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Developing a Winners Mentality

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Developing a Winners Mentality

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Which Is The Best Footwork Pattern?
By: Ian Westermann - 30 March 2015 - 0 Comments

Many teaching pros are die-hard supporters of a specific footwork pattern, but which one is best? Step in… Step across… Open stance? In this video I’ll show you which one to use — and [...]

How To Control Groundstroke Depth
By: Ian Westermann - 30 March 2015 - 0 Comments

Deep groundstrokes are a valuable weapon to have in your arsenal… But only if you can pull them off with some level of consistency! Here is my favorite drill for improving deep groundstroke consistency [...]

How Deep Should You Aim Groundstrokes?
By: Ian Westermann - 19 March 2015 - 0 Comments

Hitting deep groundstrokes plays a key part in keeping your opponent pinned back and in a defensive position. But how deep should you aim? Too deep, and you risk hitting out; too shallow, and [...]

How To Hit A Tweener!
By: Ian Westermann - 13 March 2015 - 5 Comments

We’ve all seen the pros hit a tweener, and anyone who has attempted to knows it’s more difficult than it looks. While it’s hardly an essential technique, it’s a lot of fun and every [...]

Toss Locations For Different Serves
By: Ian Westermann - 06 March 2015 - 12 Comments

Players are constantly asking me how they should change their toss location based on what type of serve they hit. There’s no doubt about it – whether you’re hitting flat, slice or kick absolutely [...]

Creating Drive with an Extreme Grip
By: Ian Westermann - 03 March 2015 - 19 Comments

Do you struggle hitting drive with a western or semi-western grip on your forehand side? Creating a strong, penetrating shot with a western grip IS possible, but you must first understand the different forces [...]

Ultimate Groundstroke Power Drill
By: Ian Westermann - 01 March 2015 - 59 Comments

The vast majority of tennis players simply don’t get the as much out of their groundstrokes as they put into them. Why? They don’t use their body effectively or efficiently. Today’s video tennis lesson [...]

Hate Getting Passed In Singles?
By: Ian Westermann - 27 February 2015 - 20 Comments

Nothing is more frustrating than coming up to the net in singles to try and pressure your opponent only to be cleanly passed over and over again! In my experience this happens for a [...]

3 Return of Serve Techniques
By: Ian Westermann - 05 February 2015 - 34 Comments

In today’s video lesson I’m going to show you three different techniques to use in different situations for the return of serve. It’s vital to your success on the court that you adjust your [...]

How To Watch The Ball
By: Ian Westermann - 02 February 2015 - 25 Comments

Here’s a link to the first video that I referenced above: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eW_iHszB1Ck Nothing could possibly be more important than watching the ball effectively. After all, even with perfect swing technique if you don’t hit the [...]