I've been playing or coaching tennis for nearly 20 years. I competed at a national level as a junior. I played on the varsity squad at Emory University for 4 years. I currently coach at Ace Tennis Academy in Norcross, GA. My goal is to help as many people as possible reach their potential in tennis.
I've spent a great deal of time learning the principles and fundamentals of the game as well as helping players apply those fundamentals. And I know that I can help you become a better player.
Watching my players grow, both in tennis and mentality. I emphasize stroke technique, but it takes focus and discipline to master that technique.
Seeing my students start to put it all together and get the results from their work is a big part of why I do this.
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Grips. Stances. Strokes. Shots. And Tactics.
Making sure the grips are in a good place is the first thing I address. Sometimes grip changes aren't possible, but I'll do what I can depending on the individual to get them in a good place.
Then with the right grips I will teach you how to move around the court. I'm sure some of you are familiar with the terms "open stance" and "closed stance." I'll teach you all of the stances and footwork patterns so that you can move smoothly around the court.
Then I will train in the movement so that it is second nature. If you are going to have smooth strokes, you need smooth footwork first.
Then with the grips and stances in place, I can start to address the stroke technique. I'll help you smooth out your strokes so that you can hit the ball cleanly and accurately.
Tennis technique is not as complicated as many people would lead you to believe. You just need the right principles in place.
As you start to develop a comfort level with the strokes, I will transition into working on various shots: midcourt ball, first volley, out wide, inside, down the line, etc. I will teach you how to use your strokes to your advantage.
Then as your game progresses, and you develop certain shots, you will invariably develop tendencies, or shots that you really like. It is at this point that we can start to develop strategies and tactics around your favorite shots.
This is the developmental process. Sometimes we can get through certain phases quickly, while sometimes it may take months to get through a phase. It just depends on the individual.
But proper development is key to building a sound game that will allow you play tennis well and smoothly for the rest of your life. If tennis is something that you would like to be able to do well, then I suggest giving me a call ;)
Years of playing and coaching the game at a high level.
I charge $60/hr.
I got started with tennis coaching because it's something I really enjoy. I coached some while I was in college and still playing just to pick up some cash, and I think I just got hooked. Watching students' games grow and helping them reach their potential is something that really motivates me. Once I get into a lesson, it becomes about how I can leverage the next hour or so to get the very most out of my students. I love the process of learning how best to teach and train the game's principles.
I have worked with a wide range of students, from beginner kids and adults to seasoned veterans looking to fine tune something in their game to advanced, competitive juniors looking to play college tennis.
The commonality with the players I work with is that they all care about improving their game. I'm going to teach you tennis, all of the strokes, ideas, shots, and tactics.