Written by Ian Westermann
Podcast 9: High volley technique, ground stroke positioning, teaching a 5 year old, 3.0 tournament play, basics of spin, why long strokes are better, hitting volleys with power.

High volley technique, ground stroke positioning, teaching a 5 year old, 3.0 tournament play, basics of spin, why long strokes are better, hitting volleys with power.

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  1. Hello Ian!

    I've been digging into your podcast archives and enjoying them very much, just as I do your most recent episodes! In episode #9, you cover a variety of topics and one that especially caught my interest is the approach that you take when teaching very young children. I've written to you once or twice about my two little boys and their tennis involvment, which is not much more than them coming onto court with me and trying to stroke the ball from an easy feed. They see the ball pretty well and have made some encouraging strokes so I always hope that they will continue to make progress. One thing that I would like to see from them is the turn to the sides on forehands or backhands. To actually have them start facing that side and feed a ball to them, as you have done in your lessons for young ones, is a great idea and I believe that it will help them come closer to feeling and understanding the advantages of core rotation and the kinetic chain. I'll coax them out to the court tonight and give it a try. Thanks, Ian!

    • Wow….you're going WAY back in the archives, haha. You're very welcome, I'm so happy to hear that these episodes are proving helpful to you! Please let me know if you ever want more feedback.