Add SPARK and SPARKLE to Your Game

OMG! July 4th is upon us and Eastman’s tennis players have a lot to celebrate. Raise the flag. Light some sparklers. Storm the courts. (oops. . . that’s for Bastille Day.) But, seriously, it’s time to get to the courts on Draper Road any way you can. Our exciting new tennis program is beginning!

  • Do you want to be the player that everyone wants to play with?
  • The one at the top of everyone’s sub list?
  • Or, maybe you’re just ready to elevate your game from “hacker” to “player”?

It may be time for a tune-up!

While team practices focus on strategy and positioning, drills in an Adult Intermediate Clinic focus on the mechanics of stroke production you need to develop consistency and commit fewer unforced errors.

“Players” who have played “for a while” (like maybe 20, 30, or even 40+ years like me), as well as up-and-coming superstars with a few years on their jazzy Nikes or Asics, know the value of practice, practice, and more practice. But, practicing bad habits and incorrect stroke production, not only “plateaus” a player, it can lead to the dreaded tennis elbow or other injuries. And, injuries mean time away from a sport you love.

Tennis is not “like riding a bike.” Time away from the sport–even a few months–erodes skills and timing. Technology has changed and play has changed: ask anyone who has played with younger players schooled in topspin and open stances. A couple of lop-sided singles losses to hot-shot (literally) 30-somethings a few years ago had me running to my local pros, racquet emblazed with an SOS. For me, and lots of other players on the intermediate-to-advanced spectrum, Darwinism comes into play. Adapt or go down crying at every missed shot, errant smash, or anemic service return.

And a good workout!

Cardios may be the thing for you–and me. Requiring more stamina and speed than skill, cardio sessions combine fitness and ball movement under the direction of a certified pro. These sessions have been extremely popular in private clubs for a couple of decades now and are a great way to improve footwork. You won’t become a Roger Federer (the Baryshnikov of tennis footwork), but you will get your heart rate up and your reaction time tested. You’ll find me in Eastman’s groups this summer trying desperately to find the footwork and foot speed that I’d lost after giving up playing competitive singles. Sessions are being held early mornings to beat the heat: 7:30-8:30 on Tuesdays and Thursdays and from 8 to 9 on Saturdays.

A buzz of excitement has been in the air, and on the dirt (courts), since the announcement was made that Josh Holt is Eastman’s new pro. The time to sign up for clinics, lessons, and/or cardio workouts with Josh is RIGHT NOW! Clinics for ADULT BEGINNERS and INTERMEDIATES, and JUNIORS from ages 5-13 begin this week. Click on this link to see a detailed schedule of all the clinics and sessions this summer.

Who among us mortal players (those of us not Roger Federer or Serena Williams) could not use a little tweaking to our games from time to time? Maybe you once had great form and skills, but a long lay-off or injury has you out of rhythm and spending more time retrieving balls than playing long rallies. Adjustments may be necessary. Even my personal idol, the “old man” on the pro tour, Roger Federer, who has admitted to losing foot speed (a nanosecond) in recent years, has added a drop shot to his game. At the risk of being trite: It’s never too late to learn. And, “craftiness” counts in winning points.

So, what are you waiting for? Tennis is a sport for a lifetime. Call RVC’s FITshop at (603)-643-3627 to sign up for clinics, lessons, or cardio sessions at Eastman.

and a final note . . .

Do you know someone who would like to learn to play tennis? Beginning players today have the advantage of learning the “new” style of play, two-handed backhands, topspin, open stances, right from the start. ADULT BEGINNER sessions are being offered both on Wednesday mornings from 9:30 – 11 and Thursday evenings, 7 – 8. JUNIOR clinics and camps also begin this week. Call RVC’s FITshop (603)-643-3627 today to sign-up your kids or grandkids for clinics or Junior Camps. Tennis is like learning a language; the younger you start, the easier it is–and FUN.

Please share this email with anyone whom you think would like to learn to play tennis. The public is welcome to participate in our new programming at non-ECA Member rates.

judi platt

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