Many of us look into the modern day of Pro tennis and the power that many players such as Djokovic, Serena, Wawrinka and other possess. However, what many players do not realize is that there is unfortunately a huge training level difference between these players and many club players. The advantages that pros have over […]
Author Archive | Eric Hechtman
9-11 and the 2016 U.S. Tennis Open
I remember September 11, 2001 like it was yesterday. I walked into my first class at Miami Sunset Senior High School embracing my senior year and then suddenly every class room in the school had their TV’s tuned to the horror that was unraveling in New York. That day will never be forgotten, and the […]
Pro tips on choosing a tennis racquet
As a teaching pro, I am constantly asked by competitive and social tennis players which racquet they should switch to. In today’s world of significantly advanced technology, this is not such a simple question to answer as much of the decision-making has to do with a particular player’s abilities. Most racquets with thick beams are […]
Want to improve your tennis game? A pro can help develop a personalized plan.
There are many tennis players that want to improve their tennis game simply for fun or match play. In many of the tennis lessons I teach, I hear “I want to learn topspin!” or “I want to change my grip!” Some important things that you and your pro should consider when you are looking to […]
Tennis Match Strategy: Add the Lob to your arsenal of winning shots
The lob is one of the most boring, yet most tactically efficient shots in club tennis. I will talk about ways to use the lob offensively, defensively, and how to defend the lob as well. Offensive lobbing is something that most people do not usually consider. Whether you are playing singles or doubles, lobbing while […]
Tennis thrives in Miami during the fall season
Thanks to our pleasant tropical climate, tennis is played outdoors in Miami year-round. Fall weather makes the game particularly enjoyable. If you’re competitive in nature, there are many leagues and events men and women can take advantage of through public park or private tennis clubs in the area. South Florida Women’s Doubles Tennis League (SFWDTL) […]
How important is footwork to the game of tennis?
There is a distinct difference between speed and footwork. The quickest players in the NFL are measured by a 40-yard dash and Novak Djokovic would certainly run a speedy 40-yard dash. However, speed in tennis is measured in a shorter distance than 40 yards that is why technical footwork is one of the most important […]
How to organize “my tennis life”
Many adults and juniors struggle with where to focus their time and energy when it comes to tennis. The biggest factors affecting their decision are time, budget, level of play, and tennis dreams or aspirations. In terms of improving your game: (1) you can take a private tennis lesson, (2) you can partake in a […]
Tennis lessons for beginners
Just starting tennis? Lessons with an experienced USPTA pro are the best way I go. Tennis is a very technical sport and jumping right into match play can reinforce bad habits that make learning proper technique and strategy more difficult. If your child is starting out, it’s very important to teach them the modern approach […]
The One-Handed Backhand – Gone with the Wood Racquet?
Is the one-handed backhand becoming an extinct shot? This question is constantly being asked around the tennis community. My answer is no, it’s just evolving. Technically, the one-hander should start with a high shoulder as opposed to a low take back of the racquet. The higher shoulder turn allows players to adapt to the higher bouncing […]