The dreaded tiebreaker: that moment when all of your hard work and progress hangs in the balance, and it all comes down to a few measly points. Perhaps the scariest thing about tiebreakers is that few people really seem to know how to approach them, which is why it’s one of the common questions that we hear as coaches. In this episode we’ll cover what works, what doesn’t work and why so you can be better-equipped to win next time you face off in a tie break.
We’ve all heard an aggressive “C’MON!!” on the tennis court before. Is it rude or kosher? Is it gamesmanship?? On today’s episode of the Shankcast podcast you’ll hear three lifelong tennis players and coaches candidly share their thoughts on celebrating after tennis points, games or matches. You may just learn a little something about yourself and mental toughness along the way! Hope you enjoy our tennis banter.
Djokovic is one is one of the most accomplished players in the history of the game; and yet in spite all his success, he doesn't receive the same love and popularity as Federer, Nadal or Serena... In fact, numerous tennis fans flat-out don't like him. What has Novak done (or not done) to deserve being the black sheep at the top? We've got some opinions of our own – so sit back, relax and enjoy this episode of the Shankcast!
It speaks a lot to a person’s love of tennis – that they would invest their valuable time and money into weekly lessons to improve their game. So here’s the big question: are you really getting the MOST out of those lessons you possibly can? In this episode of the Shankcast podcast we draw from our collective 75+ years teaching on court and lay out the best mindset and attitude to have during your lesson, the best way to prepare (and follow up), and the top things that keep most students from success...
There’s no question about it: every parent of an aspiring tennis player wants to see their child succeed and be the best they can be. Yet despite the best intentions, being a tennis parent can be a tricky thing, and if approached the wrong way can risk spoiling your child’s enjoyment of the game – or worse – your relationship with them. We put our experiences as coaches (and parents) out in the open and hope you and your child can benefit from what we’ve learned along the way. Enjoy the banter!
Doubles partner drama is a universal part of playing tennis which is why this episode of the Shankcat podcast is critical to listen to! Lifelong coaches Kevin, Megan and Ian will discuss the ins and outs of dealing with negativity, ball calls, coaching, and low levels with doubles partners. They’ll even share their thoughts on how to “break up” with your partner and move on to happier times on the court. We hope you enjoy our tennis banter!
There is a timeless battle all tennis players feel between wanting to win matches and wanting to improve their swing technique. Should you fix your serve or go with “old faithful” since team season is in full swing? Today you’ll hear the unfiltered thoughts of three lifelong coaches as they discuss that paradox and much more having to do with managing your improvement process on the court. Please enjoy our tennis banter on this episode of the Shankcast podcast!
Are your tennis lessons actually moving you in the right direction or are they wasting your time? In this special episode of the Shankcast podcast you’ll hear three lifelong tennis coaches with a combined 75 years of experience on the court bare all and spill the beans about what makes a good tennis lesson, a bad tennis lesson, and everything in between. Hope you enjoy our tennis banter!
What's the best tennis racquet of all time? Who factors should you look at when deciding the right racquet for yourself? Find out what weight, balance, size and stiffness are right for you and also take a trip down memory lane with Megan, Kevin and Ian as they discuss frames with a very special guest on this episode of the Shankcast podcast. Enjoy our tennis banter!
Do you get frustrated with tennis players who “throw” games, sets, or even whole matches to try and keep their rating low? If so you can’t miss the roundtable discussion in this episode of the Shankcast because Kevin, Megan and Ian are joined by a special guest who has first hand experience in massaging his record of play. Hear firsthand what thoughts, opinions, and arguments float to the surface as they hash out the tricky topic of ratings and competition. Enjoy the tennis banter!