National Tennis Academy® grades for Tuesday, 05/21/13 have been posted for your review.
The 2013 National Tennis Academy® Membership Directory is now available at $17 each. Members will receive a complimentary copy soon by mail.
When you use different strings in the Mains and Crosses it’s called a Hybrid String Job. This is how you super tune your performance. Do you want Durability and Control? Pick 17 ga. Kevlar mains and 16 ga. Multi, or Gut, crosses. Want more Spin, Durability and Power? Try a thin 18ga. Poly main and 16 or 17ga. crosses. Want Spin and Arm Friendly? Try a 17 ga. Nylon (Prince Syn. Gut) and 16 ga. Multi crosses (Gosen TecBio). String combinations (Hybrids) can match nearly every need closer than using only one string. You can even adjust tension between the two strings to further enhance the feel, control and power-pop. I typically go 6% to 12% less on the crosses depending on string choice and racquet design.
Made from cow intestines, it’s the best at everything; more power, more control, more comfort. Bad durability; a hard hitter/top-spinner can break a string in a couple of hours. Half the tension loss of nylon, but major tension loss if it’s exposed to moisture. The most expensive string.
The top category after natural gut. Best overall playability, gentle on the arm, but punishing to your opponent. The fraying (as they wear) may annoy some. Holds tension fair. Second most expensive string after gut. A good category of string when you’re looking for arm friendly, power and control.
KEVLAR & POLYESTER
This is the durability category; the choice for hard hitters, string breakers, and people without arm problems. Expect harsher hits (very harsh with Kevlar) with above average control. Kevlar (aramid fiber) is extremely durable and holds tension very good, but I would never recommend it as the only string in your racquet – hybrid use only. Poly has much more playability, it’s use is not limited to hybrid applications like Kevlar, and Poly holds tension fair. A good category of string when you’re looking for maximum durability and control.
Next, we will discuss hybrids.
With your answers to the nine questions in “How do You Choose the Right String and Tension?” you’re ready to establish your string picking priorities.
All can be “fine tuned” (by string gauge & tension choices) to deliver what you want. Exception: poly can never be as arm friendly as gut or multifilament.
Here are the basic string types you have to choose from:
NYLON & NYLON COMPOSITES
A good all-around string category. This is the basic, and most popular string choice in tennis. Crisper feel compared with multifilaments. Good, but not as gentle on the arm as multifilament or gut. It’s reasonably durable and holds tension well. A good category of string when you’re looking for power and control.
Next, we will discuss multifiliments, kevlar, and polyester.
If I haven’t seen you hit the ball, I won’t string your racket… sorry!
Even when I ask you all the right questions (and I have nearly 20 of them) I still am getting the least objective answers (your opinion).
The result would be a string and tension selection that is at best hit and miss.
But when I see you play; I know exactly how hard and how deep you hit the ball.
I see the power and spin you put on your strokes and serve… I see where you contact the ball – center – high – low – in the frame. I see if you punch, block or cut your volleys… I know all! And with this information “I guarantee a better game” with my restringing!
When your stringer KNOWS your game and style, you’ll notice the most game improvement from your next string job.
Nine things you need to consider in order to choose the right string, string gauge, and tension are:
1) What do you like and dislike about the string you currently use?
2) Have you tried other strings – brands – types – gauges?
3) How much would you like to spend?
4) How many times per week do you play?
5) What’s your playing level (NTRP rating) and playing style?
6) Any arm or shoulder injury problems?
7) Are you looking for more power, control or spin?
8) Are you loyal to one particular brand – why?
9) What court surface do you play on?
If someone asked you if your tennis pro is certified, what would you say? What does certification mean to you as a student taking tennis lessons?
Basically, certification is a process that gives recognition to teaching professionals who meet certain standards. It is a promise that the pro will provide the quality instruction that he or she claims to offer.
Teaching professionals directly affect the lives of both children and adults. For this reason, the National Tennis Academy® has sought, since it’s organization in 1982, to protect the interests of this segment of the public by setting standards and training persons in the tennis-teaching profession.
To ensure all pros meet basic standards, the Academy produces and administers a training and certification program consisting of 243 learning objectives with on-court training exercises. Those who successfully pass the program are authorized to identify themselves by the designation NTA®-Certified.
NTA®-Certified tennis teaching professionals are dependable and competent teachers who have agreed to abide by the organization’s Code of Ethics at all times.
For a tennis pro certified by the Academy, the road to certification was not an easy one. It required a lot of hard work and many hours of on-court practice teaching.
So, as you can see, when it comes to looking for a qualified tennis pro, certification is the student’s best friend.
Without a doubt, the strategy and tactics you choose to use at the outset of a match are extremely important. But so is the mental approach you take.
Never underestimate the importance your body language can have in determining the outcome of a match.
For example, suppose player A continuously let’s his opponent know he lacks confidence by casting his eyes downward, shrugging and berating himself when missing a shot, etc.
On the other hand, player B is as cool as a cucumber and is content to just go with the flow. No matter what the score, this player always makes an effort to suppress all negative mannerisms while displaying an air of confidence. This confidence says to the opponent, “no matter what the score I can make a comeback and win this match!”
We all know tennis is a mental game. With all other factors being equal, which player has the winning edge? Player B, of course!
So the next time you’re in a match and feel self-doubt entering your mind, just throw your shoulders back and display an attitude of confidence.
Even if you’re losing, showing your opponent you still believe you can win the match can be unnerving and might be the key to turning the tide in your favor.