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Developing a Winners Mentality

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Developing a Winners Mentality

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Tennis Elbow Causes – Podcast #234
By: Ian Westermann - 20 November 2014 - 0 Comments

What causes tennis elbow and why don’t professional players ever seen to get it! Find out in today’s podcast episode. [...]

No Strings Power Drill
By: Ian Westermann - 17 November 2014 - 12 Comments

In trying to create more power on their forehand or backhand most tennis players make the big mistake of try too hard. They try to swing hard which results in a lot of tension and tightness [...]

Crushing Annoying Players – Podcast #233
By: Ian Westermann - 13 November 2014 - 0 Comments

Learn how to crush annoying tennis players. Find out in today’s podcast episode. [...]

By: Elizabeth Eckhart - 10 November 2014 - 0 Comments

The Fed Cup, the national team competition in women’s tennis, has been taken home most often by our very own USA players (17 times). However, the USA’s last win was in 2000, and other [...]

Myth Busted – Racquet Head Up
By: Ian Westermann - 10 November 2014 - 55 Comments

I’ve heard coaches tell their students to keep their “racquet head up” on low volleys over and over again. Please don’t try to execute a low volley that way! The most important factor is [...]

Art of the Backspin Lob
By: Ian Westermann - 31 October 2014 - 23 Comments

Having a great defensive lob is crucial to your success on the court – especially if you play mostly doubles! In this video lesson I’ll show you the three most important things to have [...]

2015 Davis Cup Draw Announced as France and Switzerland Advance to 2014 Finals
By: Elizabeth Eckhart - 22 September 2014 - 1 Comment

The Davis Cup, a competition initially conceived by members of the Harvard University team wishing to challenge British players, was founded in 1899. Initially called the “International Lawn Tennis Challenge”, it expanded in 1905 [...]

Myth Busted – “Carve” For Slice
By: Ian Westermann - 11 September 2014 - 39 Comments

The phrase “carve the side of the ball” is constantly used to describe what should be done to create slice on a serve but it does NOT happen in reality! If people want to [...]

Winners Mentality Tennis: The Underdog Mindset
By: Pete - 08 September 2014 - 0 Comments

This is a guest post from Pete at Winners Mentality Tennis. Check out his website to learn more about improving your mental game to win more matches. For the first time since Marat Safin [...]

How to Crush Annoying Players
By: Ian Westermann - 08 September 2014 - 36 Comments

We’ve all dealt with opponents who celebrate after our mistakes, make terrible line calls or grunt loudly on every single shot. Annoying, obnoxious people are everywhere, not just on the tennis court, and its [...]

90 Second Shoulder Pain Solution
By: Ian Westermann - 29 August 2014 - 20 Comments

I’ve personally struggled with rotator cuff/shoulder pain throughout my competitive career and I know how frustrating it can be! The simple exercises demonstrated in the video above take only 90 seconds to complete and [...]

Pronate on ALL Serves
By: Ian Westermann - 25 August 2014 - 58 Comments

I’ve heard it suggested many times in many different places that pronation should not be used on all different types of serves. Today’s video lesson will demonstrate otherwise. I’m a strong believer that pronation [...]

Baseball Pitch vs Tennis Serve
By: Ian Westermann - 20 August 2014 - 40 Comments

Exactly how similar are a baseball pitch and a tennis serve? Find out in today’s video lesson! Tim Lincecum slow motion video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MVAjxBb6HLY Comments? Questions? Leave them down below. Thanks for watching! [...]

How to Prepare Mentally for an Important Match? –  Podcast #232
By: Ian Westermann - 19 August 2014 - 0 Comments

So how would you prepare yourself mentally for an important match? I’ll answer that question in today’s podcast episode. [...]

How Many Racquets Have I Broken? –  Podcast #231
By: Ian Westermann - 11 August 2014 - 1 Comment

So how many racquets have I smashed in my tennis career? I’ll answer that question in today’s podcast episode and will also give some advice on keeping tennis in perspective with the rest of [...]

The Upcoming Tennis US Open
By: Elizabeth Eckhart - 07 August 2014 - 0 Comments

The 2014 US Open tennis tournament is set to take place starting August 25 in New York. One of the most prestigious tournaments in the world, it’s also the last Grand Slam tournament of [...]

Ultimate Quickness Drill
By: Ian Westermann - 04 August 2014 - 10 Comments

The ability to read where the ball is and move to it with quickly is paramount to your success on the court! This is especially true in situations where you’re short on time like [...]

What Forehand Grip is Best – Podcast #230
By: Ian Westermann - 01 August 2014 - 1 Comment

What grip is best to use for your forehand groundstroke out on the tennis court? Eastern forehand? Semi-western? Full western? Find out in today’s podcast episode! [...]

3 Return of Serve Techniques
By: Ian Westermann - 28 July 2014 - 17 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 [...]

Groundstroke Accuracy Drill
By: Ian Westermann - 25 July 2014 - 32 Comments

In today’s lesson you’ll learn one of my all time favorite ways to improve forehand or backhand consistency and accuracy. The key is in not only having a target area and specific “perfect” target [...]