Tennis Tip

On your serve keep your corrections simple. Think “hit up” and “snap down”. Keeping your swing fluid with good racquet head velocity, if you miss in to the net “hit up” and if you miss long “snap down”, this way you will be able to dial in your serve.

 

Coach Douglas Failla

Tennis Tip July-August 2014

On your forehand, think of coiling up like a snake. The better you twist your shoulders and torso before a shot, the more power that you will be able to produce.

One way to hep incorporate this into your forehand preparation is to lightly hold onto the throat of your racket with your left hand as you bring your racket back. This will ensure that both shoulders are coiled up before the shot.

 

 

Tennis Tip May-June 2014

4 Thing You Didn’t Know About….. SUNSCREEN

With summer approaching fast, it’s good to remember the immediate and long term benefits of sunscreen as well as getting ourselves to habitually put it on before each time we step out onto the court.

1) You Probably Need Another Coat. The general rule is a shot glass full for the whole body. Sunscreen ought to be re-applied every 90-120 minutes when swimming or during intense workouts.

2) SPF Isn’t Everything. The number gauges how well a sunscreen fends off UVB light – but not UVA rays. To ensure your formula protects against both, scan the label for the words “broad spectrum” and more than one of the following ingredients: avobenzone, mexoryl, titanium dioxide, or zinc oxide.

3) Sunscreen Weakens When Exposed To Heat and Light. Store it in a cool place, not in the trunk of your car. Get formulas with stabilizing ingredients, like Helioplex or Dermaplex.

4) You May Need to Wear it Underneath Your Clothes. The average white cotton T-shirt provides an SPF 10 or less. Be conscientious of how sensitive your skin is and what levels of sunscreen are needed and where it ought to be applied.

Happy practicing in these upcoming months and stay protected from the sun!

Tennis Tip May-June 2014

4 Thing You Didn’t Know About….. SUNSCREEN

With summer approaching fast, it’s good to remember the immediate and long term benefits of sunscreen as well as getting ourselves to habitually put it on before each time we step out onto the court.

1) You Probably Need Another Coat. The general rule is a shot glass full for the whole body. Sunscreen ought to be re-applied every 90-120 minutes when swimming or during intense workouts.

2) SPF Isn’t Everything. The number gauges how well a sunscreen fends off UVB light – but not UVA rays. To ensure your formula protects against both, scan the label for the words “broad spectrum” and more than one of the following ingredients: avobenzone, mexoryl, titanium dioxide, or zinc oxide.

3) Sunscreen Weakens When Exposed To Heat and Light. Store it in a cool place, not in the trunk of your car. Get formulas with stabilizing ingredients, like Helioplex or Dermaplex.

4) You May Need to Wear it Underneath Your Clothes. The average white cotton T-shirt provides an SPF 10 or less. Be conscientious of how sensitive your skin is and what levels of sunscreen are needed and where it ought to be applied.

Happy practicing in these upcoming months and stay protected from the sun!

Tennis Tip – March-April 2014

There are three different times to strike a tennis ball and each one will help you create the better shot that you are seeking:

The first is taking the ball on the rise.

This is the time you will generate the most power! We like to say “take it on the rise and give a surprise”

The second is taking the ball at it’s Apex (highest point).

This is the time you will gain the most control!

And lastly taking the ball as it is on it’s way down.

By doing this you will create the most top spin!

Next time you are out on the courts try each one of them out and let me know how it goes.

Dan Stablein

USPTA Elite Tennis Professional

USPTA Certification Tester San Diego/Southern California Divisions

Why Every Athlete Should Do Yoga

By Rich Roll

Just the other day I was having dinner with an old swimming buddy of mine, Mark Henderson, a former world record holder and Olympic Gold Medalist in the 4×100 Medley Relay at the Atlanta Games. In other words, a phenomenal athlete.

Sure, we talked about swimming. Then our conversation turned (quite unexpectedly) to yoga. Mark had begun practicing recently and was amazed by the results – increased strength, presence of mind and improved sleep, to name a few. The list goes on… Continue Reading