| By Steven Kaplan
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Did you know that many studies indicate that you can develop and improve tennis movements simply by thinking about them? It's called Visualization and it's powerful.

Close your eyes and picture yourself hitting a serve. Breathe, bounce the ball and feel it as if your were actually performing the movement. Start your take back, and notice the pressure of your hand on the racket, the force of impact with the ball and your weight shift after the hit.

Picture seeing the ball landing where you would like it to go. The greater the detail, the better.  It's more difficult than you might think, and as you practice this technique you will improve.

Or you can spend your time posting videos on social media of yourself seeing how many times in a row you can bounce toilet paper off of your racket…


Steven Kaplan

Steve Kaplan is the owner and managing director of Bethpage Park Tennis Center, as well as director emeritus of Lacoste Academy for New York City Parks Foundation, and executive director and founder of Serve &Return Inc. Steve has coached more than 1,100 nationally- ranked junior players, 16 New York State high school champions, two NCAA Division 1 Singles Champions, and numerous highly-ranked touring professionals. Many of the students Steve has closely mentored have gone to achieve great success as prominent members of the New York financial community, and in other prestigious professions. In 2017, Steve was awarded the Hy Zausner Lifetime Achievement Award by the USTA. He may be reached by e-mail at StevenJKaplan@aol.com.