Three Situations: D.N.A.
One of the very first mental steps to playing smart tennis is to make the right decisions for different situations. D.N.A. (Defense, Neutral, Attack), understanding these decisions and which is the most appropriate shot for each situation is crucial. A player has to develop the instinct to understand and be disciplined when faced with the situation.
Ladder Drills for Footspeed
Footspeed is often overlooked in the umbrella term of Footwork but it's vital to allow your feet to move faster to give you better positioning and balance
Feeling & Flowing with your shots
Warming up in a slow, methodical and controlled way is often overlooked by many club/recreational players. Instead of hitting fast and going from 0 to 100 in a minute, spend a few minutes feeling the ball and flowing with your shots 💧
This exercise is a good warm up to relax and stay loose. When you do this, you are allowing the kinetic chain of energy to flow from your body to racquet to strings. All this together, gives you effortless power.
Footspeed and Coordination Driils
Under the umbrella term of footwork, footspeed and coordination plays a vital role in getting players to the ball faster and allowing them to get better balance and positioning to maintain form and technique.
Footspeed refers to how fast one can move their legs/feet on the court
Coordination refers to how quick the neuromuscular system (nervous system and muscles) can respond to allow one to move faster