Opening the Court:
Pattern 1

George Zink

In this remarkable new series, George Zink outlines a series of shot patterns that give players the full range of stroke types and placements they need to open the court—and finish. Based on twenty years of playing at high levels himself and developing high level junior players, these patterns include the entire range of shot making—precision ground strokes combinations, angles, volleys, swinging volleys and drop shots.

Although players may end up hitting an exact pattern in a point or series of points, it's the combinations and variety of shots that are critical, building in the feel for the right spin, shot type and placement at the right moment against the right opponent.

This first pattern: high to the backhand, an angle off the court, attack the backhand, finish with an angle volley.

Special thanks to Tyler, Lindsay and Ben Zink for their masterful demonstrations of these patterns!

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George Zink is a master tennis professional with over 25 years of teaching experience. After competing on the ATP Future Tour, George won 9 national championships in singles and doubles, and has coached junior players who have won 5. A former college coach at Franklin and Marshall, George has managed clubs with large teaching staffs and also owned gyms in Pennsylvania and Florida where he exponentially expanded membership. Over the last 15 years, thousands of junior players have attended his GZ Tennis Camps. Based in Bradenton, Florida, George has two children who are currently highly ranked national juniors.

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