Orindawoods Tennis Club Newsletter

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2024                            Insturctional Article Topic

Apr 24   Junior Development Through the Junior Years

Mar 24  Weather App and Reports, Beware of Tennis Tips

Feb 24  Damp Courts, What to Do? Twist My Arm

Jan 24   New Association Management; Club Doubles, the Biggest Errors


2023                            Insturctional Article Topic

Dec 23  Dealing with Arm Pain, The Overhead

Nov 23  Holding the Racquet; Mouse and the Sledgehammer

Oct 23   Keeping it Real, USPTA World Confrence Highlights; Control and Energy 

Sept 23   US Open Thoughts and Musings, Tennis Court Etiquette. 

Aug 23   A Misunderstanding of Force; Orindawoods Membership; A Game of Ladies and Gentlemen

July 23   The Vortex; Defending the Lob (II). 

June 23  Four Squares on a Tennis Court; Why Do We Make Mistakes

May 23   Holding On; Where Are We in Twenty-Three

Apr 23   Defending the Lob in Club Tennis

Mar 23   Oreos, Depth of Field; Balance and Luck 

Fed 23   Moment of Decision; Tennis and Skiing

Jan 23  The Pros Have it Easy :-) 


2022                            Instructional Article Topic

Dec 22  Positioning: In the Way, Instead of Out of the Way

Nov 22  More Control = Longer Rallies?, Spring Tennis, Problem Solving, 2023 Junior Program

Oct 22   USPTA Convention Lessons, Focus in Match Play

Sept 22  Play Social Tennis, Keith's US Open Journal 

Aug 22  The Same Shot

July 22  The Force of Nature

June 22  USPTA Instruction Highlights; A Koan For Tennis Improvement

May 22  Patric's Goodbye; The Warm Up

Apr 22   Catch the Wave, USTA Annual Meeting, State of US Tennis

Mar 22  Slow to Quick, Moving at the Net

Feb 22 The Orindawoods Way, The Shape of Things

Jan 22  Catching the Ball for Better Control and Confidence


2021                            Instructional Article Topic

Dec 21  Strategy and Tactics, Impressions from the USTPA Fall Convention

Nov 21  Footwork: Moving Around the Court; Pickleball Playdays / Drop-ins

Oct 21   Joy of Tennis; Finding the Balance in Play (safety and aggression) 

Sept 21  Playing to the Side, Pickleball rules

Aug 21  The Hourglass (doubles tactics); Pickleball at Orindawoods

July 21  On Hurrying; Physicsology, combining physics and physiology for success. 

June 21  Tach Line; Time and the Lob; How Muscles Work; Focus

May 21  Knowing, Doing, Believing, Being; The Ego and the Forehand Volley

Apr 21  The Natural, Two Choices, Setting Up the Volley

Mar 21  The Rhythm of Tennis

Feb 21. History of Tennis in Four Balls; The Propeller

Jan 21. Playing with Members of Your Household; Thoughts on Shelter in Place


2020                            Instructional Article Topic

Dec 20.  Depth of Field, positioning; Everything You Need, Nothing That You Don't

Nov 20. Tennis: A Competitive Game AND a Group Activity

Oct 20   The Next Shot, Serve+1 and Return+1

Sept 20 Taking It Up A Level

Aug 20. Contact: Two-One-Two; Reading and Reacting to Your Opponent's Ball

July 20  Footwork Revisited and Enhanced; Tennis Tips From Rumi

June 20 Twenty-Five Years, A Reflection; Positive Energy, An Inspiration

May 20  Resources to Help In Pandemic Times

April 20 Tennis in Times of Uncertainty; Tennis is a Receiving Game

Mar 20. Court Positioning 3.0 to 5.0, Shoulder Rotation, A Human's Advantage

Feb 20  Levels of Cool; Receiver's Partner, Moving Reduces Aiming

Jan 20  The Thinking Conundrum; How the Pros Hit So Hard


2019                             Instructional Article Topic

Dec 19  Doubles Troubles; Flying Solo; The Little Big Errors

Nov 19  Effects, Not Side Effects; One More Step; USPTA Convention Highlights

Oct 19   Play the Ball, Not the Player; Analytics

Sept 19 What Players Know; The Hardest Thing in Tennis; Avoiding the 3.5 Winner

Aug 19   Footwork: The Split Step, Styles of Play 1970 to 2020

July 19   Consistency, Dreams vs. Expectations

June 19  3.5 Thinking vs 4.5 Thinking; The Contact Challenge

May 19   Ready Position; Quickness; Experience and Reality; Receiver's Partner

April 19   Bag Check, Knowledge and Belief, The Essential, Tale of Two Shots

March 19 Shot of Choice, Serenity Tennis, The Forehand Volley

Feb 2019  Over the Net, Spin for In; Dealing With Lucky Shots; Taking It Slow

Jan 2019  The Performance Triangle


2018                               Instructional Article Topic

Dec 2018  How to Use Gravity; Six Stages of a Match

Nov 2018  Whose Your Master?, Returns, Two Big Lies, Tie Breakers

Oct 2018   Tennis Triangles; Tennis Cons; Contact: Touching and Catching

Sept 2018 Playing the Middle; Contact: Line of the Ball / Line of Your Stroke

Aug 2018  Mapping the Court, A Boat Load of Really Bad Physics, and Keeping It On The Road. 

July 2018 Targets and Jr. Lines; Target Middle; The Target Not the Ball

June 2018 Timing and Contact; The Natural

May 2018 Tactics; The Many and The Few

April 2018 Ball Alignment Pt. II; Shot Selection

Mar. 2018 Alignment In Tennis; Practicing Serves

Feb. 2018 The Alley; When to Restring

Jan. 2018 Stroke Breakdown; The Second Voice


2017                               Instructional Article Topic

Dec. 2017 Dealing with the 3.5 Sitter

Nov. 2017 Playing for "Fun"; Timing; Form, Footwork, Timing 

Oct. 2017  Workout Buddies; Round Ball / Flat Racquet

Sept 2017 Stacking in Doubles

Aug 2017  The Easy Game; A Tennis Koan

July 2017  Controling Time; A Perspective on Line Calling; Cutting Through The Air

June 2017 Rotation/Counter Rotation; Foundations of Your Game; Practice

May 2017  Calm Above, Quick Below; Bad Line Calls, A Plan; High Performance; League Tennis

April 2017  Lefties: A Different World View, Footwork Master Class

March 2017 Invisible Tennis, Form Informs Footwork

Feb. 2017  The Rain Daze; Questions For Improving Anticipation; Counter Rotation

Jan. 2017   Gravity, Keeping Loose and Tension Free


2016                               Instructional Article Topic

Dec. 2016  "Three Simple Changes for Big Results"; Being a Competitor

Nov. 2016  Four Fears, Performance Triangle

Oct. 2016   I've Been "What-ifed", Nuance of Belief, Some Points Matter, Some Don't, Targets

Sept. 2016  Let The Ball Hit The Racquet First, Nunchucks and a Rotating Axis

Aug. 2016   Time & Space in Tennis; The World (Ball) is Round

July 2016    Hard to Learn, Easy to Play

June 2016   Seeing and Believing, the Reality of Lobbing

May 2016   Knowing vs. Doing; Watching The Ball, Sometimes

April 2016   Attack or Defend?, Thoughts on Indian Wells 2016

March 2016  Firing Sequences; Presence; The Four Weapons

Feb 2916    Changing Directions: The Art of Deception

Jan 2016     Defensive Alignment: Anticipating Your Opponent's Shot


2015                               Instructional Article Topic

Dec 2015      The Cardinal Rules of Tennis

Nov 2015      Serving Plus One & Returning, Shots 1, 2 & 3 of a Doubles Point. 

Oct 2015       Buiding Your Doubles Game One Shot At A Time

Sept. 2015    Return of Serve, First and Second

August 2015  Anticipation, Getting The Most Out Of Your Game In Each Match

July 2015      The Art of Calling Lines As Best As Humanly Possible

June 2015    Character (and Dealing With Characters)

May 2015     The Life of A Tennis Ball, A Brief History; Long-term Health Benifits of Tennis 

April 2015     Ten Things: Indian Wells (lessons from the Desert)

March 2015  Tennis Over the Years: Some Things Change, Somethings Remain The Same

Feb. 2015     Playing After A Layoff; Duece Court Return Strategy; Frustration vs. Determination

Jan. 2015      Anticipation: The Nature of Indecision


2014                               Instructional Article Topic

Dec. 2014     USTA Leagues: Apples and Oranges; Spin Or Bounce Solutions At Contact

Nov. 2014      Nature of Contact, Touring Pros Have It So Easy

Oct. 2014       Know the Code of Tennis (Rules for unofficated matches), Defending Squares of the Court   

Sept. 2014     Defending the Lob, Zone Defense

August 2014   Playing With Different Level Partners; The Pain of Learning

July 2014       Learning Tennis: a Game for Everyone; Light Touch on the Ball

June 2014      A Racquet is a String Instrument, How to Move Without Moving

May 2014       Junior Issue: Parenting Your Junior on the Tennis Court

April 2014       Defending the Lob, Lessons to Learn From Roger and Stan at IW

March 2014    Shots, Situations and Crazy Characters

Feb. 2014       Dealing with Disappointment

Jan. 2014       Levels of Thought, What Can Your Racquet Do For You


2013                               Instructional Article Topic

Dec. 2013       Hitting A Crooked Ball Straight, Connecting The Dots

Nov. 2013       Chasing Spin, Getting Two Steps Faster

Oct. 2013        Unlocking Doubles: spotting the keys, Thoughts on Errors

Sept 2013       Observing the Court and the Task at Hand in Tennis

August 2013   The Illusion of 50/50 Thinkiing; Hand Signals

July 2013        Connection vs. Colison, Being Appropriate

June 2013       Playing the Ad Court

May 2013         What Pushers Understand, and What They Miss About Tennis         

April 2013         Up or Back? Coming in or staying at the baseline? 

March 2013      Acomplishing Change, Challenges and Techniques

Feb. 2013         Net Play in Modern Doubles

Jan. 2013      Improvement, Challenges and Success

2012                               Instructional Article Topic

Dec. 2012         Modern Strokes: the Perpendicular Swing

Nov. 2012         Doubles Formations

Oct. 2012          Creating Opponent's Errors

Sept 2012         Doubles: A Court of Thirds; Practicing Returning Aces

August 2012     Power & Control, You Can Have It All

July 2012          The Game Behind the Game; The Six Stages Of A Match

June 2012        Dealing With Bad Memories; Overheads and Serves

May 2012         It's The Middle, Stupid!

April 2012         Serving: Punch Up; Being A Good Winner

March 2012      Court Reservation Policy; Fun (Phun) With Physics

Jan 2012           Running The Plays: Basic Doubles Plays

Feb 2012          How the Impossible Shot Can Help You; Serving Tendencies

2011                               Instructional Article Topic

Dec. 2011          Keith's Rules For Playing Doubles; Waggling To Victory

Nov. 2011         The Only Point You Can't Afford To Lose; The Meaning of Cheating

October 2011    Doubt, Faith, Belief and Conviction: The Net vs. Baseline Battle

Sept. 2011         Balance Between Offense and Defense; 10 Things You Didn't Know About Keith

August 2011      Hitting With Power; Hot Spots, Hot Shots

July 2011           All Things Poaching

June 2011          Living with Lobbing

May 2011           Pull, Not Push Your Way To Success; What Shots, When and Where

April 2011           Ball Toss & Between Point Focus; Shot Types & Heights Over the Net

March 2011        Three Types of Movement; How Much Should You Play?

February 2011    Tennis Rule Change: Correcting Call; Doubles Quick Tips

January 2011      Where Do Most Balls Go, and How Could You Defend That


2010                       Instructional Article Topic

December, 2010    Playing Tennis in Winter Conditions