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Sherby: Focus on your current point

It's much easier to compete when your mind is focused on the particular point you're playing right now.

November 07, 2009 | | Sports

Sherby: Don't over grip your racket

Iron grip? Tired arm?

October 03, 2009 | | Sports

Sherby: Double-faults are a natural occurance

World-class players double-fault; they do it all the time, just like us. You'd think they were way past the point of double-faulting but there are some very good reasons why it still happens, at all levels:

September 12, 2009 | | Sports

Sherby: Crosscourt the safe bet

In singles, at all levels of play, the preferred direction for groundstroke exchanges is crosscourt, not down-the-line. Here are the reasons:

August 08, 2009 | | Sports

Better Tennis: Players sometimes behave strangely

Competition does interesting things to people: It brings out their true personality, good and bad.

August 02, 2009 | | Sports

Sherby: For best results use a hybrid string combination

Your main strings are the longer ones that do most of the hard work; they're also the ones that almost always break first. Cross strings are there to support the mains.

July 18, 2009 | | Sports

Sherby: Firm grips provide racket control

Everybody has felt a firm handshake, a limp handshake and a "death grip."

July 11, 2009 | | Sports

Rituals key to success

Watch any accomplished player and you'll see a remarkably consistent set of ritualistic behavior between points.

June 27, 2009 | | Sports

Sherby: Good players don't waste their first serve

Once I gave a lesson to a good athlete who was struggling with his serve. He loved to smack the first serve as hard as possible because when it went in, it was virtually impossible for anyone to return.

June 20, 2009 | By Gary Sherby For The Times | Sports

Better tennis: Keep string tension consistent

Top-level players with highly-refined strokes want consistency in their games.

June 06, 2009 | | Sports

Sherby: Use lead tape to customize your frame

Get your racket out and look at the string face. Notice particularily where there strings in the center are becoming frayed and discolored. That's your sweet spot; the exact spot where you habitually hit the ball.

May 30, 2009 | By Gary Sherby For The Times | Sports

Sherby: How to get in proper ready position

Let's check your ready position:

May 24, 2009 | | Sports

Sherby: Improving concentration

Do you have trouble concentrating on the ball? Do you regularily mis-hit? Do you hear the sweet sound of "ponk" or something else?

May 17, 2009 | | Sports

Sherby: Learning requires constant repetition

Take a lesson from any tennis pro and you will notice that he or she always brings a hopper full of tennis balls to the court. Every teaching pro realizes that practicing positive changes in tennis come from repeating correct techniques over and over until they become habitual under pressure.

May 02, 2009 | | Sports

Sherby: Tennis is cheap

Tennis is a relatively inexpensive sport to play. All you really need is a strung racket, decent shoes, balls and shorts. Oh yeah, maybe a T-shirt.

April 25, 2009 | | Sports

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