Ever wonder how a guy who has been playing tennis since he could walk wraps the overgrip on his racket handle? Wonder now more! Mauro is going to show you the fast and easy way to get this done RIGHT!
This video tip is much easier to comprehend than it is to implement - but the benefits gained by doing so will allow you to play much more relaxed tennis, hit your shots with more confidence and allow you to 'swing freely' without sacrificing accuracy!
The overwhelming number of points lost during a recreational tennis match - and even a majority at higher levels of competition - come from unforced errors. Coach Mauro is going to show you how to REDUCE your unforced errors so you can start winning more points, games, sets and matches!
A perfectly executed drop-shot is a thing of beauty - but more often than not, one of two things happen: we dump the ball into the net, or our opponent gets it easily and wins the point. Coach Mauro is going to show you a specific kind of drop shot that not only has a higher percentage than average, but will also show you how to execute it in a stealthy manner!
I've had to gently - and sometimes more firmly - tell my students over the years that it's called 'footWORK' - not 'footWALK'! In order to be prepared for our shots, we need to use the proper footwork. In this video, Coach Mauro will explain and demonstrate - in a much cooler way than I could ever do - the importance of good footwork at the baseline during a rally. Watch and learn from the master!
There are times during a match - whether you are playing singles or doubles - when you are going to have to back up. Lobs come to mind. In this video, Coach Mauro is going to show you the proper footwork to use so that you not only get to that ball, but that you are able to do something with it once you catch up to it!
A tennis match is so much like a dance - leading and following equating to offense and defense. Then there is the type of dance. Should a tennis math be more like a 'waltz' or a 'tango'? Coach Mauro is going to explain the differences between the two - and which 'dance' YOU should be using on the tennis court!
This tip is very basic - and VERY important! If we are not paying attention to the details of *exactly* how we are holding the racket from time-to-time, we can easily end up holding the racket in the wrong way. Coach Mauro is going to show you a great way to get a consistent grip that works ALL the time!
We talk a lot about preparation here at The Tennis Vault - and for good reason. Being prepared for each and every shot during a point is sort of like breathing - it;s more than just a good idea - it's absolutely essential! Coach Mauro shows you the how and why of it all in this video!
In this video, Coach Mauro is going to show you a REALLY cool way to improve the accuracy of your forehand! Mauro is a master of using analogies to get his point across - and this time is no different! Dig in and gitcha some!
Many of our members live in the south, where there are an abundance of clay courts. Even if you live where there aren't a lot of clay courts, if you play enough competitively and rise in the ranks, you will eventually end up on them. Coach Mauro is going to show you how to slide on them properly, so you can take advantage of the surface!
"Timing is everything." So true...but ESPECIALLY true on the tennis court! The BEST way to get your timing down is to practice it when you are warming up! PERSONALLY...I actually 'warm up' BEFORE the 'warm up' period with my opponent on the court! Either way, Coach Mauro is here to show you how to get your timing down - BEFORE you start your match!
Going to the net...some people hate it...some people love it...but either way, you're going to have to go there - every single time you play! Whether you want to attack your opponent or they are trying to suck you in with short balls, Coach Mauro is going to show you the best way to get there!
Have you ever thought it would be great to have your own private hitting partner ready to go at any time? Someone who will play with you as long as you want and will always hit the ball right back to you? In this tennis tips video, Coach Mauro introduces you to your new best friend - the wall!
The 'tweener...Grand Willy...whatever flavor-of-the-month it's called...the between-the-legs shot was born of necessity when players would get lobbed and had no other way to get the ball back. Coach Mauro is going to explain and demonstrate this shot like only he can! Enjoy!
In this video, Coach Mauro is going to show you how and why you want to use your legs - on all your shots - and the benefits you will gain by doing so! This is REALLY important stuff here folks!
Chess vs Checkers = Precision vs Power. In this video, Coach Mauro is going to explain why you need to become ACCURATE with your strokes before you try to become POWERFUL with them!
You're about to witness the practice routine that yours truly, Coach Kyril, did at the park with dead tennis balls. Within a year of consistent practice doing drills just like these by myself, I went from a tennis nobody who started playing my senior year of high school in 1987 to become an NCAA Division 1 All-Conference tennis player my freshman year of college in 1988. You can do it - practice, practice, practice!!!
You are going to fall behind in some of your matches - that's just a given. Always remember - if you're never behind...you can never make a comeback! If you look at some of the greatest comebacks ever, THOSE are the matches that inspire us! Why? To me, it's because we are all aware of the sacrifices that it takes to attempt a comeback - mentally, emotionally and physically - not knowing if we will be able to do it! It is the unknown that we must seek and embrace in order to give it our all! Listen now to Coach Mauro talk about this with his student Eliana, and take it to heart!
If you have the inclination, this is a GREAT way to get some practice! In this video, I explain and demonstrate how to put a mobile backboard to use!
You're going to get lobbed - we all do! So, what's the FIRST thing to do when you see it coming? In this video, Coach Mauro is going to show you how to prepare for this shot so you can increase your chances of dealing with it successfully - and either get back into the point or win it!!!
The return of serve is the second most important shot in tennis - behind only the serve! Why? It is the ONE shot that allows you to take advantage of two things: 1. The servers pace on the ball (or lack thereof) and 2. The servers placement of the ball. Discover now how to take advantage in this video from Coach Mauro!
Here is a little motivation from the MAN who has spent so many years encouraging everyone from from world-class junior players to weekend warriors. Give a close listen to his words, they are full of wisdom!
Your non-dominant arm has A LOT of work to do when you swing a tennis racket! In this video, Coach Mauro is going to explain and demonstrate to you some of the jobs the non-dominant arm has to do - and how it will help YOU start playing the best tennis of your life!
Here's part one of a 'bag check' that I did with Tom Antion, a student of mine. This man is as prepared as they come when he heads to the court, and you should be too! Check it out for some great ideas of things YOU may want to have with you during your tennis next match!
Tom Antion bag check, part two!
There are as many ways to pick up a tennis ball as there are to HIT a tennis ball! Here are six ways to pick up a ball WITHOUT bending over!