Sharpen your Axe-a metaphor!

Sharpen your Axe-A parable for Athletes (and coaches). Sharpen your Skills. The Wood-Choppers Contest Once upon a time there were two men in a wood-chopping contest. They were tasked with chopping down as many trees in the forest as they could from sun-up to sun-down. The winner would be rewarded with both fame and fortune. more »

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Why Should I Change Anything? Why Not?

Can you change your game without changing mechanics and footwork? The answer is yes, of course, sort of! I have a good case study in this. A senior player came to me and did not want to change forehand or backhand and wanted to get better. Each lesson we worked on the non-technique things such more »

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Why We Play the Game!

What drives you to compete? Racquetball players are a unique breed. From best to worst in abilities, we are out there on display for everyone to see. There is no hiding your personality when it comes to crunch time in a match. External drive-This player plays for approval. It is all about external gratification. This more »

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Health Club Citizen’s Arrest!

Okay if I could hire health club police they would arrest: 1. That man or woman who sits on the leg press machine to do 10 sets of 20 with low weights. 2. Add to #1, talks on the phone between and/or during sets. 3. That water fountain hog who brings a gallon jug and more »

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Killshots in Cleveland!

Where do I get these ideas? Mostly from folks I am teaching or folks who write in to me. Here is one I am getting quite a bit. Dear Coach W, This happens to me all the time. I get out to a good lead but lose the lead. I have a hard time keeping more »

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Guilt Trip Players!!

The guilt trip player can be a shock the first time you experience this. Let’s shorten that to GTP. The GTP plays on an athlete’s sense of fairness. The GTP knows their opponent wants to be perceived as fair. GTP takes advantage of that. Phrases like “If that is the way you are going to more »

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Don’t Go There! Go Here!

The holy grail of court positioning is the receiving line. I see many pros teaching this and the dotted line used to be where all players should go. One of the reasons this worked so well was many players used a side wall extensively. I like at least two feet behind the receiving line as more »

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Valentine’s Day Mixed Doubles Tips!

Happy Valentine’s Day! This is a special post in Honor of this great day that drives spouses, lovers, friends, and all in between to the HallMark counters! Mixed Doubles rules! If your special Valentine is truly special, and you are playing a tournament with them, follow these 7 rules for your sweetie pie! 1. Do more »

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