TENNIS CONSULTING QUALIFICATIONS & PERSONAL BACKGROUND


1. What is Tennis Consulting?
2. Why is Tennis Consulting Important?
3. Who Takes Advantage of Tennis Consulting?
4. What is a Tennis Consultant’s Skill Awareness?
5. How does a Tennis Consultant Build a Team Strategy?
6. What is Tennis Consultant, Jonathan’s Goldfarb’s Background?

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1. What is Tennis Consulting?

A professional tennis consultant offers an outside perspective for parents, players, and coaches.  Consultants transfer their knowledge in empowering ways to help maximize the existing team.  He understands all essential tennis skills and how to progress each player’s skills relative to their goals.  The consultant also works with the team of parent, player and/ or coach by offering additional insight, respectfully empowering each team member, and mediating any obstacles or conflicts if need be.

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2. Why is Tennis Consulting Important?

There is not enough accountability in tennis between parents needing more insight and players not improving due to lack of awareness or toughness.  And coaches learning from others and/ or being assisted to help their player with lack of coach ability and/ or their parent’s negative influence.

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3. Who Takes Advantage of Tennis Consulting?

Interested parents, players, and/or coaches can utilize various services for as many sessions as they feel improvement. See Services

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4. What is a Tennis Consultant’s Skill Awareness?

a) TECHNICAL SKILLS

The main technical groundstroke skills break down into four areas: the movement to the swing, swing basics, swing specifics, and the movement after the swing. Volleys, serves, and other shots use technical elements similar to ground strokes, such as balance and weight transfer..

The main technical groundstroke skills break down into four areas: the movement to the swing, swing basics, swing specifics, and the movement after the swing. Volleys, serves, and other shots use technical elements similar to ground strokes, such as balance and weight transfer..

b) PHYSICAL SKILLS

Tennis is all about being efficient with your energy. Playing with efficiency requires you to consistently hit the ball cleanly, smoothly, and powerfully without mentally and physically tiring. When you think too much, you expend more energy than necessary. Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov and Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov are players who have very lively playing arms. The ease of their technical and physical movements due to their live arm helps them stay relaxed, loose, and explosive.

The different physical skills necessary for creating tennis mastery include strength, aerobic capacity, muscular endurance, power, speed, agility, and flexibility. Physical skills relate to the body and one’s overall athleticism. You will not improve your physical skills if you do not follow basic scientific principles. Training correctly helps improve fitness and prevent injuries. Teenagers and children especially must be careful not to overextend joints when exercising. The more solid one’s skills are the more prepared one is for other aspects of the game such as playing tournaments, developing weapons and quality game plans, keeping up with a faster pace and remaining poised under pressure

c) MENTAL SKILLS

Tennis is not just about moving around the court and clobbering the ball back and forth. There is a complex mental element that is identifiable in the way in which players crack under pressure or are unable to recover from missed match or break point opportunities. There are many reasons people lose focus and break down. For one, they do not make good decisions in terms of taking advantage of all the elements they have control over. A combination of mental and emotional skills forges mental toughness. Without the mental skills of focus, feel, risk, and competitiveness, you will lack mental tenacity. These mental components complement one’s emotional skill set and together are crucial for improvement and gaining an edge in big matches. Focus is the ability to watch the ball as clearly and as long as possible without interruptions. On the contrary, lack of focus causes players to pick up the head or jerk the body . Learning basic techniques and focus is very important, but you ultimately must feel the movements through awareness training. The ability to empower a student in this way involves knowing their tendencies and the ability to direct their focus onto what they are feeling.

d) EMOTIONAL SKILLS

Similar to how physical skills affect technique, emotional skills affect your mentality. If you can’t control your emotions by flipping them, the inevitable tension will impact you during a match. Nerves will cause you to strike the ball less cleanly and smoothly, tire more easily, mentally freeze, and strategically panic. One of the main objectives of mental toughness training is to help you understand your emotions better and be more relaxed. Learning how to become your best coach is also important.

The independent nature of tennis in which there is no coaching during competition is another reason why you must learn how to control your emotions. Emotional skills consist of relaxation, professionalism and toughness. These skills are developed by taking responsibility instead of blaming others, proactively figuring out ways to overcome flaws, and realizing that improvement requires inner qualities such as belief, willingness, and determination.

e) STRATEGY

Strategic skills are last in a player’s progression. First, you need to develop quality fundamentals consisting of solid technical, physical, mental, and emotional skills. Later, add weapons, patterns, and combinations. Executing a game plan requires you to stay focused and dispel temptations, such as being too creative and impatient. The discipline of focus requires relaxation, professionalism, and toughness. For example, if your emotions run riot mid-match, your ability to solve problems will be diminished. However, even if you possess ideal mental and emotional skills, you will not reach your full potential if you are technically or physically deficient.

To be effective in tennis, like any other sport, there is a certain degree of “x’s and o’s”. Players should build their game plan around their mental and physical strengths and weaknesses, but should also be able to adjust based on the particular style of an opponent. The main game plans include aggressive baseliner, serving and volleying, counterpunching, or all-court. The more efficient your game plan, the more in control you are because you need to make fewer emotional decisions..


5. How does a Tennis Consultant Build a Team Strategy?

a) SET TEAM GOALS - Better teamwork, more accountability, clarity, enlightenment, excitement, motivation, improvement, maximization and confidence.

b) EVALUATE - Talk to each member of the team (student, coach, parent, and/or other). Watch the student practice and compete and gain further insight from specific experts on the team regarding the student's technical, physical, mental, emotional and strategic skills.

c) CREATE A PLAN - Give the parent, student, and/ or coach goal suggestions for the next 6 weeks based upon the above research that focuses on many aspects from pre-practice routines to match goals.

d) HOLD PEOPLE ACCOUNTABLE - So they are willing to accept responsibility and subsequently account for their actions. As a result of the need to be accountable to be successful tennis, I have successfully taught many players how to become their own best coach using a self-created PCT: Personal Coaching Tool booklet such as the ones I created below.


6. What is Tennis Consultant, Jonathan’s Goldfarb’s Background?

Jonathan Goldfarb was a national junior champion and later played collegiately and professionally. Now he is a professional tennis consultant, life coach and mediator who has passionately studied the game and worked with multi-level players on and off-court. Jonathan’s expert knowledge of tennis skills, progressive curriculum and life coaching and mediation skills help determined players, parents and coaches on and off the court.