A lot of tennis coaches all over the world give instructions to the players and expect the student to follow it whole-heartedly. E.g. â€˜Keep your head stillâ€™, â€˜hit down to upâ€™ and so on.
Our observation of this style of teaching is that, at best, it provides short-lived results in the studentâ€™s game and in a lot of instances, increases frustration in the playersâ€™ mind.
We, at Samasam Tennis, encourage theÂ player to first become aware of â€˜what is really happeningâ€™ in front of him.
For instance, if we would like the student to hit down to up to generate more topspin, we first get the student to feel and observe his present swing. ThisÂ is achievedÂ either through observation, feel or video analysis. And then weÂ ask the student to tell us if the swing was really down to up, or straight back-straight forward or up-to-down.
We have learnt from our experience that learning and change is maximised in this way.
We encourage players to talk, ask questions andÂ tell us ifÂ theyÂ are feeling comfortable with the change etc.
Hence in this way, the player is made a willing and active participant of the change process.