Tennis Tip — Opening up the Court
In our clinics, we work on basic tennis techniques, terminology and strategies, from groundstroke production to split-step to “approaching the net”. One of the strategies we’ve worked on recently, even with our more beginner players is “opening up the court” in an attempt to win the point by hitting the next shot to the open court. This can be challenging for a beginner of any age when playing on the full court, but we’ve found that many of our players can understand, and sometimes execute this strategy when playing on the quarter court (smaller net on a quarter of the court). Most of the concepts we teach are simpler to comprehend, and easier to master, on the smaller
|Red, lower compression balls
court, lower net with the slower-moving red balls (even for adults!).
Here’s a video of a drill which is very similar to a drill that we did with our players, but on the smaller quarter court for beginners, or the 60′ (orange ball) court with our Junior Academy and older players. Susan and I get so excited when we see any of our players use this strategy in games or in match play. If you have a small net at home, try it out!
Stocking stuffers and gift ideas
Minion vibration dampeners, kids love to put these cute dampeners on their racquets, it helps to personalize their racquet and also to dampen the vibration of the ball hitting the racquet.
Did you know that the official regulation for dampeners is that they be placed below (or above or to the side of) the last cross-string on the racquet?
More gift ideas here–
If your player needs a new racquet, maybe the next size up, check out the juniors racquets we have in stock at Holly Tree. We can also order you one if we don’t have what you’re looking for. If you’re not sure what size is best for your player, just ask, we’re happy to advise!
Spring Clinic Registration
Spring Session One, our first 4 week session of 2017, will begin Monday, January 30th and run through Thursday, February 23rd. Sign up early to ensure a spot, as some days will fill up! You can e-mail Joann at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll pencil you in while you get your registration form and payment in. You can drop it off at the club, or mail it to Joann at 5704 Oak Bluff Lane, Wilm, 28409 (check payable to Holly Tree Racquet Club).
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
Saturday, January 7th, 2 to 4 pm
Registration info coming soon!
Happy holidays from all of us at Holly Tree–see you in 2017!