AUGUST: Coach Burnham's Tip of the Month

The tip for August is probably one of my favorite topics. Losing!

I know that sounds really strange and even stupid, but losing is one of the best ways to learn if you allow yourself to do so.  

When losing a close match keep it realistic!  You were not far away from a tough win.  With a point here and a point there you could have won a hard fought battle.  So don’t despair!  Look to see what could have been better and at what stage in the match you could have played better.  Then ask this simple question that most of the time has a tough answer, WHY?  

Why did I struggle with my forehand?  Why did I double fault too much?  Why at the beginning of the second set did I lack energy?  These are all common questions.

Now comes the point of the whole tip this month.  What do I need to do to correct these questions?  Come up with a plan to improve those things and then go do it!  Very Simple.

Don’t get me wrong, I hate to lose.  But you might as well get something out of the loss.  

Until next time, learn from losing Cats!

JULY: Coach Burnham's Tip of the Month

This will be the shortest and maybe the sweetest tip of the month.

We all have days where we struggle.  One of my very first coaches would always say “Move the feet a little more and hit a little less”.

And that’s it!  When those struggle days are happening try not to “hit your way out”.  You should “move your way out”.

Until next month...make more shots by moving better Bobcats!

JUNE: Coach Burnham's Tip of the Month

One of the best ways to improve your serve is to improve your throw!  

Not kidding.  If you can throw a baseball or a football you will have a great serving motion.  If you struggle to throw a ball overhead (underhanded doesn’t count for this) it’s probably because you didn’t play football or baseball or softball.  Thank goodness there is an easy fix.  Grab a tennis ball and throw it back and forth with someone.  You need to do this more than once a year.  Try to throw the ball a couple times a week. You could even just throw it at a wall.  Try to step with your opposite leg, throw and then let your dominate leg come through after you release the ball.  This should be a similar motion to your serve.  

Until next month, throw it well Bobcats!

MAY: Coach Burnham's Tip of the Month

One of my favorite sayings is that if you are not hitting the ball you can't make a mistake.

What do I mean?  Make your opponent or opponents play one extra shot!  When you are on the defensive, don't try to hit an amazing shot. Instead, just try to make the ball any way you can.  A lob is a great choice or just pushing the ball back deep.  

One of the biggest differences between an average college player and a great college player is what they try to do when they are on the defense.

Just get the ball back!!!  Make your opponent earn it.  Don't Dont' Don't give them a free point. Give them a chance to make a mistake!!!

Hit them smart Cats!!!