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[tennisbiz] Re: Topspin volley

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Date: Sun 3 Mar 2002 19:24:12 EST

Sitting on the sidelines I have thoroughly enjoyed comments on the TSV.
As a continuing student of the game I must kick in my "two" cents.
First, according to the USA TENNIS statistics, what is the most important
reason both boys and girls play school sports. Well, to have fun. Will
knowing how to hit and being able to hit a TSV increase fun. Well, I think it
Second, remember what Vic Braden says at his camps. He reminds us why we
remember our winners, why we remember our great shots. We remember them
because we hit so few of them. Will hitting a great TSV increase our love of
the game? Maybe. If we hit a good one it just might.
Third, golf is the most popular sport people travel to resorts to play. Most
go to try new courses. When golfers travel they have nine irons, four or five
woods and numerous specialty clubs. Tennis players have one racquet. Golfers
may use any club for almost any shot. Tennis players still have but one
racquet. Is it not a good idea to have players learn within the constraints
of individual physical limits how to hit any and all shots? Is it reckless to
teach a shot simply because it isn't used much? or is impractical? Or has a
narrow margin for success? I don't think so.
Finally, the physical boundaries of the court, the angles on the court, the
rules of the game, the height of the net -- these things have changed little
since the spring of 1874 when Mary Outerbridge set up a court at the Staten
Island Cricket and Base Ball Club. Teaching new things to allow for increased
enjoyment of our great game should be encouraged. Let us always remember why
children play sports. They play for fun.
For better tennis and more new tennis players,

Bill Thompson
Worldwide Intelligent Tennis Services ( WITS )
"In tennis as in life you must always keep your wits about you!"
20220 13th Ave NW
Shoreline, Washington 98177-2124
Phone: 206-542-2850

Received on Mon Mar 04 2002 - 09:50:53 CST

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