|1. Teach And Promote Tennis With Guidance Systems |
teach and Promote Tennis With guidance Systems. by Joe Dinoffer, USPTA, USPTR, ITA, USTWA. INTRODUCTION. guidance Systems? Wait a minute. Sounds more like something used in Operation Desert Storm than on a tennis court. You see, in general, tennis lessons are conducted verbally, although all learning studies
Teach and Promote Tennis With Guidance Systems
by Joe Dinoffer, USPTA, USPTR, ITA, USTWA INTRODUCTION Guidance Systems? Wait a minute. Sounds more like something used in Operation Desert Storm than on a tennis court. For tennis, the term "guidance systems" refers to any type of visual or kinesthetic training aid that literally guides a playerÂs behavior. Whether theyÂre learning the basics of a topspin forehand, fine-tuning a return of serve in doubles, or working on explosive footwork, training aids not only help players learn faster, but they can also act as a terrific marketing strategy. Since most of our readers are program directors, managers, or owners, letÂs address the marketing benefits derived from the use of training aids first and then present some practical examples of both visual and kinesthetic training aids that you can quickly and easily add to your own programming. First, consider that tennis courts are visually quite boring. The 490 feet of lines found on any court around the world never changes. Of course, onlooker interest can be generated through an exciting exhibition match or a similar high-participation club activity. But, generally speaking, we have to admit that everyday play and tennis lessons do not attract a crowd. The purpose of this article is to provide some serious options. Using highly visual training aids such as air targets (which create primary targets above the net), or physical training aids such as agility ladders or resistance devices, will not only help students learn faster, but will also create visually interesting lessons and drills that other players will want to watch.