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An Introduction to the Modern Forehand: Preparation

Hi everyone! 

Over the next few entries, we plan on breaking down the steps that we believe are the most important to hitting a forehand in the modern game. Below you will be able to read more about the grip and preparation but don't worry! We will cover footwork, contact, and finish in later installments.

1.     The Grip

    o   There are few different grips that are utilized when hitting a forehand.

Eastern Forehand Grip

Eastern Forehand Grip

Western Grip

Western Grip

Semi-Western

Semi-Western

2.     The preparation

     o   Upper body

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         §  Turn shoulders towards your                           dominant side (Right for righties;                   left for lefties)

         §  Hold the racquet so that it is                           perpendicular to the group. Pretend               like you are hanging the racquet on                 an invisible wall.*

         §  Use the non-dominant hand for                       balance and tracking the ball.

      o   Lower body

        §  Turn hips and stance towards the dominant side to a semi-open stance (see below).
        §  Be sure to bend knees in preparation for contact

If you have any questions on how this applies to your game specifically or for more granular details, please do not hesitate reaching out to any of our coaches. For information about later stages of the forehand, stay tuned for the next post! 

See you out on the court! 
Steven

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20th Annual Summer Camp: 5 Questions for Seth Korey

Hi Everyone! 

To celebrate the 20th annual SKTA summer camp, I thought that I'd ask a few questions of the guy that started it all. Enjoy! 

Q: What was the camp like in the first few years compared to today? 

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A: "I was in my mid-20s and we worked out of the Scottsdale Plaza Resort. I remember jumping from pool to pool because security didn't like us swimming in the pools.  The first year was memorable because I bought squirt guns for every student, had 30-40 students, and even though I didn't make any money, I was happy. 

Now, times have changed and I have to oversee so many different components and all facets of the business. So much is required minute of the camp everyday. "

Q: What gave you the idea to start a tennis camp? 

A: "I didn't know what I wanted to. I had so many jobs. I knew that I needed to tie in tennis with psychology and business degree. Back in the beginning, I never thought it would be something I'd do for the rest of my life and even considered going go to grad school at some point. However, it is gratifying working with 1000s of kids over the years. Over time, I learned what to do and not to do growing up playing in many camps." 

Q: How has tennis in Arizona changed since you began your program? 

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A: "Overall, there are so many different tennis camps and multi-sport camps. I've noticed pickleball grow in popularity.  Across the state, tennis is not as popular but by looking at the attendance of our camp, you wouldn't know. Also, with the introduction of red, orange, green dot ball tennis, you see success from players as young as 4."

Q: What are some of your favorite memories running a tennis camp over the last 20 years? 

A: "Some of the best memories don't involve tennis but include water balloon fights that went on for 30 min, kids enjoying the pool, and movies each week. Also, some former students are now sending their kids."

Q: What makes you excited for this year? 

A: "The most gratifying is seeing students happy and improving. Knowing that we have introduced tennis to 1000s of students and that we are able to help players grow from early age to elite level."

 

 

 

 

By Steven Gilliam

Thank you for 2018

Hi everyone

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Hope everyone is having a phenomenal holiday season with friends and family members. We wanted to take a moment and extend a few well-deserved thank-yous. Firstly, to our players for putting in hours of hard work throughout the year and then, to the parents for not only creating a positive environment for their young players but also for supporting Seth Korey Tennis.

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This year has been on for the record books. Overall, as this year comes to an end, we wanted to share with you some of our memories of 2017 and of course mention what excites us in the new year.  In 2017, we saw enrollment reach highs in years and the expansion to working with even more schools for our after-school programs. Our players and coaches all bought into the red/ orange/ green ball progression and as a result, we noticed big strides in the improvement of our players. Furthermore, our match-play days have boasted more than 50 players during which players each generally played 3 different opponents. This renewed focus on matches can only improve a young player’s performance and opportunities to reach their individual goals. We continued to develop age-appropriate athletic development in each of our programs so that our students establish healthy habits as they grow up. With the introduction of adult classes, we are able provide an opportunity for some to pick up a racquet for the first time in years or learn a new skill. Looking forward to the new year, we are excited to continue to work with our students by expanding to more schools. Also, staring January 7th, each Sunday from 9 AM-10:30 AM, we are continuing our Adult Classes.

Thank you all again for an amazing year and we look forward to a great 2018!