[tennisbiz] Re: Foam/Soft Tennis Balls
A couple of points on foam and slow-bouncing balls:
1. Many European countries have been using progressive balls (foam to
slow-bouncing felt to regular) for decades. There is no question that this
graduated method encourages control and participation. In addition to balls,
coaches of young children should also consider graduated racquets (including
Hand Racquets) which allow the students hand to actually fit inside the
racquet, encouraging much faster solid contact, in fact 300-400% improved
over conventional junior racquets for beginning young children. The reason
is that Hand Racquets overcome two main challenges faced by young beginning
players: Loose wrists and grip confusion. The wrist is held firm inside the
Hand Racquet and there is no grip at all. The result is a racquet angle that
reflects the open palm of the child --- automatically! Also, since the Hand
Racquets are made of dense foam, they are safer than normal metal junior
racquets (Justin case someone gets hits!). Incidentally, these racquets
require either a foam ball or slow-bouncing felt.
2. Hand Racquets are patented by an American teaching pro who runs the
tennis program at the American School in Mexico City. It is a great product
and very affordable. The international distributor is Oncourt Offcourt
3. Oncourt Offcourt also sells the best bouncing foam balls in the world in
two sizes: tennis-ball size and softball size.
4. Finally, Oncourt Offcourt has an agreement with Penn to sell the Penn
Stars by the dozen as well as by the case and is the only company to offer
smaller quantities to test the slow-bouncing felt balls out.
As always, I am sorry to have to be the one directly readers to my own
company for these products, but they are truly high-quality and we are the
only supplier of the above products as explained in the world. The costs are
very reasonable and they truly help young players learn faster - and that's
the name of the game! Happy holidays.
USPTA, USPTR, ITA
Received on Mon Dec 10 2001 - 03:00:36 CST