Learning proper technique is my number one goal and I’m a stickler about it. I’ve been a private one-on-one coach for decades and within the last few years, I’ve noticed the vast majority of new students coming to me from other coaches and facilities having FUNDAMENTAL FLAWS or what we call “hitches” in their technique. As the student continues to practice, these hitches become more and more instilled in muscle memory and will ultimately prevent students from improving and getting to the next level.
In these cases, my first priority is to get right to work to 1) identify any flaws and 2) to help prevent the student from honing and continuing to practice those same flaws over and over again. With extensive use of video and ball machine repetition, my goal is to in essence, replace “old” flawed muscle memory with new, correct muscle memory. I go from ball-drops, to 5 foot throws, to 10 foot throws, to throws from across the court with the goal of being able to hit with me, correctly, 100% of the time.. Anytime I see the “old” incorrect memory creeping back in, I immediately go back to ball-drops, etc. I continue in this fashion until the “bad” technique is completely exterminated and replaced with good technique. Unfortunately, in some extreme cases, the damage is already done and it never happens.
I have been a coach and instructor of tennis for over 25 years. I have an advanced degree in psychology --so from the get-go, whether you're an advanced tournament level player, or a beginner, I tailor my communication specifically to your learning style. In terms of playing style, my ultimate goal is for students to formulate an attack mentality, and the game to complement it. Therefore, in addition to fundamentals, I concentrate on creating variety in shot-making, finesse, net play, the transition game, serve and volley and the chip 'n' charge technique--which all help to develop a versatile and stylish all-court player.
I dedicate myself to your progress and work with NO MORE THAN FOUR STUDENTS TOTAL during any given time period, Fall, Winter, Spring or Summer.
I enjoy working with players of all ages and levels, but I especially enjoy the challenge of coaching newcomers and intermediates because I can have a greater impact on their overall game without having to deal with improper muscle memory. In addition, my unique junior tennis experience allows me great insight and something more to offer the parents of junior players.