Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.
A. Getting students comfortable rallying 20 plus balls at which ever level they are playing.
Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. Put weekly lessons on auto pilot and let us use our skills to build a solid foundation that will give you a life time of fun... BTW USTA just opened a 95 and older league... :)
Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?
A. The value offered... both the extra time spent and the depth of knowledge... I am committed to you getting good. There are many polemics to teaching tennis that can make tennis more difficult. I know them all... and can help you avoid those that will make learning tennis more difficult. I will accelerate the long term development and enjoyment of your tennis.
Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?
A. Do you want to get better ?
Do you want to have fun ?
Realize that tennis is perhaps the most awesome life long hobby that combines exercise and stress reduction with friendships that last a lifetime! (and fits into a busy schedule)
Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
A. Years of hard work dedicated to studying how to teach tennis most effectively so that students easily obtain high level results...I have honed a series of easy progressive steps that build muscle memory for a state of the art game and a series of games to develop those skills interactively. Natural movement is emphasized.
Many instructors water down lessons and let poor methods go by to let the student feel happy. Many use older methods that can actually inhibit learning state of the art strokes. Some rest on past competitive accomplishments. Some end game, jumping over necessary steps. Would recommend avoiding instructors who rely on primarily feeding you a ball from a large hopper... as opposed to hitting with you.
I am far from perfect, but strive for excellence.
A special skill I bring, that underlies all my lessons is the application of years of Tai Chi training to tennis. The ancient Chinese knew much ! And is great form of cross training which a sneak into my regular tennis lessons.
I am also an artist and have a very good eye.
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. The wonderful people I get to meet !
Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A. Can you do it for less ?
For each hour on court teaching there are 2 or 3 of travel and overhead work. I am one of the most reasonably priced pros around... You can have private classes with me for less than group classes elsewhere... I am not subsidized nor a moon lighter. These are private classes un-like yoga or other exercise classes. Pricing is in line with other instructors of music, academic tutors, etc. I do everything I can to make it possible for you to put tennis lessons into your weekly routine so that we can have major growth.
Q. Do you have a favorite story from your work?
A. While visiting a nursing home met a former student who relayed her winter indoor tennis experience at an Ivy school ... She began with me as a beginner the previous summer. Watching her play after she joined her friend's winter indoor tennis team the school's head tennis director commented "You play very well. How long have you been playing... 3 or 4 years ? " She said no, just last summer hitting weekly with a pro named Steve... He replied " Well, I don't know who this 'Steve" is, but he's worth every dollar you paid ! " ... (in fact he did know me just didn't put it together at the time ) Many similar comments by students have been very heart warming.
Q. What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?
A. How small the margins are and how much extra overhead there is for each lesson. Providing professional lessons is different than a college player making extra money for the summer. This applies also to many parks and rec programs and clubs with lower standards.
Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?
A. Love of watching people grow and get good...
Q. Tell us about a recent job you did that you are particularly proud of.
A. Taking a busy professional available only at 9 or 10 pm from beginner to strong 4.0 level inside a year's (long summer) time.
Q. Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?
Each year I attend the tennis teacher's convention at the US OPEN where the worlds best coaches' from around THE WORLD show their training methods.
I have a very good eye, and I use it to watch the top players in very slow motion and then hit that way to understand better their methods.
Q. What are the latest developments in your field? Are there any exciting things coming in the next few years or decade that will change your line of business?
A. Quick Start 10 & Under Tennis for kids...
Tai Chi's cross training influence ... and I happen to be a long time player of it too
Q. If you have a complicated pricing system for your service, please give all the details here.
A. You can split private lessons with a friend for same price!
Long term students can receive bulk discount.
Q. If you were advising someone who wanted to get into your profession, what would you suggest?
A. Unless you love people and teaching all ages of people do something else.
Q. What is your greatest strength?
A. I have a very good eye !
Q. What are you currently working on improving?
Adjusting optimal information to present at a session without watering down lessons.