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Australian Open Ballkid Trials

Want to get on court with your favourite tennis players? Become an Australian Open Ballkid! Try out opportunity available at The Eastern Golf Club!

Where: The Eastern Golf Club – Tennis Courts

When: Sunday March 25, 2018

Time: 9:30 – 10:30am (stay for a social hit until 11:00am)

Who: Kids aged 12-15 years old (on the January 1, 2019)

What to Bring: wear your sports gear; bring a drink bottle and a hat. Bring your racquet if you’d like to stay for a half hour hit; and if you don’t have a racquet one will be provided.

Cost: Free

Important note: you must register before February 28, 2018 online via: https://ballkids.tennis.com.au/register.aspx and send an email to the AO Ballkid Trial coordinator via info@grippingpotential.com.au to confirm your booking.

2018 TERM 1 : ‘ANZ tennis Hot Shots’ special offer

Have you been inspired by our incredible ‘Summer of Tennis’ which has seen a new generation of tennis stars emerge in both the Men’s and Women’s competition. It’s not to late to register for our Term 1 Tennis program and we have a very special offer for those wishing to enroll in our ANZ Tennis Hot Shots program.

For all new junior enrollments in our ANZ Tennis Hot Shots program pay only $89 and receive one full term of coaching and a free tennis racquet.

To register, please contact John  on +61 419 188 908 or john@grippingpotential.com.au 

2018 Australian Open Experience

Gripping Potential was fortunate enough to take 10 of our lucky ANZ HOT SHOTS clients on to the courts of the Australian Open on Friday, January 19. Sienna, who represents The Eastern Golf Club in tennis on Sunday mornings, was lucky enough to be one of the 10 participants. We had a fantastic day and each and everyone of the children realised exactly how lucky they were to have this experience. For more images of Sienna in action, please check out our Facebook Page

december coaching tip :  when to use the slice or backspin

The best time to use slice or backspin is when you are aiming to control your opponent from hitting lots of top spin. It keeps the ball low, and is a great technique for slowing down the pace of the rally.  At the 2018 Australian Open pay close attention to when players use this shot. I particularly enjoy watching Federer use it to counter Nadal’s high-kicking shots.

The Eastern Golf Club’s synthetic courts play at a fast pace and the slice is definitely a shot players need to use to take full advantage of their opponents.

competition & Social Tennis

We are looking for junior and senior Competition players –  if you have an interest in playing for a team please contact John. Alternatively, if social tennis is more your thing we are also looking to start a mid-week group. Please email John the days and times that would suit mid-week between 9am – 3pm and we will do the rest. John can also be contacted on M: 0419 188 908

october coaching tip : When to use an open-stance or a neutral stance?

The issue of which stance to use is one of the tennis forehand tips that every beginner player should look into.

Many players, especially beginners, are confused as to which is the best stance to use – the open stance or the neutral stance. There is no definite answer to this question since both stances have their own advantages and disadvantages – depending on the type of shot you are planning to execute. The open stance, for example, is the best strategy on baseline rallies; and when you are hitting an approach shot and you have a great chance to play at the net, then a neutral stance (where the feet are more closed) is ideal.

The bottom line here is whether you use an open stance or neutral stance, the most important thing is you are in proper balance during the shot.





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