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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

NEW CONTENT OF NOTE: Help me celebrate 30,000 downloads

I would never have believed that something I had to say would be accepted and enjoyed by so many. 

Just  hit 30,000 Downloads!
We're growing FASTER each day. And I've only just begun!

These are exciting times. With the number of tennis web content available today, I thought my little site and podcast would disappear in the crowd. I WAS WRONG! And I am so glad I was.

I look forward to continuing to grow my audience as I work diligently to discover and apply new and greater ways  to help you with your tennis activity in life. Please drop me a line with what you like, or dislike, about this podcast and website. As always, with two ears and one mouth, I am listening.

Thank you so much for the support you have shown me. Much like the crowd at a tennis match, without YOU, none of this would be worth the effort.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Episode 70 (Podcast): Playing in Past, Present and Future Tense

Nothing like adding a little Language Arts to your tennis game. How well do you know your verb tenses, and in what ways can you apply that knowledge on a tennis court?

FAVORITE SITES: Timeless Tennis by Gary Bala

Posted: Sunday, May 22, 2011
Mapping: Tennis' Version of the Holographic Principle
The Holographic Principle is a scientific concept which has to do with information. It states that our entire observable universe consists essentially of information. More precisely, this concept suggests…read more

Friday, May 20, 2011

NEW CONTENT OF NOTE: Champions Tour 2011

Athletes to Compete for $1 Million Prize Pool in One-Night Shoot-Outs Played in 12 Cities Nationwide This Fall


The newly expanded and reformatted Champions Series will begin on September 22 at the Bank Atlantic Center in Fort Lauderdale, FL, taking the highly competitive tennis circuit to a total of 12 U.S. cities over a five week season through October 22.

In addition to Agassi, McEnroe, Sampras and Courier, the five-week tour, produced by legendary impresario Larry Magid, will feature fellow Grand Slam champions Michael Chang, Bjorn Borg and Mats Wilander.  The athletes will compete for a prize pool totaling $1 million to be shared by the top three finishers at the conclusion of the season.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Episode 69 (Podcast): Getting a QuickStart to tennis

How the USTA, using the QuickStart tennis format in 10-and-Under-Tennis, has created a revolution in youth tennis success.


Saturday, May 14, 2011

FAVORITE SITES: Timeless Tennis by Gary Bala

Posted: Saturday, May 14, 2011
Tennis Quote of the Day: Thierry Henry
"What I like most about tennis is the beauty. It is the art. The way the players move their feet...read more.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

REFLECTIONS...more than one swing, and fun

I know this is podcast worthy material, but I couldn't help but think this morning about the different kinds of swings required on a tennis court. Last night I played, broke yet another string, but more importantly thought about how my swing was affected by depth, spin, and height of the ball.

I remember mentioning to my partner about how, on an individual shot, I had used an offensive swing vs. a defensive one. In other words, when he pressed with a really hard and deep shot, I was attempting to hit back just as hard with added mustard. I know this is not the way to win a point, but I found myself doing it anyway.

Tennis really fun to play. And sometimes I will sacrifice what I know is right for what I know is fun. It is great to crank a ball back at warp 3 when taking one at warp 2. It is NOT the smartest shot, and the likelihood of errors if great. But how great does it feel to hit that shot for a winner–even if it is only one out of ten.

The bottom line is this: not every swing is the same, and not all balls should be hit with 100% power or full follow through. But have fun with it. Boring may win more points, and perhaps it can win even more matches. But it is still BORING. I will choose fun now and then...because it is, well, fun!

FAVORITE SITES: Timeless Tennis by Gary Bala

Posted: Sunday, May 1, 2011
Men's Tennis Legends
Here's a short video from Tennis Now TV, showcasing some the top tennis stars of the past on the mens' side.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Episode 68: Spring, the ATP, and red dirt

Understanding the ATP European clay court swing 2011

Note: my apologies for the undoubtedly bad pronunciations of Spanish, French, and Italian words in this podcast.  In retrospect, I probably should have taken some time to practice saying them.