Head Tennis Coaches

Develop The Vision.

It all starts with you getting a clear vision of what type of tennis program, that you want to build.

Picture in your mind, how you want your program to look in 3 years and then in 6 years, down the road.

Your vision plan for your program, should be written out and then posted up in your office.

Set Team Goals.

At the start of every season, set team goals together with your team.

Ask them to take part in the planning and come up with some ideas for your goals for that season.

Never lower your goals either.

Instead push them to dig deeper and reach those goals.

Many coaches set goals, then during the season, they lower them for the players and this is the wrong move to take by coaches.

You job is to push them into their greatness and the only way to do that is to, help them develop grit in themselves!

Coach With Passion.

The more passionate you are about the game, the better results your team will get from your coaching.

My best tennis coaches were all passionate about the game.

There is real authentic power in coaching with passion.

It’s so contagious, that many of them will over achieve in their careers with you.

I would make that my main coaching theme for every team.

Bring passion to practice and bring even more passion to your team matches.

The main goal is to have fun with your team!

Build an Waterproof Efoil Remote Control

Currently, it seems everyone us using an electric skateboard remote control in a plastic bag to keep it waterproof. With this as your remote, you must lift electric hydrofoil remote control in the air when you fall, and also be sure you do not squeeze the bag and pop it open during a wipeout. Beyond that, handling something through a plastic bag is very slippery and tough to control.

This year it is expected that a waterproof electric hydrofoil remote control will become available. It is expected to have multi uses so the one remote can control an electric skateboard, efoil, electric SUP, and electric jet board.

The reality is with DIY builders attaching an electric motor to virtually everything these days a new multi-use waterproof electric hydrofoil remote control is going to fill a void in the marketplace.

There are several creators who have shared their concepts on various forums, but they have yet to deliver a final product that can be sold. This proves just how new the powered water sports segment is.

Only a few companies have a waterproof electric hydrofoil remote control but none of them sell to individual builders.

The key features of required for a high performance and long-lasting controller are: totally waterproof, buoyant, rugged, and automatically shut off the motor’s power once the board is more than 15 feet away from the rider. Meaning, if the someone falls, and the board is driving away, it will shut down for safety reasons. This project poses a variety of challenges for its design and usability.

With so many open source builders testing and modify all aspects of a waterproof remote, it has provided steep product development curve and has thus created some exciting designs and features

With builders in North America, Europe, Australia, and many other countries sharing their ideas and knowledge with each other there is rapid progress. This is an exciting time as DIY electric hydrofoils, jet surfboards and electric surfboards.

Electric hydrofoil are a way of bringing surfing to the lakes, rivers, and oceans of the world. All you need is a body of water and charge efoil batteries. It will be exciting to see electric hydrofoils zipping by (quietly) on the lakes, rivers, and oceans of the world.

Choose A Badminton Racket

  • Step 1
    First up is frame construction. According to Hart Sports New Zealand, the most affordable types are made from steel but they do come heavy. Lightweight aluminum rackets offer more control while graphite models are the lightest and should give off excellent speed, handling, and control. Experienced players will find graphite rackets fit for them while beginners ought to start with steel or aluminum.
  • Step 2
    Grip size is also an essential element to the game. Make sure your hand fits around the handle of your racquet choice perfectly by trying it out before you make the purchase. Some shops will give you size measurements advice and letting you try different grip sizes of the same racquet. When in doubt, go for a smaller grip size that you think you need. This is because you can simply add overgrips to increase the size overtime if you find the handle too small for comfort.
  • Step 3
    Balance as well as comfort and fit are also of prime importance. Make sure you visit local badminton clubs to try out several racquet brands to see how you and your racquet fit each other.
  • Step 4
    For string tension, new players need relatively low tension ranging from 15 to 22 lbs. This amount of tensions gives in to every strike, giving you more power. More advanced players who already have their wrist-power already developed will like a 22 to 28 lbs. racquet which gives more accuracy and control.
  • Step 5
    PVC-coated steel strings are the strongest type of strings by their responsiveness is sometimes too low for experienced players. Nylon strings are more likely to break but they do have a higher level of response which allows for more control.
  • Step 6
    The shape of the racquet head is also a factor. KK Racket Exchange Company says that isometric heads feature a relatively square shape thereby increasing the racket’s “sweet spot”. Oval heads have a smaller sweet spot but they do pack more power for seasoned players.
  • Step 7
    Finally, match shaft flexibility to your skill level. Stiff shafts provide better performances via control so they are fit for more advanced or professional players. Flexibility adds speed to every swing, creating more power so new players will definitely need more flexibility from their rackets to generate more speed and power while they are still on the learning curve.

Quickly Improve Surfing Fitness for Competition

  • Train in the surf for short periods of time at high intensities and practice specific movements you need or want to master. Perform twenty to thirty minutes of intense surfing followed by a fifteen minute wind down on the beach with some goal work, reflection and re-hydration time. Repeat this three to four times. This is one of the quickest ways to quickly improve your competition surfing fitness, especially if the waves are pumping.
  • Know your strengths and know your weaknesses. With surfing it is always good to play your strengths yet many surfers forget to focus on building their surfing weaknesses. How is your back hand, air game, small wave surfing, big wave surfing, etc. We all have preferences and strengths and we all have weaknesses. All round surfers have a knack for improving and working on what they need to work on and you can too.
  • Paddle Fitness is key for free surfing enjoyment and competition, so each time you surf use the first twenty to thirty minutes to work on speed and power paddling. Catch as many waves as possible and surf your brains out on each wave. Even take waves that may close out or possibly put you where you do not want to be (not advisable if the surf is heavy and huge). This training strategy on smaller days however, quickly forces you to, ‘get out of the impact zone’ by training your cardiovascular system and developing speed and paddle power which will carry over into better surfing fitness. Just remember to keep your head and body still and focus on powering through with your arms and having a high elbow with each stroke. Obviously faster more efficient paddlers means getting back into position faster and gives you more time for wave selection and getting priority as both a free surfer or competitor.
  • Power, rhythm and flow; get these ingrained into your DNA. Golf, martial arts, dancing, gymnastics for surfers, skateboarding, snowboarding can all help with your surfing training and performance conditioning. All are fun and easy to do and all quickly carry over into your surfing. Many of these sports or disciplines also allow for innovation that is also scored when surfing.
  • Surfing is a lot like golf. It’s all about consistency. The more consistent you are with your performance the more likelihood of getting consistently higher scores. If your surfing game is inconsistent, judges know this and their subconscious minds click in with ‘doubts’ on every wave they judge you on. So consistently choose good waves, surf all out and know that your highest score will be dropped. When you think about it – getting a perfect score for one wave means all judges must be scoring very highly and consistently across the board.
  • Practice big moves in big sections because that is what scores highly. If you fall then there is more duck diving, more impact zones and more challenge getting back into position. Combine this with mentally going over how to improve on the next wave, will all add to your surfing fitness and make you a better surfing athlete.
  • When you’re surf training in the gym do intense twenty to thirty minute sessions simulating heats and throw in some confusion. Get your trainer or surf coach to throw some curve balls into your surfing workout to distract you, put you off guard, to challenge you with mental games. Typically we don’t surf as well as we would have liked because of psychological challenges or external distractions, so practice dealing with these type of situations when you train.
  • Your cardiovascular system combined with stability and flexibility across the joints of your body is the base of both your flow and your surfing power. Find a trainer who surfs well and also understands and teaches all components of surfing fitness and not just stranded surfing exercises.

Simple Secret to Solving the Slice

Firstly, make sure your body alignment is correct, your shoulders, chest hips and feet should all be parallel to each other as well as parallel to the ball to pin line. If your body is not aligned correctly and is aiming too far to the left, the upper body can not and does not rotate properly. This leads to an ‘out to in’ swing which means that the club will not be hitting through the ball but instead will be moving from outside the ball to inside the ball as the impact takes place. The consequence of this is side spin being generated on the ball and the dreaded uncontrollable slice follows.

Even if your alignment, swing and grip are perfect, the positioning of the ball in the stance can make a good straight shot into a shot that slices wildly out of play. This occurs when the ball is placed too far forward in the stance.

Once again the slicing of the ball occurs because the club face is no longer square on at impact with the ball. This is because the club face has come past square and is moving in from the ball to pin line, this again generates side spin resulting in the ball slicing again.

Ideal ball placement is different for every club, but this is a rough guide:

For woods and long irons, the ball should be placed inline with the inside of your left heel (opposite for left hand players), for short irons place the ball in the centre of the stance, for medium irons the ball should be placed between two positions mentioned above.

Posture should be checked as weight distribution can also have an affect. Having your weight too far forward can encourage the slice so be wary of your weight distribution.

If all else fails, try strengthening your grip. Do this by moving your hands slightly clockwise around the club, then adjust your grip so you’re holding it more in your fingers and lighten the pressure, this should help reduce the affect of the slicing.

Swimming Strength and Conditioning

You might be surprised to know though, that the abdomen is at the core of swimming. A lot of the work and power in a swimming stroke comes through there – so any swimming strength and conditioning work needs to focus on that area as well as the more obvious shoulders. Don’t waste time on crunches though, a six pack never got a swimmer a faster time!

Another area where a swimming strength and conditioning programme should focus is on “core stability”. The reason? That are of the body is a big part of things. Have you ever had that feeling you are struggling round the hips and pelvic areas and sinking a little? That is a certainty to slow you down and one area that people new to swimming struggle with. Some improvements here can work wonders.

You can even combine the two ideas by doing some exercises in the pool with the benefits of some water resistance as part of your swimming strength and conditioning plan. It provides a nice warm up before your swim.

The final word has to be variety too, make sure you vary the exercises you do to keep the interest up. Tired body, tired mind goes the saying. It does work the other way round too.

Thrill in Olympic Swimming

In Olympic Swimming, one would actually feel the tension in the air. The swimmers are very competitive and are committed to a win. And the audiences are correspondingly cheering hard for their representatives. One can expect thrilling Olympic Swimming events that can take your breath away. It is just too exciting to watch, and having so many people around having their own swimmers, will more than quadruple the fun.

What is more interesting now with Olympic Swimming is the addition of the Open Water Races. There will be the 10K open water races for both men and women divisions. These are very interesting additions as considered by many – but a welcomed one at that.

The addition of the Open Water Races in Olympic Swimming would add a variety to the swimming competition. Many believe that Europeans are well to dominate this category, but others will not come in without a good fight. Definitely, Olympic Swimming is able to put more excitement with their array of competitions in the field.

Tool to Create More Backspin

If you’ve been playing with the same clubs for a while, there could be a simple fix that will allow the ball to bite more on the green; giving you that confidence back and ability to shoot lower scores. Sharp grooves in your club promote the best chance at creating the desired spin that you need while inside the ‘scoring zone’.

You can actually sharpen your grooves with a simple tool that is quite inexpensive to buy. It is called a ‘Grove Sharpener’. However, before you go rushing to buy one, let’s discuss a little about how wedges actually create spin, and then we can determine if the tool is worth buying to bring your equipment back to life.

A quality strike of the golf ball is required for backspin. You want a downward blow that makes contact with the golf ball first and then the turf, which traps the golf ball against ground. Then the golf ball travels up the grooves, which bite into the ball… creating backspin.

Among conditions such as the lie of the ground, (ideally fairway) and firmness of the greens and golf softness ball itself, we need clean and sharp grooves. Dirt that gets embedded in the grooves effect how much they will bite the golf ball. Sharper grooves will allow the player to create maximum backspin.

One solution to bringing more backspin into your golf game is to invest in a Groove Sharpener tool. They aren’t as good as buying new wedges but they are very inexpensive and last a very long time. In fact, I purchased one and only ever needed one because the metal is tough. They certainly do the job in bringing back old wedges to life. You will also walk out on the golf course with an added boost of confidence in your wedge play, which is required to creating backspin.

They are a very sound investment, especially if you practice a lot too, which would include plenty of shots inside the 100 yard mark and over time the grooves would lose some sharpness.

To use the groove sharpener, your simply place the tool into the clubs grooves on an angle, and gently push/pull the tool along the groove. Ensuring that it doesn’t slip, please take care. Most tools will come with instructions on how to use them, so please don’t rush.

Some of you players who enter tournaments might be worried about the tool not conforming to rules of golf, because it actually takes some of the metal out of the club face. The simple answer to this; ensure you purchase a tool that conforms to the rules, and then you don’t need to worry.

Shuttlecock Woes

Ankle Sprains- Although still wanting in detailed statistical studies, some research papers have shown that on an average, ankle sprains constitute more than half of all reported badminton injuries. An ankles sprain can be described as the stretching and or tearing of ligaments and muscles in the ankle. In extreme cases, there may also be damage to tendons, bones and other joint tissues. The resulting bleeding within tissues can cause sudden edema and swelling of the ankle, which in third degree sprains, often takes more than 6 months to heal completely. Ankle sprains are accidental in 99% of the incidences and happen when the player lands on his partner’s foot or on the floor with his own foot turned inwards, outwards or flexed. The extremely quick directional changes required during badminton, often cause the feet to roll over or twist, resulting in a sprained ankle. Fatigue, extra body weight and shoes with more than normal ‘grip’ are frequent contributors to such injuries.

Meniscus Tear- This also goes by the layman-friendly alias ‘Torn Cartilage Knee Injury’ and is as painful as a sprained ankle. During the intricate footwork required during a badminton game, the meniscus or cartilage, which provides a soft cushioning between the thigh and shin bones, sometimes ruptures, causing pain in the joint-line of the knee, swelling and inability to flex the leg completely. This may sometimes also be accompanied by an injured or totally ruptured ligament, which increases the pain factor and healing time. Normally, the swelling and pain settles down easily for most people. However for some sportspersons, the knee can become prone to knee locking or ‘giving way’, in which case, surgery is required.

Muscle Strain- Unexpected movements, such as a sudden overhead smash, may put muscles in various parts of the body under pressure, thereby causing a disruption of fibres in the affected muscle. This can result in pain, swelling, bruising and in extreme case, loss of function. Muscles commonly affected are the hamstring, knee, shoulder and calf, to name a few.

Ocular hurt- A Malaysian study reportedly called badminton the ‘sport which presented the greatest ocular hazard in Malaysia’. Another Canadian study backed up these claims saying that 30-58% of all eye injuries in Canada caused by racquet sports were attributed to badminton. This may seem funny to a layman, since a shuttlecock looks anything but devious, with its lightweight feathery appearance, compared to the heavier balls used in tennis and squash. Although the frequency of eye injuries on an average is more in squash than in badminton, the latter does account for injuries which are greater in severity. This is partly because the bottom round of the shuttlecock fits into the eye orbit and also because of the extremely high speeds achieved during badminton. Badminton is widely considered to be the fastest racquet sport in the world and shuttlecocks have been known to reach speeds of more than 300 km/hour. On 25 September 2009, Malaysia’s Tan Boon Heong set the international smash record of 421 km/hour in the men’s double’s category at the Japan Open 2009. This is 1/3rd the speed of sound at sea level, so one can imagine the effect of a shuttlecock travelling at that speed and hitting one’s eye. It would be painful to say the least.

Fractures- Fractures are fairly rare in badminton, although some have been reported. They normally happen when another player’s racquet hits a player’s arm or leg or if the player himself falls down heavily or if another player missteps and falls/steps on him/her.

Kiteboarding Pro Tips

First things first, you should go out and find yourself an internationally accredited school or instructor. You may think that it’s all about danger and adrenaline, you might think it’s too rock ‘n’ roll for lessons but having a good instructor can save you money and time in the long run. Most accredited schools offer short introductory courses to long-term programs and usually have reasonable equipment rental costs. If you’re an absolute beginner and think it’s as easy as buying a big kite and an old surfboard then be prepared to look foolish. Granted, it may have been how the sport was invented but times and technologies have changed since then. A good instructor will stop you looking like a fool and will definitely save you from a few unnecessary cuts and bruises!

Secondly, you’ve got to be prepared to invest your time into the sport. The old expression that ‘Rome wasn’t built in a day’ is just as applicable to kiteboarding as it is to any other sport, hobby or pastime out there. A beginner student can probably get to grips with the basics in a day or two but it’ll take some serious time on the water to be confident enough to call yourself competent. Commitment is not necessarily a tip or trick as you’ll find yourself an addict within hours! If you live far away from your nearest body of water then now’s the time to save your pennies for gas money!

The third kiteboarding tip on the list is one that you’ll discover on your own: the internet. The internet is undoubtedly the most powerful learning tool of our generation, so make the most of it. If you want to take your surfing skills to the next level with some cunning trickery, such as handle passes, loops and board off maneuvers then try to find some online instructional videos that walk you through the moves step by step. You’ll be airborne in no time and pulling off the trick that you always dreamed of.

If internet and book learning isn’t your thing and you prefer the ‘hands on’ approach then by this stage in your kiteboarding career you’ve probably become acquainted with your fellow kiteboarders and local gurus. The kiteboarding community is one of the most friendly and helpful out there. Almost every kiteboarder on your stretch of beach will be happy to give you tips or let you in on a bit of local knowledge, so it’s definitely worth engaging in the social aspect of the sport too!