. Now, Coach Lewit is here to pass his knowledge on to you, so you or your pupils can hit forehands the Spanish way.

    Drills

    Coach Lewit includes six drills that will help you perfect the Spanish forehand: the Racket Acceleration Drill, the Front Racket Speed Drill, the Advanced Acceleration Drill, the Alternating Sides Acceleration Drill, the Low Ball Drill and the Swinging Volley Drill.

    The Racket Acceleration Drill is designed to help players accelerate and work the ball as deep as possible to their target. You'll see how keeping a solid base and firing your hip can help the ball jump off your racket and cause problems for your opponent.

    As Coach Lewit runs through the steps behind each drill, he also presents common technique mistakes that players make while practicing each shot. An example of this is having the ball drop short while working on racket speed. It's important to hit the ball with great depth on every forehand to make it more difficult for your opponent to complete a return.

    Forehand Lessons

    Two forehand lessons are included in the second half of the video. The first lesson is with a more experienced player, while the second lesson features a younger, intermediate-level athlete.

    In each lesson, Coach Lewit works to analyze where the player's forehand is at. Once he's determined what the athlete needs to work on, he begins to incorporate any of the previous six drills that will help the player improve. Posture, balance, stability, level changing, hitting for depth and spin generation are among the skills taught by Coach Lewit in these lessons.

    Everything you need to know about the Spanish forehand is included in this video. This is a great resource for both coaches and players who desire to add some tenacity to their forehand.

    63 minutes. 2016.




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