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Getting away can be best tonic

This past weekend I went to a beautiful spot in Payson that's in a valley (near the Tonto Natural Bridge), surrounded by high mountains, a creek, only four or five houses, and just a place where you can recapture yourself and your thoughts while hiking around.

Sometimes it takes getting away from your normal surroundings to let your brain rest.

It is the second year that I have not gone down to Tucson and played in the mandatory Senior Southwest Tennis Tournament, and I miss doing that, but it'll come back around in a couple years I hope. It's just pretty tough right now to take 4 or 5 days off to make the trip that is necessary for a Southwest ranking.

Dick McGaw and Ken Jackson did go down and made it to the finals of the men's 60 doubles before losing a tough three setter to local Dave Tucker and his partner. Dick is a former Southwest winner in singles and doubles, while Ken is one of our local tennis professionals.

Bernie Adam (Yavapai Tennis Acadamy at PHS) attended the USPTA Southwest Convention in Mesa a couple weeks ago and has been updated on all the latest teaching tecniques, mental and physical, not to mention fun times just talking with your teaching peers and friends from the Southwest section.

The November one-day tournament that is set for Nov. 23 at the Roughrider Tennis Center, has been changed from singles to doubles. It will now be called the "Turkey Trot Doubles", with A-B and C events. Turkey hot dogs will be served. To enter you can call 445-1331. It could just be too cold for standing around waiting for courts to open with singles, thus the change for this time of year, sorry.

The Winter/Fall tennis schedule for Yavapai College's next semester will be coming out soon.

Did You Know …

*What grip do you use when hitting a forehand groundstoke? Pete Sampras-Eastern; Marcelo Rios-Eastern; Patrick Rafter-Eastern; Carlos Moya-Western; Andre Agassi-Semi-Western; Lindsay Davenport-Eastern; Venus Williams-Semi-Western; Martina Hingis-Eastern; Monica Seles-Two hands on both sides.

*That most tennis camps focus on one or two strokes a day, playing points, and then give analysis for feedback.

Day 1: Forehand-Serve.

Day 2: Backhand-Serve-Return of serve.

Day 3: Volley-Serve-mental conditioning.

Day 4: Drop Shot-Lob-Serve-Doubles Strategy.

Day 5: Consistency-Placement-Serve-Singles Strategy.

Day 6: Review of Strokes-Serve-Warm Up Technique.

Day 7: Return of Serve-Serve-Specialty Shots.

*Every day they serve, play points and games.

*Playing the perfect match takes a lot of quality practice considering the following items:

Attitude-Physical Fitness-Mentality-Court Strategy-Techniques to win-Nutrition-Tactics-Playing your strengths and protecting your weeknesses-Outside pressure-Inner pressure-Serving to win-Being able to adjust.

*The pyramid of tennis levels is broken down into 5 main areas. At the top it beings with the Elite players…the tourning professionals.

2. National Level.

3. State and college level.

4. School level.

5. Recreational and entry level.

*SMART Goals.

Specific-you and your coach know exactly what the goal is.

Measurable-your progress toward the goal can be meaasured by yourself and others.

Attainable-you are able to make progress and attain the goal.

Relevant-the goal is relevant to your development as a tennis player.

Time frame-you have a time you expect to attain the goal.

Chris Howard is a local USPTA Tennis Professional with over 30 years in the racquet and fitness industry. He can be reached at 445-1331 or 4541choward@earthlink.net

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