Quantcast
nodot nodot
Tennis Warrior
December 2010 Article

Tennis Warrior Archive

Send a message to Tom

Get Tom Veneziano's book The Truth about Winning! at Amazon.com

Tennis Server
HOME PAGE

Do You Want To Be A Better Tennis Player?

Then Sign Up For A Free Subscription to the Tennis Server INTERACTIVE
E-mail Newsletter!

You will join 25,000 other subscribers in receiving news of updates to the Tennis Server along with monthly tennis tips from tennis pro Tom Veneziano that won't be found on the web site.
 
Best of all, it is free!

Player Profiles:
 
Top Pros (Women)
tennis ball Serena Williams
tennis ball Simona Halep
tennis ball Petra Kvitova
tennis ball Maria Sharapova
tennis ball Agnieszka Radwanska
tennis ball Na Li
tennis ball Eugenie Bouchard
tennis ball Angelique Kerber
tennis ball Caroline Wozniacki
tennis ball Ana Ivanovic
 ... more profiles
 
Top Pros (Men)
tennis ball Novak Djokovic
tennis ball Rafael Nadal
tennis ball Roger Federer
tennis ball Stanislas Wawrinka
tennis ball David Ferrer
tennis ball Milos Raonic
tennis ball Tomas Berdych
tennis ball Kei Nishikori
tennis ball Marin Cilic
tennis ball Grigor Dimitrov
 ... more profiles
 
Tennis Features Icon TENNIS FEATURES:

BETWEEN THE LINES - Ray Bowers takes an analytical and sometimes controversial look at the ATP/WTA professional tour.
 
PRO TENNIS SHOWCASE - Tennis match reports and photography from around the world.
 
TURBO TENNIS - Ron Waite turbocharges your tennis game with tennis tips, strategic considerations, training and practice regimens, and mental mindsets and exercises.
 
TENNIS ANYONE? - USPTA Pro John Mills' quick player tip.
 
WILD CARDS - Each month a guest column by a new writer.
 
TENNIS SET - Jani Macari Pallis, Ph.D. looks at tennis science, engineering and technology.
 
MORTAL TENNIS - Greg Moran's tennis archive on how regular humans can play better tennis.
 
MENTAL EQUIPMENT - Explore the mental side of the game with Dr. John Murray.
 
TENNIS WARRIOR - Tom Veneziano's Tennis Warrior archive.
 
HARDSCRABBLE SCRAMBLE - USPTA pro Mike Whittington's player tip archive.
 
TENNIS EQUIPMENT TIPS.

Tennis Community Icon TENNIS COMMUNITY:


Tennis Book, DVD, and Video Index
 
Tennis Server Match Reports
 
Editor's Letter
 
Become a Tennis Server Sponsor

Explore The Tennis Net Icon EXPLORE THE TENNIS NET:

Pro Tennis Calendar & Event Links
 
Tennis News and Live Tennis Scores
 
Tennis Links on the Web
 
nodot
Tennis Warrior Banner

Tom Veneziano's Tennis Warrior articles are archived onto the Web six months after they are first published in our free email newsletter, Tennis Server INTERACTIVE. You can receive Tom's most recent columns by subscribing to Tennis Server INTERACTIVE using the subscription box in the left side column of this page.

 
Green Dot
 
Tennis Warehouse Logo
 
Green Dot

 
nodot

 
The right coach for you!

Tom Veneziano Photo
Tom Veneziano

Many people have asked me, "How do I select a coach for my children or for myself?" They would like to know if any coaches in their area teach as I do. I answer the second question first by explaining that I do not know many coaches or their teaching styles. Since 99% of the pros from my area teach the complete opposite of my methods, I would assume the same is true throughout the country. That does not mean there are not excellent coaches around the country. On the contrary, there are many dedicated and knowledgeable tennis pros who have their own unique styles and preferences when they teach.
 
Let's say you are looking for a pro like myself, who teaches minimum technical skills and uses repetition to mold a stroke. The process I would go through is simple. You know the "K.I.S.S." principle: Keep It Simple, Stupid! The first thing I would do is watch some pros teach a few times. Look to see if that pro overdoes the technical instruction or feeds a lot of balls with minimum instruction. If you find one that appears compatible with what you are looking for, make an appointment for one lesson and see what you think.
 
If you have been playing for a while and your game is already developed, let the pro know you would like to enhance what you have without making major changes. But, if you would like to make some changes be prepared to work for months to develop the muscle sense for match play! No magical piece of technical information is going to just make it happen.
 
If you are a beginner, some technical information is fine, just make sure the pro does not overdo it. Personally if a pro consistently overemphasizes the technical I would begin looking for another pro. I would NOT teach the pro how to teach!!! I would just quietly move on.
 
To find a pro you could also ask for a referral from a friend. Make sure you ask a few questions about the pro. Often players think a good pro is one that can reel off an array of technical jargon. Because a pro can reel off a ton of technical stuff means one thing... they can reel off a ton of technical stuff! Application of that knowledge is a different story. You want a pro who can apply that knowledge without having to inundate you with technicalities.
 
In an article printed in USA Today, June 28, 2004, Andy Roddick spoke about his coach Brad Gilbert. I love what Roddick said. "One of the coolest things about working with Brad was he came in and he's like, 'Listen, we're going to simplify things.'" After working with Gilbert, Roddick's record in finals improved to 9-1 from 9-5. Roddick remarked, "It wasn't all this technical mumbo jumbo. He just made it very simple."
 
Technical mumbo jumbo!!! I wonder what he was referring too? :) Apparently other coaches had tried a few technical make-overs on Andy!
 
I must admit that I have taught in the past using many conventional methods. As I learned more and realized the errors of my ways, I molded into a different coach and created my own methods with a compatible philosophy.
 
One of the most important principles when teaching tennis is to NOT teach all players the same way. All players are different with different goals, different talent, different personalities and different levels of commitment. And if that's not enough, all players are at different stages. Some are beginners, some are in the building stage, some are advanced with a solid game and others are veterans at the game. All must be dealt with on the level they have reached. If a player is a beginner you cannot give him or her strategy like you would an advanced player with a solid game. If a player is in a building stage your focus in match play may be to just practice going for his or her shots, whereas if he or she were a veteran your focus may be to create pressure on his or her opponent.
 
When signing on with a new pro give him or her information that can help them develop a training plan designed specifically for your level and goals. Most pros will ask if there is anything in particular that you would like to achieve. This will give you the perfect opening to explain your situation. If the pro ignores all that you have said, be prepared, you are probably about to hear a bunch of TECHNICAL MUMBO JUMBO!!! :)
 

Green DotGreen DotGreen Dot

Tennis Warrior Archive

If you have not already signed up to receive our free e-mail newsletter Tennis Server INTERACTIVE, you can sign up here. You will receive notification each month of changes at the Tennis Server and news of new columns posted on our site.

This column is copyrighted by Tom Veneziano, all rights reserved.

Tom is a tennis pro teaching at the Piney Point Racquet Club in Houston, Texas. Tom has taught thousands of players to think like a pro with his Tennis Warrior System.

     

In Tom Veneziano's book "The Truth about Winning!", tennis players learn in a step-by-step fashion the thinking the pros have mastered to win! Tom takes you Step-by-step from basic mental toughness to advanced mental toughness. All skill levels can learn from this unique book from beginner to professional. No need to change your strokes just your thinking.

Audio CDs by Tom Veneziano:



 

nodot
nodot
Google
Web tennisserver.com
nodot nodot
The Tennis Server
Ticket Exchange

Your Source for tickets to professional tennis & golf events.
 
Chris Evert Pro-Celeb Tennis Classic 11/22-11/23
 
BNP Paribas Open Tickets Indian Wells CA 3/11-3/22
 
Miami Open Tennis Tickets Miami 3/23-4/5
 

 

Tennis MindGame

 
Popular Tennis books:
 
Smart Tennis by John Murray
 
Winning Ugly: Mental Warfare in Tennis-Lessons from a Master by Brad Gilbert, Steve Jamison
 
The Best Tennis of Your Life: 50 Mental Strategies for Fearless Performance by Jeff Greenwald
 
The Inner Game of Tennis by W. Timothy Gallwey
 
Most Recent Articles:
 
Tennis Warrior: In Tennis, Principle Trumps Emotion by Tom Veneziano.
 
September 2014 Tennis Anyone: Things To Do and Not To Do by John Mills.
 
September 2014 Turbo Tennis: The Only Thing You Have To Fear Is Fear Itself!!! by Ron Waite.
 
September 9, 2014 Between The Lines: Dissecting U.S. Open 2014 by Ray Bowers.
 
August 21, 2014 Between The Lines: Preview U.S. Open 2014 -- Focus Youth Brigade by Ray Bowers.
 
August 2014 Wild Cards: The Tennis Round Table: Interviews With Jim Courier, Todd Martin & Mark Philippoussis in Arizona by Vince Barr.
 
Tennis Warrior: The Little Tennis Girl Who Could by Tom Veneziano.
 
August 2014 Tennis Anyone: Try To See The Big Picture by John Mills.
 
August 2014 Turbo Tennis: My Most Useful 'Quick Fix' Tips!!! by Ron Waite.
 
May 2014 Wild Cards: Michael Chang Wins Cancer Treatment Centers of America Tennis Challenge in Arizona by Vince Barr.
 

 

 

 

 
 
Featured events in the Tennis Server Ticket Exchanges:
 
  Featured Tickets:
BNP Paribas Open Tickets Indian Wells CA Tennis Garden
Miami Open Tennis Tickets Miami Key Biscayne FL Crandon Park Center
 

  Featured Tickets:
Western & Southern Open Cincinnati Tennis Tickets Session 13 W&SFG Cincy Mason OH Lindner Family Center Financial Group Masters
Western & Southern Open Cincinnati Tennis Tickets Session 14 W&SFG Cincy Mason OH Lindner Family Center Financial Group Masters
Western & Southern Open Cincinnati Tennis Tickets Session 15 W&SFG Cincy Mason OH Lindner Family Center Financial Group Masters
Western & Southern Open Cincinnati Tennis Tickets Session 16 Finals W&SFG Cincy Mason OH Lindner Family Center Financial Group Masters

  Featured Tickets:
US Open Tennis Tickets Session 11 Third Round New York City NYC NY Flushing Meadows Corona
US Open Tennis Tickets Session 10 Men's Second Round Women's Third Round New York City NYC NY Flushing Meadows Corona
US Open Tennis Tickets Session 9 Men's Second Round Women's Third Round New York City NYC NY Flushing Meadows Corona
US Open Tennis Tickets Session 8 Second Round New York City NYC NY Flushing Meadows Corona

  Featured Tickets:
Sony Open Tennis Session 13 Tickets Miami Men's Singles 3rd Round Women's Singles 4th Round Key Biscayne FL Crandon Park Center
Sony Open Tennis Session 14 Tickets Miami Men's Singles 3rd Round Women's Singles 4th Round Key Biscayne FL Crandon Park Center
Sony Open Tennis Session 15 Tickets Miami Men's Singles 4th Round Women's Singles Quarterfinals Key Biscayne FL Crandon Park Center
Sony Open Tennis Session 16 Tickets Miami Men's Singles 4th Round Women's Singles Quarterfinals Key Biscayne FL Crandon Park Center

  Featured Tickets:
Sony Open Tennis Session 21 Tickets Miami Men's Singles Semifinals Women's Doubles Semifinals Key Biscayne FL Crandon Park Center
Sony Open Tennis Session 22 Tickets Miami Men's Singles Semifinals Women's Doubles Semifinals Key Biscayne FL Crandon Park Center
Sony Open Tennis Session 23 Tickets Miami Woman's Singles Final Men's Doubles Final Key Biscayne FL Crandon Park Center
Sony Open Tennis Session 24 Tickets Miami Men's Singles Final Women's Doubles Final Key Biscayne FL Crandon Park Center
Great American Beer Festival Tickets Denver CO Colorado Convention Center

 
 
"Tennis Server" is a registered trademark and "Tennis Server INTERACTIVE" is a trademark of Tennis Server. All original material and graphics on the Tennis Server are copyrighted 1994 - by Tennis Server and its sponsors and contributors. Please do not reproduce without permission.

 

Tennis Server
Cliff Kurtzman
Editor-in-chief
2323 Clear Lake City Boulevard
Suite 180-139
Houston, Texas 77062-8120
Phone: (281) 480-6300
Fax: (281) 480-7715
Online Contact Form
How to support Tennis Server as a Sponsor/Advertiser
Tennis Server Privacy Policy