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Features — October 1, 2015

Check out "The Inner Game" TennisOne Newsletter.

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The Inner Game

Tim Gallwey's seminal book, "The Inner Game of Tennis" (still the biggest selling tennis book of all time), created a revolutionary way of learning that can be applied to all fields of sports.Tim realized that the person across the net is not the only opponent, but the struggle within for focus and clarity can have just as big an impact on the out come of a match. Many consider Tim's work as having paved the foundation of sports psychology. In this series, TennisOne revisits the Inner Game of Tennis.

The One-Handed Versus the Two-Handed Backhand — Part II

Beginning tennis players face an array of challenges, and not least among those challenges is dealing with the nearly constant struggle to keep the racquet relatively stable while striking a ball.  In part two of Daryl Fisher's treatise on the backhand he begins to explore some of the implications of the fundamental differences between the two strokes, first in relation to a player's current level of skill, but also in relation to a player's personal attributes such as age, height, speed, and fitness. Would you benefit long-term from making a switch?

ProStrokes 3.0 — Karolina Pliskova's Forehand

Karolina Pliskova, is a 23 year old player from the Czech Republic. She has won four singles and four doubles titles on the WTA tour and has amassed over two million dollars in prize money. On 17 August 2015, she reached her best singles ranking of world number 7. She is currently ranked 12 on the WTA tour. Karolina plays a typical baseline game with two hands on the backhand side, but unlike most of the women on tour her serve is a real weapon. In fact, Pliskova ranks second to Serena in the number aces hit on tour this year, and third in the percentage of first. serve points won.

TennisOne Newsletter: The Inner Game

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Make Your Overhead a Smash

Americans call this shot an “overhead,” while most of the rest of the world call it a “smash.” Whatever term you use, this weapon is—or should be—the most devastating one in your arsenal. While a deadly weapon for skilled tournament players, the overhead can be a dreaded and dreadful weakness for recreational players. “If you want to play the game seriously, or if you want to play the net at all, you must be able to hit the overhead consistently. — Paul Fein

The Value of Crosscourt

Hit the ball down-the-line and the length of the court is 78 feet. Hit it crosscourt and the court lengthens to as much as 82.5 feet. That may not seem like much, about the size of the doubles alley, however, next time you are on the practice court, draw a line 4.5 feet behind the opposite baseline and rally with a partner. Very quickly you will begin to understand the safety of the crosscourt. — Jorge Capestany

TennisOne Classic: Deliberate Practice — Neutral Rally

Deliberate Practice is about mastering the situations one encounters when they play (not just ‘general’ strokes). In this TennisOne Classic, Wayne Elderton looks at the Neutral Groundstroke Exchange from the baseline. It is one of the most common situations in tennis after a serve and return to engage in a baseline to baseline exchange. The goal is to have what I call, ‘competitive consistency’. It is not just a matter of plopping the ball back, but making a ‘quality’ rally ball. Winning the neutral rally is perhaps the most important aspect in any baseline exchange.

ProStrokes 3.0 — Thomaz Bellucci's Game

Thomaz Bellucci, from Sao Paulo, Brazil, turned pro in 2005. He has won four ATP World Tour titles and has earned nearly 4 million dollars in prize money. Bellucci reached a career high ranking on the ATP tour 21 in 2010 and is currently ranked 30 in the world. Thomaz plays with heavy topspin on the forehand side. His two-handed backhand is much more compact than his forehand, and is flatter, which allows him to take balls earlier on his backhand wing and drive the ball for winners. His serve lacks outright power but he has excellent spin and placement.

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