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February Tennis Tip:

Know Thyself

By Molly Carr - February 7, 2016

February Tennis Tip: Know Thyself
My thought for the tip was ultimately 'Getting the W' in the name of the Denver Broncos today. Can you just set out to win? Yes but you better have a strategy. What gets us a loss? Interceptions, Fumbles, broken plays. And yes, also a defense (opponent) that foils our plans and then there's that fickle variable - an opponent that outplays us with thier offense. All of these components add into the W...or not. Eliminating the faults and increasing the offense success is what 'Gets the Dub (W).'


Peter Farrell has joined an elite group of coaches’ worldwide by becoming the first Irish coach to achieve the status of “ITF Expert” and has taught tennis for more than 30 years. He works in the field of coach education and development in Ireland and has written coaches’ training courses for Tennis Ireland. As well as developing courses, he acts as a tutor and assessor at all levels of the Tennis Ireland coaches training scheme.

He created the following Player Assessment Sheet for these reasons: 
"1. It allows me to see how realistic is the players analysis of his or her own game. When working with a player whose game I know, it is interesting to complete a separate assessment sheet at the same time as the player, and then look at where we agree and disagree. 2. Completing it twice, once at the beginning of a set of lessons and once again at the end, allows the player to see concrete areas of improvement achieved over a period of time. 3. It allows the player to have an input into what the lessons will focus on, thus building the independent and self-reliant spirit which tennis demands. The subject matter of the lessons that follow are seen to be based on a cooperative process rather than one wholly directed by the coach. 4. It is an ideal and very useful `rainy day` activity, which often leads to interesting discussion. For example, is a low mark on the backhand passing shot related to a technical, tactical, physical or psychological problem? NOTE. The sheet does not aim to be totally exhaustive of all possible permutations and combinations that can arise in playing the game. Rather it is designed to be completed relatively quickly, and be of value to as broad a range of players as possible. ​"

Hopefully you can print this out to use for a lesson, a match or practice. Also, I feel it can be a tool to use for remembering all weapons you have while incorporating some goal setting. This will make for an all around play assessment. Please write back if you like this tool, enter your thoughts on our testimonials page: and I will feature your comments in my next email and on Facebook! Know Thyself.