Improve your receiving skills and learn how the ball is going to react after it lands on your side of the court. Use this skill to move efficiently and accurately to create time and space to execute your shot.
Learn how to use racket speed and swing path to control the height and depth of the ball. Discover your optimum ‘swing style’ and how to make it reliable under pressure.
‘Keys to consistent serving’
Develop a repeatable and stable foundation from which to initiate your service action and use this balanced motion to create a rhythmic service action and consistent ball toss. Learn how to strike the ball for optimum contact and consistent placement.
‘Effective shot selection’
Knowing what the most effective shot choices are can help you think clearly on court. Simplifying your decisions will enable you to be more successful with the execution of your shot. We will cover all of the basic game situations you will need to know to get started on your tennis journey.
Starting with the softer red ball and transitioning to the orange ball on a small court will allow you to take in and integrate these essential skills more easily and prepare you with confidence for level 2. Using softer balls at this level is also a lot of fun and a great way to gain a sense of competence quickly.
You’ve seen the kids do it, now it’s your turn
‘Controlling the contact’
Learn how to create topspin to gain greater control and choice of shot.
Develop a stable and reliable contact and learn how to use the angle of the racket to direct the ball with precision.
‘Putting the pressure on!’
Improve your racket and movement skills to be able to control the direction of your shot and put your opponent on the run. Use these skills of accuracy and precision to open up the court and create an opportunity to move ahead in the rally. Understand how to make the right decision at the right time to optimise your chances of success.
Work on your footwork patterns to control your movement and balance as you transition forward from the baseline to volley at the net. Learn the hand and racket skills required for consistent and accurate net play. Know when to make the decision to move forward and how this tactic can be used effectively to force your opponent to make an error.
‘Serving with confidence’
Learn how the path of the racket affects how much power versus spin you are able to put on the ball. Develop a second serve you can rely on to help you build confidence when serving in a match.
‘How to get out of trouble’
Learn effective shots to counteract specific game situations where your opponents attacking play forces you out of position.
Once you know which shots to choose to effectively counteract your opponent’s strategy you will have the opportunity to practise making those decisions which will allow you to play with more conviction.
The court used for this course is in-between the smaller court of level 1 and the full court of level 3. We move through from the orange ball to the green ball which is one below the yellow ball used on the full court. By the end of the course you will be ready to take your new skills onto the full court and discover what type of player you want to be.
‘Transition to full court’
Continue to develop your receiving skills to learn how spin and ball speed affects your preparation, positioning and shot selection. Transition these skills from green to yellow ball.
‘Developing controlled power’
Learn how to use your body’s kinetic chain to give your ground strokes and serve more impact and
understand when to use power as an effective tactic.
‘Advanced ball control skills’
Discover how to create a slice, topspin or a flat contact with the ball to affect the speed and characteristics of your shot.
‘Confident net play’
Learn how to handle a variety of shots coming to you at net and increase your repertoire of shots by learning the smash and drop volley.
‘Playing on the edge!’
Improve your movement and co-ordination skills to be able to respond effectively when you are on the run and you need to get back in the rally.
‘Making life difficult for your opponent’
Get beyond the technique and learn how these new skills can affect your opponent by putting pressure on their movement, timing and shot capability .Learn how to read the game and anticipate your opponents next move so you can gain the upper hand and give your opponent less time to prepare for their shot.
‘What’s your style?’
Learn and practise different types of strategy to build the experience needed to develop your own unique game style
‘Effective doubles play’
Positioning and movement in doubles can be confusing and gaining a clear understanding of the role of each of the four positions will help you play with more confidence on court.
Learn effective doubles tactics to simplify your decision making and make your shot selection more efficient and effective.
Completing this level will give you the skills and knowledge to continue to improve your game and start gaining experience in match situations. You will now be ready to take your tennis journey to the next stage and take on the challenge of winning matches.
THE IMPORTANCE OF DECISION TRAINING
Tennis can be thought of as a game of chess on a tennis court where each player has a set of effective responding moves depending on their position and game situation. It is easy to panic when you are under pressure and you don’t know what the best options are. Simplifying your choices and training the best decisions until they become automatic allows you to play with more positive intention and enables you to put more focus on the execution of your shot. This area is often neglected in favour of physical technique but developing it will enable you to play with more flow, commitment and better execution.
Training this mental skill is a key aspect of the Tiger Tennis approach.
‘MOVING THROUGH THE STAGES OF LEARNING
It can be useful to have an understanding of what stages you will pass through when learning the new skills taught on the course. This will help you to understand that making mistakes is all part of the process and is in fact essential if your body is to gain enough feedback in order to improve. This is a central part of our approach at Tiger Tennis and we actively encourage this to speed up the learning process. Below is a summary of the stages of learning:
This is where you don’t know what skills you need to improve.
At this stage you have become aware of what you need to work on but don’t know how to do so.
Now you know what you need to do and how to do it but are new at the skill and so it requires a lot of concentration and it may feel awkward at first.
During this final stage you will have practised the skill to the point where it has become second nature. This will allow you to stay focussed on the ball and your strategy resulting in more consistent and effective performance.
Most attempts to improve people’s games don’t ‘stick’ in a match situation because they haven’t reached the last stage yet and are stuck in-between. This means they often don’t play their best which can lead to loss of confidence, not to mention it being very frustrating!
WHAT BALLS DO WE USE ON THE COURSE?
There are four different balls we use on the course and each have different characteristics. The red ball is the softest and largest and allows you plenty of time after the ball bounces to practise your stroke technique. We then move through to the orange ball which is a bit bouncier but still leaves you good time to continue mastering your new sills. The green ball is next and is the closest to the normal yellow ball and at this stage you will be on a full court. The final transition is to the standard yellow ball which bounces higher and feels heavier on contact.