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Developing a Winners Mentality

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3 Return of Serve Techniques
By: Ian Westermann - 28 July 2014 - 12 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 - 30 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 [...]

Developing a Winners Mentality
By: Peter B - 10 July 2014 - 2 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.   Have you ever found yourself losing [...]

What Grip is Best for Topspin?
By: Ian Westermann - 08 July 2014 - 43 Comments

What grip is best for topspin on the forehand groundstroke? Find out what my thoughts are during today’s video tennis lesson. The above is somewhat of a trick question, especially since pro players make [...]

Short Term Sacrifice – Podcast #229
By: Ian Westermann - 06 July 2014 - 0 Comments

What should you say to somebody who doesn’t want to make a technique change because they’re afraid it will “make them worse” at first? Find out in today’s podcast episode! [...]

By: Elizabeth Eckhart - 02 July 2014 - 0 Comments

Beneath a steady strum of rain, the second week of wet Wimbledon is well under way. But with all American players eliminated before the 16th round of play, we might have to wait for [...]

2HBH Grip Tutorial
By: Ian Westermann - 02 July 2014 - 17 Comments

Here is a quick tutorial outlining my thoughts and recommendations on what grips are best on the two handed backhand groundstroke. At the end of the day I feel it’s most important that my [...]

Dealing With Wind – Podcast #228
By: Ian Westermann - 29 June 2014 - 0 Comments

Playing good tennis on a windy day can be next to impossible! Find out what my top tips are for dealing with it both practically speaking with it comes to footwork and target selection [...]

How to Watch the Ball in Doubles
By: Ian Westermann - 26 June 2014 - 62 Comments

Here’s the scenario: you’re at the net during a doubles point and your partner is on the baseline. An opponent hits a solid shot past you and it travels back to your partner. Where [...]

Serve Like Joe Montana
By: Ian Westermann - 23 June 2014 - 28 Comments

Many people assume that the best way to throw a football “spiral” is to turn their hand to the inside as they release the ball – just like they think “carving” around the side [...]

Cookie Cutter Coaches – Podcast #227
By: Ian Westermann - 22 June 2014 - 0 Comments

Is current stroke meachanic too generic or “cookie cutter”? In this tennis podcast episode, you will find out what I think about this.   [...]

Should You Fake? – Podcast #226
By: Ian Westermann - 02 June 2014 - 1 Comment

Is it a good idea to work on “faking” your shots so you can trick your opponents and keep them off balance? The short answer is “NO!”. In this tennis podcast episode, find out [...]

Singles and Doubles Strategy Foundations
By: Ian Westermann - 29 May 2014 - 46 Comments

What are the most important strategical elements to really have down pat as part of your singles and doubles game? That’s exactly what I’ll be focusing on in today’s video tennis lesson: several foundational [...]

Dealing With Anger – Podcast #225
By: Ian Westermann - 27 May 2014 - 1 Comment

Ever get angry on the court? Some people deal with it constantly. I was actually in that position back in college and it made me miserable on the court! In this tennis podcast episode [...]

Grip Pressure Lesson
By: Ian Westermann - 26 May 2014 - 32 Comments

Have you ever had your grip slip in your hand while hitting a shot and then tried to fix it by holing on more tightly next time? That is NOT the correct response and [...]

How to Hit Inside Out
By: Ian Westermann - 19 May 2014 - 33 Comments

Hitting a shot that travels “inside out”, or any direction for that matter, is really quite simple. It’s all about timing your swing correctly so that your strings are facing the direction that you [...]

Tennis Parenting Keys – Podcast #224
By: Ian Westermann - 07 May 2014 - 0 Comments

Tennis Parenting expert Frank Giampaolo is back on this episode of the Essential Tennis Podcast to share his expertise on this delicate topic. Even if you don’t have children I strongly encourage you to [...]

Spring Season Thaw Guest Post
By: Ian Westermann - 01 May 2014 - 0 Comments

I recently wrote a guest post focusing on the top things that you can do to get acclimated to outdoor tennis as quickly as possible since many players are now making that transition after [...]

Ultimate Serve Toss Drill
By: Ian Westermann - 25 April 2014 - 30 Comments

The service toss seems like it should be simple – but executing it consistently definitely it not! That’s why I’m really excited to share the drill in today’s lesson with you. It’s hands down [...]

Jammed Groundstroke Solution
By: Ian Westermann - 21 April 2014 - 26 Comments

Do you get too close to the ball on your forehand or backhand groundstroke over and over again? If so today’s video tennis lesson is for you! In my experience teaching passionate tennis players [...]