Tennis

Tennis is a mentally challenging sport that requires a strong mind. In tennis we teach four areas;

  1. serving power
  2. footwork
  3. coordination/your reaction to the ball
  4. mental grounding

SFC does not teach ball skills. Instead, SFC combines footwork with coordination, so your body moves together in a fluid, natural way. This is harmony and balance, the mind and body becoming one.

Most tennis players are unbalanced, simply because they favour one side of the body over the other. This means that one side has become weak and loose, and the other has become tight and strong. At SFC we work together with the tennis player to help them to balance their body again so that they have a return of balanced mobility and function. This means helping to release the tight side, and strengthening the weak side.

In regards to serving power, SFC achieves this through internal explosive power. This means that when you serve, the ball becomes like a bullet. Your power will become sharp and fast. The typical serving technique of tennis players will use the shoulder, hip, back and legs to generate power in a very physical method. The problem with this method is that inevitably the player starts to generate injuries and tightness. As time goes on, these injuries become easier to get because the method being used is very aggressive on the joints, soft tissue, ligaments and tendons. However at SFC our methods utilise internal power; what one may even call an “internal engine” to produce power. Once you have commenced training you will start to build an energy centre in the lower abdominal region. This is directly connected to the use of the spine. So instead of going from the leg to the hip to the shoulder to serve you will actually start to generate power from the lower abdomen. This power travels from the abdomen, up through the spine, out through the shoulder, down the wrist, transferring power through the racket. As the ball connects with the racket, instant power is produced.

The three-dimensional actions of SFC start to change the player’s physiology so that their body becomes more “rubber like”. In the short term, this means that the player can produce more fluid, instant power. It also means that the body is starting to set up “cell’s memory”. This is an automatic and natural response to your game using subconscious mind. You ‘feel’ when you play, as opposed to constantly thinking for body to move. “Rubber body” also means that the player receives fewer injuries because the body is loose and relaxed. It knows how to economise tension and relaxation, instead of being under constant stress. In the long term this means that the player has a longer sporting career with fewer injuries.

SFC also tackles the somewhat difficult problem of mental grounding. It is a well-known fact that tennis players are under a lot of pressure which can directly affect their game. If a player has the potential to become too hot-headed, or feel too much pressure from playing a match, then the potential to make a grave mistake or even lose the match becomes much more likely. We teach players how to calm down, feel peaceful and mentally grounded. When a player has this mind, the potential for a positive outcome becomes more likely. One could even look at this as a battlefield type of mind.