In the first article in this series I outlined some thoughts on the possible evolution of players, playing styles, rackets and technique. Let’s continue now with some additional, more radical thoughts about the possible further evolution of training and coaching, focusing on laterality, ambidexterity and symmetry.
Laterality is the preference for one side of the body or the other, like being right or left handed or right or left-footed. The study of laterality also relates to the dominance of the left or right eye.
Coaches and trainers are currently exploring the effects laterality has on motor performance and technical development. In tennis, Paul Dorochenko has been a leader in this field of study. Click Here to see him training with a young Roger Federer.
Chris Lewit, former #1 for Cornell and Pro Circuit player, has coached numerous top 10 nationally ranked juniors and is a leading coach, educator, and author. He has written two best-selling books, The Secrets of Spanish Tennis and The Tennis Technique Bible.
Chris runs a popular high performance summer tennis camp in the beautiful mountains of Vermont and coaches players world-wide through his virtual school, CLTA Online (CLTA.teachable.com).
Chris also produces a weekly high performance tennis video talk show and podcast, The Prodigy Maker Show, which is available on Apple Podcasts and all other podcasting directories. All shows can be accessed at ProdigyMaker.com.
Check out Chris's blog, also at ProdigyMaker.com for free articles on high performance junior development and Spanish training. Learn about his camp at ChrisLewit.com or visit the online academy at CLTA.teachable.com
The Secrets of Spanish Tennis
What makes Spanish tennis so unique and successful? What exactly are those Spanish coaches doing so differently to develop superstars like Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer that other systems are not doing? These and other questions are answered in The Secrets of Spanish Tennis, the culmination of five years of study on the Spanish way of training by USTA High Performance Coach Chris Lewit.