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 high performance summer tennis camp in the beautiful mountains of Vermont and coaches players world-wide through his virtual school, CLTA Online. Chris also produces a weekly tennis show, Prodigy Maker Live at the Chris Lewit YouTube Channel (Youtube.com/ChrisLewit). The show features live lessons filmed directly from Chris’s private teaching court.
Chris also hosts a weekly tennis talk show on Facebook, Sunday Night Q and A, where he discusses topics in high performance, junior development, and technique—and answers questions from viewers around the world. The show airs weekly at 9:45pm NYC time on the Chris Lewit Facebook page. The show is also available as a podcast on all podcasting platforms.
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.