Saturday, January 24, 2015

Whatcha Lookin' At?

The Australian Open is on!

Finally after such a long drought of tennis on TV, we finally get to see some tennis in action.

Watching some good tennis for awhile always makes me want to get out and play, and when I do I always feel like I play better!  I hope all of you get a chance to watch some of the Open I know there will be some awesome tennis. Click here for TV schedule.

Another great thing about having some tennis on TV is not only do we get the chance to see some great tennis, it is also a great opportunity for us to learn as well!  Watch the matches, and watch the players play.

If you are taking lessons, watch the pros and see if what they do confirms what you are learning or trying to accomplish. Some of you might be thinking "that's all well and good, but I can't hit a forehand like (insert any professional tennis players' name here)!"  My answer is, "Well, you can watch the ball, or follow through, or split step, or move your feet, or have a strategy can't you?"    

Watching the pros play can prove invaluable to your own tennis.  Here are a couple of tips while you watch:
  • As you get involved in the match and the ball flying back and forth, take certain moments as you are viewing to watch with a purpose.
  • Try watching just one of the players for a game.  Don't watch the ball, just watch him/her move and hit.  Look at their footwork, their split steps, watch their eyes, watch their body rotation, racket preparation and follow through.
  • Then, try watching the match as usual but, pay attention to strategic patterns. Ask yourself as you watch a good rally, what are they trying to do?  What is their style of play? Why did they lose or win that point, that game, the match?
  • Afterwards, try to incorporate the good things, into your own game and see yourself get better.
So, when you're watching tennis for the next several days, ask yourself, "What am I looking at?"

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