What is the GBA (Game Based Approach)?

Tired of taking the same old tennis lessons and hearing the same old tips with same the old frustrating results?

THE GBA IS A MORE INTUITIVE WAY TO LEARN TENNIS. Think of The Game Based Approach more like The Performance Based Approach. Instead of focusing on technique or "the strokes" first and hope you figure out how to use them in a game later, the GBA is the complete opposite. It focuses on getting you to understand how to play the game first and then uses technique as a tool to get you to perform better.

The GBA does not just get people to play "games" and ignore technique. It uses a systematic way of integrating the tactical, physical, mental & technical together. The way tennis is being taught is shifting away from traditional "model" based coaching.

If you're only hearing your coach tell you you're getting better but you're not really sure, get measurable results...find out what the ITF and players around the world already know.. The GBA is the best way to learn tennis.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Using Video to Improve Player Performance

Improvements in technology are making video analysis more and more popular. I've been using video for a while and recently I've begun to upload video to individual player websites for charting and measuring technical/tactical goals.
 I'm using an extendable pole with a tripod head and some hooks welded to the side. This makes it easier to get a much higher view of the court to record tactics. 
 Anyone can be very effective using video analysis without Dartfish. I've heard pros say they are reluctant to use video because they don't have it. Dartfish is expensive, has a steep learning curve, only PC based, has too many versions (only the most expensive version has decent features) & doesn't accept Quicktime files (like those from TennisOne).  Bottom line, Dartfish has a lot of bells & whistles but if you know how to breakdown video, that's most import skill that players appreciate, not just fancy graphics.
Instant on-court video feedback is a great way for players to see how well they're implementing tactics. So get out there and use that camera!

If interested, the ITF recently reviewed a DVD I produced with Wayne Elderton on developing young players. here's the link:


The promo video:

Some pics of the set-up. Coming soon.. mini laser projector hooked up to laptop to better show video. Can be projected on floor or curtain up to 60 inches.. Also looking to customize a laptop platform that can be hooked up to ball cart..


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