I was watching the tennis channel, when I saw a one-minute tip from world-renowned coach, Rick Macci. Rick Macci said that it is important to have continuous service motion. He then demonstrated a drill that I coach could use to aid someone in implementing a continuous motion for their serve. In this drill, the coach tossed the ball for the player while the player simply had to execute the service motion and connect with the ball. The concept in Macci’s teaching is that in order to implement a new way of striking the ball one must simplify the tasks that they need to do and eliminate having to the windup portion of the stroke. This way they can simply focus on the mechanics of the stroke. I was glad to see that someone shares my method of teaching. Whenever I want to teach any of my students how to stroke the ball in a new way, I always try to eliminate steps. For instance, a backhand volley is often difficult for people to master. A lot of people have difficulty training their body to use the back of their dominant hand when hitting a backhand volley, rather than utilizing the front of their hand or using their non -dominant hand. In order to condition people to use the back of their dominant hand, I have them start the drill holding the racquet the correct way and then all they need to do is push the racquet forward. They eliminate the step of moving from the ready position to the backhand volley position. By placing their hand into the correct position, they condition their muscle memory.
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