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EPISODE 25 – DR. JIM LOEHR

EPISODE 25 – DR. JIM LOEHR

In this episode:In this episode, Steve Smith and Andy Fitzell discuss the history and impact that Jim Loehr has had on their students and their tennis teaching curriculum. His contributions to tennis have been major league. They certainly concur with a statement made...

EPISODE 24 – THE ONE-HANDED UNDERSPIN BACKHAND

EPISODE 24 – THE ONE-HANDED UNDERSPIN BACKHAND

In this episode:In this episode, tennis coaches Steve Smith and Andy Fitzell cover the one-handed underspin backhand. The shot is commonly referred to as the "slice" backhand in tennis terminology. One is assured to learn the nuts and bolts of the shot as well as X's...

EPISODE 22 – TENNIS  IN RUSSIA PT. 1

EPISODE 22 – TENNIS IN RUSSIA PT. 1

In this episode:In this episode, Steve Smith and Andy Fitzell discuss tennis in Russia. This is part one of a two-part series on tennis in Russia. Topics include: Tennis parent Natalia Sorokina Soviet sports History Spartak club Trips to Russia Russian success formula...

EPISODE 21 – THE OVERHEAD

EPISODE 21 – THE OVERHEAD

In this episode:In this episode, tennis coaches Steve Smith and Andy Fitzell discuss the overhead smash. Topics include: Technique Scratch the back & point Hitting down The trophy look Movement Mentality Palm up Grip Body coil The role of the non-dominant arm Online...

EPISODE 20 – BILL JACOBSON

EPISODE 20 – BILL JACOBSON

In this episode:In this episode, Steve Smith and Andy Fitzell discuss charting pioneer and father of modern tennis statistics Bill Jacobson. Topics include: Background Education Computennis Charting certification CT-120 charting machine Stats for T.V. Terms and...

EPISODE 19 – THE BACKHAND

EPISODE 19 – THE BACKHAND

In this episode:In this episode, Steve Smith and Andy Fitzell discuss the backhand groundstroke. Topics include: How not to teach the backhand Evolution of the two-handed backhand Grip Swing Body Footwork Contact Backhands & brain types 1-handed vs 2-handed...

EPISODE 18 – PERSONALITY & BRAIN TYPES

EPISODE 18 – PERSONALITY & BRAIN TYPES

In this episode:In this episode, Steve Smith and Andy Fitzell discuss personality and brain types. They introduce the work of Katharine Cook Briggs and Isabel Briggs Myers (mother and daughter), and Jon Niednagel and Jeremy Niednagel (father and son ).   The...

EPISODE 17 – JOEY JOHNSON INTERVIEW

EPISODE 17 – JOEY JOHNSON INTERVIEW

In this episode:In this episode, Steve Smith and Andy Fitzell interview mindset development coach Joey Johnson.  Topics include: Background "Worthy To Win" Advice for tennis parents College tennis experience Developing a healthy mindset Self-worth and winning...

EPISODE 16 – SPENCER JOHNSON INTERVIEW

EPISODE 16 – SPENCER JOHNSON INTERVIEW

In this episode:In this episode, Steve Smith and Andy Fitzell interview Spencer Johnson. He is the son of Joey and Wendy Johnson. Spencer, who grew up in Utah, recently signed a letter of intent to play tennis for UCLA. The future Bruin has spent years working with...

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