Pete Sampras had a great forehand. Many he said he had one of the best on-the-run forehands of all time. Sampras hit the forehand very flat and he DROVE through the ball often to devastating effect. His clean hit and clean swing on the forehand side also allowed him to develop a clean attacking approach shot.
Sampras uses what is known as the “Lansdorp Forehand” it uses a classic grip and does NOT use heavy topspin or a western-grip. Robert Lansdorp is a famous coach who is a living legend. He trained Sampras and Davenport and Tracy Austin and Maria Sharapova.
If you want to read some interesting opinion on training I would check out the blog that Robert has (or maybe used to have): https://robertlansdorp.wordpress.com/philosophy/
Lansdorp he stresses “Discipline” and he is big on the players being focused. He also wants the players to spend a lot of time on repetition. Some might say “ball after ball after ball” He has a “tough guy” approach and he demands discipline of the player. I think Lansdorp is a great coach and his track record really speaks for itself. I am sure he has rubbed many people the wrong way throughout his life BUT I can say for sure, that now, in a time where American tennis is looking weak … and people are asking “where are all of the champions?” People need to be looking at Robert Lansdorp and his teaching approach.
-DJ ROBO BISCUIT
P.S. If you google Lansdorp or the “Lansdorp Forehand” you can easily find more information about him.
When working with kids in tennis the key player is the parent. Usually it is one parent who is involved, it could be the father or the mother. If you are working with a kid you have to constantly work to be sure the parent is “on board” with what you are doing. The sooner you can make the kid “look” like a tennis player, then the more positive rapport you build with the parent. Early on in the course of the child learning tennis, there is a chance that the parent will be questioning if the kid can “really do it” and if the kid can actually learn the game. You will have to work with the kid and the parent to keep them “in it” the more the kid can play tennis, the better their skills will be and you will strengthen your case.
Also, the competition can be tricky. Kids and parents have a tendency to overreact. If the kid wins then the kid thinks they are “great” and their parent will be overjoyed at seeing how good their kid is at tennis. That is good for you as the coach. However, if the player gets on the court and loses then the kid thinks “they suck” and the parents are not impressed and it makes them wonder whey the kid is not winning and if they are even good at tennis.
The job of the coach is to help “sell the game” and help the parents understand that tennis is a PROCESS and it really does take time for the skills of the player to develop.
-DJ ROBO BISCUIT
November 26th, 2017
When you work with a player and you work as a coach you have to look to see if there is talent.
The player needs to have some kind of talent. It can take different forms. They could have great balance. They could have great strength. They could have a fast arm. They could be very tough mentally. They could have great hand-eye coordination.
If the player just has one of these talents then they are worthwhile to work with, it could just go be that they have good “balance” or could be they are “quick” on their feet.
Then the first thing to teach them is the forehand. And they need to be able to FEEL what it is like to hit a clean ball. Right in the middle of their racquet with their arm extended. So that way the player can understand that the technique does matter as opposed to flailing at the ball.
And then you want them to build some consistency with the forehand so they start to feel confident they can hit the ball a lot if they need to.
Then you move onto the backhand.
Then you develop topspin.
you want to teach the player to hit clean balls off of both sides and show them how to RALLY because you want them to understand what tennis is actually like.
-DJ ROBO BISCUIT
(Pictured above is Erin Faulkner, who has played at Michigan State and trained in Raleigh)
Here are some colleges to consider for tennis:
Information on colleges and the players who play there can be found on “tennis recruiting . net” you can see who the players are, how many stars they have, and what college they go to.
In order to play on a “nice” college team like a Lower D1 School or better, then the player needs to be a 3 star recruit or higher. In order to go higher than 3 star, a player needs to compete in tournaments that are outside the state, and they would need a “sectional” ranking or a “national” ranking
DJ ROBO BISCUIT
Kabiru Ibrahim is a Master Tennis Coach in the Raleigh area.
This is a biscuit review of Kabiru Ibrahim who is a tennis coach working in the Raleigh area of North Carolina. Kabiru has a specialization in developing juniors for tournament play. This blogger has observed his players in action and can say that the players he trains often have extremely “clean” groundstrokes and usually his players are very “balanced” they rarely appear to be off-balance or court off-guard by how the ball is struck.
He successfully coached Erin Faulkner who went on to play at Michigan State.
Kabiru, in addition to his tennis training, will also do strength training with his players to develop their muscles and improve their ball-striking.
Kabiru Ibrahim was an accomplished player in his own career. He had ATP Points playing for Nigeria (currently inactive but he still comes up on the ATP website which is pretty cool). He also played #1 for Shaw University.
Kabiru is a mobile tennis center. He can often be found coaching his players on public courts in the City of Raleigh. This blogger has witnessed Kabiru hitting balls with his more advanced players and his ball-striking is still very impressive. He is built sturdy and can really pound the ball when he wants to. Many of his players are good at volleying as well; he appears to encourage them to play more of an all-court game.
This blogger recommends seeking out Kabiru if you are a strong player who needs to fine-tune his/her tennis game. Kabiru is somewhat of a “groundstroke guru” Also, if you are looking to have your son or daughter trained then he is an excellent coach if you are serious about tournament play as well as a potential college scholarship.
DJ ROBO BISCUIT gives Kabiru Ibrahim TWO Thumbs Up.
If you are looking to find Kabiru this blogger recommends contacting Millbrook Tennis Center at the Millbrook Exchange Park in order to get his contact information.
-DJ ROBO BISCUIT, September 2017, End of Post
Eubanks should go pro.
He played well against Fritz and Donaldson. Fritz is a power player and Donaldson was a more solid version of Fritz and Donaldson had more training on the red clay so you can tell he plays with more margin of error. In the end, Harrison was too strong and crafty for Eubanks. Also, it was clear that Eubanks was not “on his game” against Harrison. In his match against Fritz and Donaldson, Eubanks played well by dominating with power tennis. Big serving and big forehands. He is 6 foot 8. He should be able to crack more aces and hit more serves that are unreturnable. if he has the desire then he should go Pro, If Karlovic and Isner can do it then Eubanks can do it. It was a great display by Eubanks and I think he could win more by “going for broke more often” Attacking when his opponent is serving and going for aces in his game similar to Karlovic and Isner. Also, Eubanks has a good one-handed backhand and a good slice. He should continue to get up to the net.
I was happy with how Eubanks played and I hope he will keep playing more tournaments. He has the game right now to be around the top 60 or top 70 of the ATP and he is going to have to “grind” to pull his game up to the top 30! But Isner and Karlovic could do it.
-DJ ROBO BISCUIT