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WELCOME to JR's Corner

Welcome  to JR's Tennis Pro Corner.  JR is the Tennis Pro for Trilogy at Power Ranch.  Here  you will find information about him and all of his tips for taking  your game to the next level.

Here is what JR offers to the Community and his rates which are extremely reasonable.

JR will provide a private lesson at $25/per hour. A semi lesson is $40/hour ($20/person).

Clinics are also available at $10/person/hour with a maximum of 4 people. Live ball is also $10/person/hour with a minimum of 4 people and a maximum of 6.

JR’s specific programs include:

  • Correct grip for your type and style of tennis

  • Forehand ground strokes

  • Backhand ground strokes

  • Approach shots

  • Net play, including forehand & backhand volleys

  • Overhead

  • Serve & return of serve

  • Short game tennis

  • Strategy in singles and doubles

  • Ball judgement

  • Balance and hand-eye coordination

  • Footwork coordination

  • Concentration drills and skills

  • Hitting with the Tennis Coach

JR’s currently will be available on Mondays and Wednesday from 12:00 noon until 3:00. To book an appointment you can email him at jrherrick@mac.com or text him at 480-818-0493. Please make sure to leave your name and let him know you are from Trilogy. Residents are responsible for booking the court.

Check in regularly for helpful tips and tools from JR. 

Lessons are only for Trilogy Residents. No guests are permitted to use Trilogy tennis courts for lessons.

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Good Morning

 

I know some of you might be getting tired of me emphasizing the importance of Proper Breathing when you are playing Tennis.  Either you think I’m AB BEE NORMAL or don’t believe in this concept.  That’s okay - it’s entirely up to you.  All I know is how it helps me to achieve a higher level of Relaxation, Focus & Concentration.  All of these benefits helps me Slow the Game Down to Play better Tennis.  Hopefully the Medical Article I just read and will try to highlight below will reinforce what I am asking all of you to do on the Tennis Courts.  

 

Remember - Eating is through your Mouth and Breathing is through you Nose.  

The National Institutes of Health states: “Self-training in resonance breathing lowers stress, blood pressure and improves mood.”  One simple exercise is the KEY - Resonance Breathing.  "The exercise couldn’t be simpler — all it involves is “slowing down your breathing — inhaling and exhaling for a count of five.”  Inhale by your nose and count to five.  Now exhale out your mouth, and count the same.  (The article actually said out your Nose but I like out your Mouth when I play sports.)  “This will slow your breathing down to the rate of about six breaths per minute and will increase your heart rate variability.  There is even research which shows that practicing resonance frequency breathing can reduce your anxiety and improve your cognitive performance,” Dr. Sood said.  This is EXACTLY what you should be striving to do on the Tennis Courts

 

- Stay CALM & CONCENTRATE.  Do four or five count breaths in, hold four to five counts, release four to five counts, and then hold four to five counts - Repeat when you feel out of breath, tension or anxiety while playing tennis.  

Medically speaking, The benefits of Nasal Breathing through your nose provides your body with Nitric Oxide.  Enzymes responsible for nitric oxide production have been demonstrated both in the nose and in the paranasal sinuses.  Nitric Oxide is a potent bronchodilator and vasodilator.  Therefore, breathing through your nose helps lower blood pressure and significantly increases the lung’s oxygen absorbing capacity.  

 

More benefits of proper breathing - When you improve your heart rate variability, this will activate your parasympathetic nervous system which will help decrease your sleep onset and improve your sleep quality.  Call me Crazy or AB BEE NORMAL but who doesn’t want to sleep better and play better tennis?  Sign me up!  

 

What some patients have said about Proper Breathing:  

"I have been doing the proper breath work, but had no idea of the science behind it."  

“I knew the five-five helped but now I know why, thanks!”

“The number one way to improve sleep, just hands down, is resonance frequency breathing. That’s it,”

I hope this helps you.

 

JR 

USPTA

Good Morning,

 

These past few weeks I have had a least 6 members approach me inquiring about how to hit a drop shot.  So I thought there might be more members that would also like to be able to hit a drop shot.  Below I have provided two excellent examples from Carlos Alcaraz and Cameron Norrie.  I tried to capture the correct Racquet Stroke for these right and left handed players.  I would also like you to examine their body position hitting a drop shot.  

 

If this is something anyone would like to put into your tennis game I would be happy to provide a Clinic in the near future.  

 

JR

USPTA

 

Did you know one of Alcarz’s first losses from a very low ranked player was due to Drop Shots.  No not from Carlos.  It was his lower ranked opponent who dropped shot Carlos 19 times in the match.  It stunned Carlos, his Team, the announcers and yes - me.  So his opponent took something Carlos is famous for and reversed the play against him.  Please look at these 3 pictures showing the correct way to be successful with drop shots.  Look at the racquet path.  Body positioning.  Focus and Concentration.  Folks - its FUN to hit and is a wonderful tennis stroke to learn to help your tennis game.

 

Sent from King of the Serve & Lord of the Return

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