LEFT-IN - Tennis Training for Lefties ONLY!
This online tennis training course is for LEFT-HANDED players only and coaches in order to help them better understand how to teach a lefty. It has been designed by Tina Samara, a left-handed former professional player turned coach! There are few, if any, courses designed specifically for left-handed players that also help coaches understand how to teach left-handed players. The demonstrations are all left-handed and the tactical activities have been designed to embrace the left-hander's way of thinking and feeling. Tony Palafox (former coach of John McEnroe and Tina Samara) is the special guest providing his insights on how he taught one of the best left-handed players in the world.
Buy this course only for $49.00 USD
Lefties see the court differently and therefore, tactical activities that favour the lefty and cater for unique angles and spins is what this section is all about. One of Tina's favourite activities in this section is the reverse slice backhand that right-handed players really struggle to return.
It wouldn't be a lefty online course without a section on trick activities. These activities teach you how to maximize time and space as well as how to hit the tweener! Better yet, next time your opponent is standing too far back to receive your serve, why not go for a drop shot serve?
Interview #1) Tony Palafox
Antonio (Tony) Palafox (born in 1936) is a Mexican male former tennis player. He won the doubles at the U.S. Open in 1962 at Wimbledon in 1963. He is a former coach of John McEnroe and Tina Samara. In this interview, he says: "You have to understand the "lefty" HOOK serve and understand your player."
Interview #2) Storm Sanders
Storm Sanders is a professional tennis tour player from Australia. Her WTA singles ranking is 202 and her doubles ranking is 63. Storm shares her insights on what it really means to be a lefty on tour.
Interview #3) Steve Blundell
Steve Blundell is a Tennis Australia High-Performance Coach who is left-handed himself and he is passionate about coaching left-handed players.
Interview #4) Casey Dellacqua
Interview #5) Joel Drucker
About Tina Samara
Tina played both professional tennis and semi-pro golf herself, she understands what is required to become a champion. On the WTA tour, she reached a career-high ranking of 223 in doubles and played in the US Open Singles in 1994 and 1995. During her US College playing days, she won three NCAA National Team Championships and was the #1 ranked NCAA doubles team for the University of Georgia in 1995. Following her sporting achievements, Tina went on to coach Division 1 women's college tennis for 11 years and was known for her practical, empathic and direct approach to the holistic development of both the person and the athlete. Tina privately coaches and mentors many teenage athletes to help them transition from high school into college by pursuing their sporting goals and dreams.
She is the owner and founder of Transition Coach 4 Athletes. This service helps student-athletes navigate the often challenging world of balancing study and maximizing sports performance as well as helping find US College Scholarships. She can be reached via [email protected]