Tip of Week Tennis
Lessons: Improving Your Backhand Volley with Atlanta Tennis
Coach Jeff MichaudFor
Good Tennis Backhand Volleys Give the "Safe" SignA
common flaw in many club players' backhand volleys is their
tendency to chop down on the ball, allowing the racquet head
to drop below wrist level.
Usually, the result is a volley
hit off-balance with so little pace and control that it catches
the net. To
hit a more effective backhand volley, keep your wrist firm
and, instead of chopping down on the ball, flatten out your
Think of yourself as a baseball umpire giving
a "safe" signal when you hit the ball. As
you punch forward on your volley, your free arm should extend
away from your body simultaneously in the opposite direction
to help you maintain your balance and keep your volleying
motion crisp and compact. By hitting "safe" and
sure backhands volleys, you'll find yourself scoring more
often at the net. This tip goes equally well for any backhand
shot in tennis.
This tip comes from the USPTA website tip of the day. Come
out and see Atlanta Tennis Coach Jeff Michaud to learn more
useful tennis tips.Atlanta
Round Robin Group TennisThe
City of Atlanta has several very good tennis centers that provide a variety of programs from Cardio
Tennis, tennis clinics as well as Round Robin Tennis events.
The one that I work out
of and recommend most highly is the Bitsy
Grant Tennis Center on North Side Drive Atlanta. Mary
Craven 770-662-6162 runs the Round Robin.
When you call, tell her your level. She will plug you into
the draw. You will play 20 minute mini doubles matches and
the winner moves up the draw, losers move down. The cost is
$7 on Sundays and $8 on Fridays. I
encourage people to try to attend these, which is very good
for your game. These weekly events last about 2 hours, and
run Friday's & Sunday's.
These events attract everything
from the low intermediate players to the very advanced players.
In order to attend, you should be able to hit at least a little,
serve at least 5 out of 10 balls into the service box and
keep score. For more info please call the numbers below.
Round Robins Fridays, Atlanta
7:00 and Sundays 4:00.
Call Mary Craven 770-662-6162
Grant Tennis Center 404-609-7193
The center features 12 hard surface tennis courts and 12 clay
courts tht are currently being resurfaced. Scheduled re-opening
is mid-November. The
center also offers clinics, cardio-tennis, tennis instruction
and youth and senior programs.Atlanta Cardio Tennis TrainingLearn How To Burn
body workout trainingFun
Group Activities and Group TrainingImprove
levels of abilityNon-stop
workouts and TrainingLocations
or more people5
or less people
Call Today 404-451-8872 Major
Benefits of Cardio Tennis
Participants consistently elevate their heart rates into their aerobic training zone.
• You can burn more calories than singles or
• You get short cycles of high intensity workout
and periods of rest, almost like interval training.
• While you are playing tennis, the focus is
primarily on getting a great workout.
• Improve your tennis skillsCoaching
Groups, privates sessions, clinics, workout sessions, teaching
or playing sessions.
offering Group Cardio Tennis and fitness classes at Frankie
Allen Park in the Buckhead area of Atlanta Georgia 30305.Please
contact Jeff at 404.451.8872 Travel
limits are to just outside the perimeter of Atlanta Georgia. Certifications:
USPTA, AMFPT, GPTA (Georgia
Professional Tennis Association), USTA.Schedule
See Jeff's Tennis BlogIf
you choose to take a private class please call Jeff to schedule
appointments. Jeff is available full time for private and
semi-private lessons or personal training.Frankie
Allen Park is in Buckhead section of Atlanta, Between Piedmont
and Peachtree Street. From Piedmont take a left on Pharr Road
and then the Park is on the left.How
To Choose The Right Tennis Racquet and Tennis Equipment
Articles By : Dan Kester
PLAY TENNIS, Atlanta GAGETTING
STARTED IN TENNIS
Atlanta has the largest registered public
tennis community in the United States.
There are over 150,000
active players in several leagues across metro Atlanta. The USTA season is in full swing. The ALTA
Mixed Doubles season starts the beginning of
January. The registration deadlines for K-Swiss, T2Tennis, Visionary
Tennis, and Peach
Tennis are fast approaching. Are you ready to
play? If you are a new player or just coming back from a long
retirement, here is a small list of equipment that you will
need to make your tennis experience
A TENNIS RACQUET
The average price for a new tennis racquet is about $180.
However, all manufacturers have a beginners racquet at $100.
And if appropriate, there are discontinued racquets as low
as $70. Racquets are made to help the player with power or
control, depending on your skill level and athletic abilities.
Strings will add an additional $4 - $20.
Read more about :> HOW TO CHOOSE
A TENNIS RACQUET
> HOW TO CHOOSE
> HOW TO CHOOSE
THE RIGHT TENNIS SHOES
The two main differences in tennis shoes and cross
trainers are the level of lateral support and the shank system
on the bottom of the shoe to stabilize the foot on flat services.
All tennis shoes have some level of both. The high stability
shoes tend to be all leather and slightly heavier. The lightweight
shoes have a minimum level of support, but have the added
benefit of being ventilated to cool the foot. Shoes can range
from $40 - $110, with the average price around $80.
Read more about : > HOW TO BUY FOOTWEAR
THE RIGHT TENNIS CLOTHING
Sure, you can wear that old holey cotton t-shirt and sweatpants.
But, there is clothing that will help make your playing more
enjoyable. Shirts are made with wicking fibers that pull the
moisture away from the skin and release that moisture quicker
to keep you cooler and drier. All tennis shorts have deeper
pockets to hold the tennis balls. Skirts generally have tennis
panties under them to hold tennis balls as well. Socks made
for tennis have extra padding on the soles and are made with
similar wicking fibers. Wear what you have for free, or buy
a new outfit for under $75.
Read more about :
You can buy $1.99 cans of balls at the grocery store or the
major sporting goods chains. But, those balls are made with
rubber with fillers (sand, sawdust, and air pockets). They
are acceptable balls for casual hitting, but will not last
as long during competitive play. The $2.99 balls that are
for sale at I
PLAY TENNIS, are made with a solid rubber, air
filled core. They will bounce longer and are made with a more
durable felt. Most players use a new can for one or two matches.
So, make it a New Year's Resolution to get on the courts.
Whether it is to begin a new sport, or pick back up an old
PLAY TENNIS is your one shop stop in town for
your tennis needs.
Ansley Mall | Atlanta, GAAdvanced
Level Tennis Drills & Doubles Match Playing in Atlanta*******
& SKILL IMPROVEMENT | 1 HOURThis
class would be a fast paced tennis drill and strategy class
for the more advanced tennis player. Will
be limited to about 3 people, will go as high as 5. 1-3 people $30 each.
4-5 people $25 each
RSVP required. 404-451-8872*******
& PLAY | 1 HOUR 30 MINUTES30
minutes would be drill and 1 hour of play, breaking down points
and situations. 3-4
people $35 eachRSVP
and USTA Team Coaching
is available to coach Women's, Men's and Coed tennis teams
for either ALTA or USTA teams.
is a USPTA certified pro with 10 years coaching experience.Jeff
does a full line of drills and strokes work to get you and
the team up to the next level.
more about...ALTA (Atlanta Lawn Tennis Association)USPTA (United States Professional Tennis Association)