Lessons from a Tennis Addict on a Quest to Become a USTA 4.5 Player

Doing the Hard Work that Comes with Injuries (Guest Post)

Doing the Hard Work that Comes with Injuries (Guest Post)

Below is a guest post from fellow tennis fanatic Jim Falvo (in photo above doing medicine ball drill).This post is a kind of "part 2" to my recent post "With Every Injury Comes An Opportunity"...But it's also "part 1" of a 3-part series of guests posts Jim will write...

With Every Injury Comes an Opportunity

With Every Injury Comes an Opportunity

By P.J. Simmons Over the years I've had my share of athletic and tennis injuries. They're never fun. But as I get older, I'm finding that a healthy mental perspective on injuries isn't just a "nice to have"-- it's a must have. I've recently come to believe, very...

“Initialize!” Backhand Fixes with Howard Moore

“Initialize!” Backhand Fixes with Howard Moore

By P.J. SimmonsOne of the most exciting things about the road to better tennis is that the learning and growth never stops.With technique, I love the fact that as I make leaps forward I unlock new opportunities to make refinements that enable me to generate more...

The “Spanish Method” Rocks — and so Does Emilio Sanchez

The “Spanish Method” Rocks — and so Does Emilio Sanchez

By P.J. SimmonsRecently my 4.0 friend Paul Tortora and I had the surreal, incredible opportunity to train for two days with Olympic Silver Medalist and former World #1 Emilio Sanchez and several of his outstanding coaching team at the Academia Sanchez-Casal in Naples...

4 Keys to a Stronger Two-Handed Backhand

4 Keys to a Stronger Two-Handed Backhand

Until January of this year I had a one-handed backhand that I wasn't too excited about. I had spent a lot of 2011 angsting over whether I should switch to a 2-hander. Clearly there were pros and cons to both. And the biggest advertisement for a 1-hander was Roger...

“Good things happen to players who bend their knees”

“Good things happen to players who bend their knees”

Last year I ordered one of Nick Bollettieri's instructional videos, "Bollistic Backhand," and something he said on it stuck with me: "Good things happen to tennis players who bend their knees." It's so true. Things go much much better when I actually execute on this...

Lessons from a First-Time USTA Team Captain

Lessons from a First-Time USTA Team Captain

This spring I was invited to co-captain a Men's 3.5 USTA team based out of my home club, Manhattan Plaza Racquet Club. I had just gotten back a few weeks earlier from Bollettieri's IMG Tennis Academy so I was seriously "fired up!" (as IMG coach Roger Blackburn is...

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