Since early 2010/11, TennisApproach has steadily grown to be a leader in not only in initiating students into tennis in the Jersey City area, but also developing them to be high level players. Our mission is to take our students through a pathway in order to develop their potential. This is not easy as it takes many years and a commitment from the student, family and coaches. When you light up a child’s eyes and commit to developing that child over 5 years, you can really see the results of that child’s success. We impact hundreds of kids each year with our various tennis programs which includes, school programs, summer camp, free clinics, weekly and weekend programs. We are also about giving back and have established a non-profit arm of TennisApproach called Tennis A.C.E.S. We look forward to 2017!
Understanding Total Dynamic Warm up Movementand Proper Footwork
After years of playing, coaching and studying tennis, I’ve developed a hybrid approach that will allow anyone to develop their game at a quicker pace. Melding what I call Total Dynamic Movement (TDM) with specific aspects chosen from other teaching methods, I place an emphasis on using the proper footwork to create striking space, and couple it with modern stroketechnique. Let me explain.
The way TennisApproach defines foot work is the actual movementof the feet that gives us the setup time and balance to hit the shotoptimally. Footwork patterns are repetitive and rely on our initialdynamic movement to the ball.
It is simple. Dynamic movement is not static. It is your initial explosive movement to to the ball based on angles and directions like a compass. In tennis , when you leave your neutral hop or split step to attack the ball or react from any shot hit to you and explode to the ball, that directional movement is dynamic ,quick and explosive. The footwork, which is how your feet actually move in various patterns is how you arrive at that optimal point to be in the right space at the right time to hit the ball.
Typical types of footwork we teach at Tennisapproach are: Side step. Crossover. Skip step. Box step. Hybrid steps. Spanish two step. Karaoka. Cha Cha Cha. Side step kick out. Split step
The initial proactional and reactional explosive movement to the ball to hit it optimally. This is generally angular as in most of the X pattern movements we see in tennis but can be linear depending on your position to the ball. In tennis, you must not only dynamically move to the ball but you also have to create the correct space around the ball to strike the ball optimally. TennisApproach teaches every student the fundamentals of dynamic movement so students understand how to move to the ball and around the ball correctly.
Progression tennis allows anyone, child or adult to develop properstroke technique and dynamic movement faster than traditional feeding using a regular tennis ball. The term Progression for this graphic below is more about starting out with a slower ball and progressing to a faster ball as you are learning total dynamic movement and proper footwork patterns.
Stroke progressions are the actual step by step progressionsto learn a stroke; for example a forehand and the 5 steps in progression learn it.
TennisApproach teaches stroke progessions based on a varietyof models i.e., Vandermeer, PTR, The Spanish Method and others making it ecclectic but singular in the end, meaning you won’t learn all of the exact progressions from each. We take what we thinkis the best from each and what founder James Alfalla has uncovered and teach that ultimately to the student.
Progression tennis is the way TennisApproach teaches students to hit more balls based on age, hand-eye coordination and ability. If you can hit a slower ball over and over again and develop proper stroke technique, then you can start to move more efficiently and correctly on the court to take advantage of total dynamic movement and proper footwork.
A certified PTR " Professional Level" Adult Development Instructor, lover of the game and avid player, James Alfalla has been involved in the tennis world for well over twenty years. Bringing the training fundamentals of Lacrosse, baseball, other sports to the core athletic development philosophy of TennisApproach has been instrumental in developing tennis players . Having been schooled in a variety of teaching methods - both modern and traditional - Jim brings the experience of many to provide a singular teaching style that helps students learn and improve as quickly as possible. Whether you’re just starting out, an experienced junior, or even a seasoned adult, Jim and staff have the experience to take your game to a new level.
Teaching Professional at Randi Mani Tennis Academy , worked with and Coached Top 50 Eastern Section Juniors which moved on to play for colleges such as Bucknell, University of Michigan, etc. U.S. PTR Certification,
Pat Ethchiberry Certification for Strength , Conditioning and movement
Sanchez- Casal Spanish Training Method Workshop
Sanchez- Casal - Level 1 Competitive Junior Ages 12-18 Certification
PTR Certification Adult Development Professsional. USTA EDC training camp professional coach.