Howdy everyone, the name's indeed Adam Snow. My tennis background began early with my Dad, then Pro Brendan Sheehan at Westover Club in NW Austin. 2004-2008 I played Varsity for L.C Anderson High School. I actually began teaching my physics teacher during high school and then teaching kids onward. My methodology is simple: reward with praise, coach through frustration, & reinforce fundamentals Tennis can be frustrating, but it's actually fairly simple, there's just a few key factors you have to drill into one's mind to make it habit. Then through habit comes efficiency with consistency!
Seeing what I like to call "Clicks" happen. The face people make when something "Clicks" is simply priceless! Synonymous with the light bulb principle.
Adam is awesome with my son. He keeps the lessons positive and fun while still keeping him on task so that his skills are getting better each time. My son is always excited to go to tennis!
Adam is patient and makes tennis fun! My son doesn't even realize how much he's learning! Love it!
Coach Adam is a great tennis instructor! He is very chill and easy-going which is exactly what my child needs! He is teaching him tennis and boosting his confidence at the same time. He loves his lessons!
I played tennis with Adam as a teammate and doubles partner from 2005-2007. Since then we've been great friends and play tennis sporadically. Talk about someone with a lot of natural talent and an eye for hitting the right shot at the right time! This guy knows all of the strokes, which also means he can hit a one handed or a two handed back hand. I feel confident when I say that Adam is a great tennis player. As a tennis coach, I have witnessed Adam be very personable with his clients, working at their speed with lots of affirmation and an upbeat attitude. Highly recommend you give him a call!
I assess their level of knowledge. I ask them a few background questions regarding sports experience, how tennis works, familiarity with any techniques, and why they are interested in tennis. Then I'll simply toss them a few balls for a visual determination and begin a specific structure of drills tailored to their level.
I was an all around sports enthusiast playing basketball, baseball, and soccer. I used to help run a sports camp at Westover Club Inc. in Northwest Austin, as well as help with tennis clinics with Brendan Sheehan (the pro there). I have also coached personal lessons off and on since I was in high school. I have coached summer swim team with Sandy Nielson Bell (3 time olympic gold swimmer), as well as personal swim lessons for kiddos. I picked up yoga in the last few years and actually became a certified instructor for that too! However, tennis was the one that did stick with me the most.
Yes, normally I do 50$/hr lessons. $70/1.5hrs. If you can stand a 2hr, then it's $80! However, I do also do bulk monthly packages of 8 lessons for $300. 10 lessons for $350. Payment plans can be arranged based on your budget. This allows us to set up a variable schedule in advance. For tennis, ideally you're going to want to play at least once a week. If you are liking what's happening, then we can set an even larger custom deal!
Well it's funny, my mom suggested I do it for extra money in the Summer of 2006. So I took her up on it, turned out I loved it.
Adolescents, adults, and kids alike.
I'm very fond of seiing sudden moments of what I like to call "Clicks." Recently I have been coaching this 6th grader named Carter, he's a lefty. He's on about his 10th lesson and had no previous tennis experience. The other day, I witnessed him strike 5 hard, topspinny balls off my feeds. I swear a lesson or two before he still couldn't even handle normal feeding. Something had "Clicked" for him and he was much more sprightly and enthusiastic that day! He was actually having fun and smiled! In previous lessons, he would get real frustrated and quickly down on himself. This lesson was MUCH different. I love seeing those moments where kids get a strong sudden clarity, where something just "Clicks!"
Make sure you they are knowledgeable and have experience teaching and have a very positively reinforcing attitude. There are a lot of technicalities to this game that are easily overlooked. Ask them where and who they learned from. Did they learn from a professional? Tennis can be very frustrating, possibly one of the most frustrating sports in my opinion, it's important to know this going in, and a positive and knowledgeable coach is vital.
What kind of tennis racquet should I get? Why do I want to play? What are the benefits of tennis? How much should I practice? Are there any medical conditions my coach should be aware of? What do I want to get out of my tennis lessons - I.e. general improvement, weaknesses, strengths, specific areas to tweak, tournament/competition future? What can I do outside of my lessons for self improvement?