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A New Twist To Lessons

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Are you looking for that extra boost in your game but don't know what exactly has been failing you? You might consider a different type of lesson to find out where the problem could be.

Have a friend or your teaching professional video tape your swing. You can check out your technique on each of your shots and then go over them with your pro. Are you losing points because parts of your game are not fundamentally sound? Once you find your weaknesses as far as technique, you can focus more on these problems in your private lessons so that they become a good habit in match play.

Seeing yourself hit the ball on video is a great benefit in my opinion. Although you hear and read about the correct form, it can sometimes be difficult to visualize what you are actually doing. Video can point you in the right direction for finding your stroke weaknesses.

Another great way to learn more about your playing habits is to have a match charted. This way you will find patterns as to when and how you are losing and winning points. You will certainly improve by decreasing your number of unforced errors and having a match charted can show you where those unforced errors exist.

Having a match charted with also having the score kept can also show your mental strengths and weaknesses. You might find that you are winning more games as a receiver or have a tendency to play poorly on break points.

Both video and match charting can give you lots of information to steer your practices into a more productive direction. It is important to work on your weaknesses and using these tools and help you pinpoint where they really are.

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At the time at which he wrote this column, Mike Whittington was a USPTA pro in Fort Smith, Arkansas, where he served as director of tennis at the Hardscrabble Country Club.


 

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