By Steven Kaplan
While much has been written about split steps as magical movements unique to tennis, split steps in functional performance are just another way to describe simple " stops and cuts." More specifically, split steps are the transition movements from linear or straight acceleration to multidirectional...Read more
By Steven Kaplan
While it's not news to hear that tremendous focus and attentiveness to detail helps you play better tennis, it is a little surprising to learn that it also makes you happier. Recently, a fascinating study at Harvard University found that people are most happy when they are fully engaged in...Read more
By Steven Kaplan
Pat Mitsch, publicity associate of the USTA, sent me an e-mail the other day with an attached press release about the new USTA "Feeder Program" at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. He asked if I "Can use it in Long Island Tennis Magazine ," and I am happy to accommodate. As...Read more
By Ricky Becker
A few years ago when I was at a high-performance coaching seminar in Cincinnati, I heard a great expression, "Hit-and-Giggle Tennis." I loved the expression because it accurately portrayed recreational tennis distinctly in four words. Not that there is anything wrong with Hit-and-Giggle Tennis, but...Read more
By Joel Ross
In Team of Rivals, which is about Abraham Lincoln's presidency during the Civil War, there were so many instances where Lincoln's generals failed to pursue the retreating enemy after a decisive victory. History teaches us that the Civil War could have ended much sooner had some of these generals...Read more
By Steven Kaplan
Flushing Meadows, N.Y. was the center of the tennis universe again and it wasn't the U.S. Open that got thousands of tennis fans to gather at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on a beautiful Sunday. If you love tennis and you stayed home, you missed out on not just the biggest, but...Read more
By Steven Kaplan
On April 16, the New York State Department of Education begins administering the English Language Arts (ELA) tests for grades 3 to 8. A similar math test begins next week. A small, but vocal, group of parents are objecting that schools are spending too much time in the classroom preparing kids to...Read more
By Steven Kaplan
A New York Times article titled "Reasons Not to Stretch" by Gretchen Reynolds was published today, April 3 and posted on the USPTA Eastern Division Facebook page. This article refers to two recent studies that add to the scientific body of evidence that pre-exercise static stretching alone is...Read more
By Steven Kaplan
Less than 10 percent of all tennis shots are hit from a center position on the court. Note that every serve is hit from a slightly off-center start, and each return of serve is hit from even closer to the sideline. Why is it then that more than 90 percent of all tennis balls are fed by instructors...Read more
By Steven Kaplan
Tennis, at the most elite level, is incredibly physical. The very best players may be some of the best athletes in the world ... in any sport. That's why when I hear the simplistic statement "at the top level of tennis, everyone has the physical skills to succeed. The difference is mental," I...Read more
By Joel Ross
A burst of speed to gain position is what is needed for most shots to succeed. It is imperative to be in the most fantastic position to hit every ball if you want to hit a great shot. Most of the time, the only way to gain that position is with a burst of speed. Where does that burst come from? You...Read more
By Joel Ross
Jesse Owens, the great Olympic champion in the 1936 Berlin Olympics, was taught by his coach at Ohio State to run like a horse. What he meant was, look straight ahead when you run, with a singular purpose of getting to the finish line first. Just the way a horse runs. Have you ever seen a horse...Read more