Why The Future Of Pickleball Is Indoors
New York Tennis Magazine
by Press Release
1d ago
Pickleball has been the fastest-growing sport in North America for three years running, with a whopping 36.5 million players in the U.S. alone and a paddle market topping $150 million. And it’s not just for kids and older folks—the biggest group of players is young adults aged 18 to 34.  But there’s a catch: while there are almost 14,000 places to play in the U.S., the demand for indoor pickleball courts is still skyrocketing. Pickleball enthusiasts want to play year-round, rain or shine. That’s where your facility comes in. Finding the right indoor space for pickleball, however, can be a ..read more
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Tip of the Week: Talk To Yourself in Practice and During a Match
New York Tennis Magazine
by Steve Annacone
1M ago
Tennis can be a lonely sport. Until recently, even the pros were completely on their own during their matches. Although coaching is allowed on tour these days, the players still have the most control of how the match is played, as well as the outcome.  Self coaching can be extremely helpful on the court. If you hit a poor shot, try to pick one or two basic thoughts to make a correction. Tell yourself to watch the ball, recover and get ready, or follow through before you play the next point or rally. This will give you a great chance to improve on what just happened.  If you play a po ..read more
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Tip of the Week: Hit Your Spots
New York Tennis Magazine
by Steve Annacone
2M ago
Even though the game of tennis has gotten faster and faster with players hitting the ball harder and harder, there is no substitute for good ball placement. A player who can target their opponent’s weaker shot, hit the ball to the open part of the court, and use the change of direction when the player is expecting something else, will be extremely hard to beat. When watching the pros, notice how well they hit their spots. This is very evident when they are serving. Since the serve is the only shot that you have total control over, it is extremely important to be able to hit it short and wide ..read more
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Tip of the Week: Simple Doubles Strategy 
New York Tennis Magazine
by Steve Annacone
2M ago
Doubles seems like a very complicated game. Having four players on the tennis court definitely adds to the potential complexity of the points. However, a sound and simple strategy can help you overcome all of the chaos that you may encounter in a match. Use this basic strategy: try to get your first serve in play, return of serve diagonal and in play, and then begin the point with one diagonal shot after the serve and return. Most points in doubles do not get to this stage but if it does, then try to change the direction of your shot or move forward. Keep in mind that the serve and r ..read more
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Tip of the Week: Have a Go-To Serve
New York Tennis Magazine
by Steve Annacone
2M ago
Serving is always a rollercoaster ride. It is extremely likely that you have experienced the ups and downs of your serve during a tennis match. One minute, all of your serves are going in and are very effective, and the next minute you can barely swing your arm and get the ball to land in the service box. It is very important that you have a “go to” serve. When you miss a few serves and start wondering where your next serve will end up, try hitting your serve at a speed and to a location that you feel you can make nine out of ten times. My recommendation is 75% speed with spin towards the midd ..read more
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Tip of the Week: Play Your First Few Shots to Set Up The Point
New York Tennis Magazine
by Steve Annacone
4M ago
return, were all hit trying to keep my opponent from hitting the ball back. I never even realized this was happening. My competitive instincts did not allow me to follow the idea to hit the first few shots to set up the point. As a result, I lost to a lot of players who were consistent, but could not really do anything to hurt me with their shots. By altering my idea just slightly, trying to use my serve, return of serve and first couple of shots to set up the point, would have resulted in many less unforced errors on my side and a lot more success. I finally figured some of this out as I got ..read more
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Tip of the Week: Focus on the Ball, Not Your Opponent
New York Tennis Magazine
by Steve Annacone
4M ago
If you are looking towards your opponent when playing a match, you can see most, or all, of the court with your peripheral vision. As the ball is coming towards you, the amount of the court that you can see gets smaller. This is one of the reasons why we have such a hard time keeping our focus on watching the ball. Trying to pay attention to your opponent’s position, the shot that they just hit, and the shot that you are about to hit, is very difficult since you cannot watch all of these things at the same time. My advice is to keep your focus on the ball and not the player. Make contact with ..read more
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Tip of the Week: Every Player Is Different
New York Tennis Magazine
by Steve Annacone
4M ago
There is no cookie cutter recipe to create the perfect player. Each player’s strokes are different, their style is different, their mentality is different, and even their movement is different. It is important for a coach to let the player develop along the lines of their own individual characteristics. If a coach can give a player the basic technique ideas and let that player incorporate some of their own unique ideas and methods into their game, it is likely to result in a more complete development of that player. There are many things that the best players have in common-early preparation ..read more
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Tip of the Week: Use Your Weaker Shot Correctly
New York Tennis Magazine
by Steve Annacone
4M ago
Almost everyone who plays the game of tennis has one baseline shot that they prefer. Most players favor their forehand, but as the level of the player increases, many develop stronger backhands. Regardless of which shot you would rather hit, you can use the other shot to help set up the point. The first step in this process is identifying and accepting that one shot is better than the other. Once you determine this, practice hitting three or four of your weaker shots in a row. This is important because your opponent is likely to target that side of the court. If you can show them that you will ..read more
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Tip of the Week: Repeat Your Successful Shots
New York Tennis Magazine
by Steve Annacone
4M ago
Often, we are worried that if we try to hit the same shot  that was used in a winning point, our opponent will be ready for it. If you hit a great inside out forehand that wins the point, try to hit that same shot again. If you hit this same shot, you are likely to hit it well because your body and mind will work together using muscle memory. This repetition helps you do things consistently. If your opponent adjusts and starts anticipating your shot, just throw in something different once in a while. Your best plan is to hit shots that have been working during the match. Don’t f ..read more
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