The Inner Game of Tennis – Part 1

The Inner Game of Tennis – Part 1

The ‘Inner Game of Tennis’ is a book and thesis by W. Timothy Gallwey first published in 1974. It explores the relationship between the subconscious mind, which is intuitive, and the conscious mind which requires thoughtful direction but is not intuitive. The key to excellence is to quiet the chatter of your conscious mind and let…

It’s a Racket

”Tennis is boxing, it’s a violent sport, one against the other and it’s boxing without contact”. So said Andre Agassi  –  shots come at you and you feel them like a boxer. The difference is that you have an arm extension in the form of a racket with which to do your hitting. It’s the…

Holding the Racket

There are different grips for different strokes but the most common grips are the Eastern, Western and Continental and several variations within these three basic grips. These grips evolved as the most comfortable way to hold the racket depending on the type of court surface you are playing on. The Eastern and Western grips got their…

Strokes and Shots

A ”stroke” in tennis terms means the action of the racket to the ball. The action can be swinging the racket, throwing or punching depending on whether you are playing groundstrokes, serving or volleying. Sound stroke-making is the basis of all good tennis and it helps to have some lessons from a Baseline Academy professional coach. Groundstrokes These are really swinging strokes…