Kids have the opportunity to improve and learn new skills by taking these classes at home. Since they are not worrying about winning, or where their ball is going, they have the opportunity to focus on their technique and develop professional quality muscle memory. Laura also teaches visualization and how to strategize through point patterns and focuses on building hand-eye, leg strength and physical fitness. Most professional players grew up practicing many of these same skills. We recommend completing the classes in order and taking them from start to finish to build endurance and maximize the benefit. We hope that when our participants return to the courts, they will continue to play with proper form and notice a huge improvement with the way they play the game, cover the court, plan out points and strike the ball. Every skill we work on is designed to improve how they play on the court.
1st Story: I am not sure if you have heard of Victoria Azarenka. She was the #1 professional female tennis player in the world and her ranking fell to about 20. She was having lots of trouble with her serve being unreliable and causing her to lose a lot of points at that time. After about 6 months she came back to the tour and rose to #1 again as her serve had improved tremendously/. The commentators asked her what she did to improve her serve and she said she went home and practiced her ball toss. This is a skill we are working on in each class. Although your child can’t serve a live ball right now, they are developing the skills needed to serve well and consistently.
2nd Story: Nolan Ryan (considered one of the best pitchers ever) was asked how do you consistently pitch so well? How do you prepare? He said he uses a technique called Visualization. This is another skill we work on a lot that it used by almost all elite athletes. I am confident that your child can learn and utilize visualization to improve their tennis.
3rd Story: An Olympic diver sprained their ankle 2 weeks before the Olympics and could not practice their dives in a pool. Instead they spent 15 minutes each day visualizing every element of delivering perfect dives. Without any live practice in a pool for 2 weeks they entered the Olympics and scored all perfect 10’s and won the gold medal. Again this came through practicing at home with visualization and not in a pool. Visualization is so important and I am glad to have this time to teach this amazing skill to your child. Visualization can be utilized to practice any important skill throughout their lifetime. The mind really does train the body and this has been scientifically proven. (I actually tell this story in one of the classes)
Final Story: I had just quit playing on the circuit and gave private lessons to adults in Marina Del Rey for about 6 months at the Marina City Club. I was giving one adult lessons who was in his 60’s and not very coordinated and moderately skilled. He came to me and wanted to beat a friend who beat him each week 6-0. So I told him it would take too much time to change the muscle memory of his strokes. I would just teach him where to hit the ball and how to think on the court. We specifically worked on point patterns and understanding where to place the ball while playing a point. He played with me twice a week for 6 weeks. After 6 weeks he could beat his friend 6-0. Learning the strategy of tennis will elevate any players game. As the classes advance, I work with the kids on the mental game and teach them how to think on the court. This skill is invaluable.
We recommend that kids take these classes either in an empty garage; in a room with hardwood or tile floor; or outside in a front or backyard. You do not need a tennis net or court for the tennis class. Each child will need a tennis racket, hand towel and 6 tennis balls. Class fee is $18 per class and includes unlimited downloads.
Beginners & Novice players should start with class 1. Intermediate & Tournament players should start with class 3.
Tennis Lesson #1
Tennis Lesson #2
Tennis Lesson #3
Tennis Lesson #4
Today’s focus: Visualization and Endurance
Tennis Lesson #5
Today’s focus: Building Muscle Memory (establishing professional quality habits) + fitness, concentration & footwork. Focus on playing with proper form.
Tennis Lesson #6
Today’s focus: Importance of being fit and developing strong leg muscles + toe-raises + squats and bending low incorporated into all activities.
Tennis Lesson #7
Tennis Lesson #8
Today’s Focus: Staying focussed on the ball while moving and strategizing. Learning to do several things at once while staying focussed. Continuing to build professional quality muscle memory; leg strength, agility, concentration and mental game.
Tennis Lesson #9
Today’s Focus: Endurance and staying focussed on the ball while moving and strategizing. Practicing several things at once while staying focussed. Continuing to build professional quality muscle memory; leg strength, agility, concentration and mental game. Adding weapons to your game!