QUOTE OF THE MONTH
"The thing is that I wasn’t really thinking a lot of things. Nothing was going through my head. How would I describe it? Nirvana. Just, like, there. Playing not thinking. I was thinking a little bit, but I was mainly thinking of each single serve, each single shot. I brainstormed and said: ‘What is going wrong, why is it not working my way?’ But then it just took off by itself. I didn’t really have too much to think of. I played more flawless. I really didn’t care, honestly. I played with no care and that increased the level of tennis that I put out there."
~ Stephanos Tsitsipas on his experience in once beating Rafa Nadal in a 5 set match after losing the first 2 sets
Heard on the Changeover
The upcoming 14th Ruth Shiflett SHOES FOR KIDS TENNIS EVENT – March 9,10 at EMERALD POINTE, PG - will feature, besides a great representation of local club players competing in Age Group Doubles, OPEN SINGLES draws showcasing the areas very best in MEN’s & WOMEN’s SINGLES for your spectating enjoyment. Public is invited to watch and consider a donation to the cause.
Improving one's ball striking skills is the obvious, never ending given. But, it’s the mostly overlooked and seldom taught difference making mental and emotional techniques that represent the ultimate path to your personal best tennis, win or lose, every single time out. Tennis is, after all, much more than just the strokes.
"Jak is a superbly talented and gifted teacher. If you want to dial-in your A-game more consistently, his book Tennis Game Theory is a must read."
- Dr. Jim Loehr
World Renowned Performance Psychologist and best-selling author
Whether you’re a tournament player, a weekend warrior, new to the game or coming back to it after a long hiatus, you have experienced moments, even extended patches of truly outstanding play. On the other hand you have also experienced entire days when nothing seemed to go right for you – consistently inconsistent. Learning to understand precisely why you’re succeeding or failing to perform up to your expectations - produced by your good results - is paramount in improving your game and enabling you to aspire higher.
Out of clutter, find simplicity. From discord, find harmony. In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.
- Albert Einstein
Jak’s ability to quickly zero-in on the differences in your play, those that ultimately account for the successes and failures both in the point and in between points, is the product of over 40 years experience and proven know how in teaching and coaching the game at every level.
His highly developed ability to both recognize and feed the exact ball a players needs to literally feel the optimal ball striking experience, coupled with the playing skill and fitness to do it on the run in one-on-one live ball situations - teaching through playing - result in repetitive perfect practice learning opportunities.
Every player is approached as an individual, one who learns in their own particular way and who grows at their own particular rate – hard wiring and previous conditioning. It’s all about the player and his or her needs, and not about those of the coach.
After working with Jak, even briefly, aspiring players' understanding of their true game and potential is markedly expanded.
"Be with what is, so that what is to be MAY BECOME."
- Kierkegaard, Philosopher