Instructor: Camilla Knight
Tennis Assignment: Observing A Tennis Lesson
For my project I watched a private tennis lesson for David Laschuk, who was
being coached by Carson Bell. Carson has been coaching my brother for numerous years
now, therefore this private lesson focused on a few specific shots that Carson believed my
brother needed to work on. This lesson did not follow the standard coaching outline, but
in my opinion the coaching session was very well done.
David did a physical warmup before he came onto the court, so that they would
be able to use the full hour for maximal benefit. Before they started hitting, Carson gave
David technical advice at the net on making sure that he has a long hitting zone on his
forehand. After, Carson had David do a few shadow strokes on his forehand so that he
could experience what the right stroke feels like. They then moved onto the racquet
warmup doing three minutes of a minicourt warmup and then rallying from the
baseline for 7 minutes, having them both back. This warmup focused on David’s
consistency (over and in). Carson continually gave David feedback during this time,
telling him to keep a lower ball flight and reinforcing the idea to David of hitting through
the ball and making sure that when the ball rises to his shoulder, he should keep his
racquet up. Both these tips focused on David’s racquet path.
Carson gradually changed the rally from a regular rally to him hitting higher balls
to David and having David work on hitting a ball, which doesn’t always come to his
sweet spot. This drill had David work on his contact point and on his swing, especially
when the ball got to his shoulder height. This drill was a semiopen drill because they
were in a rally, but were focusing on a specific technical idea. Marko Laschuk
Instructor: Camilla Knight
Carson then moved to the net with a basket and fed David short balls and had
David work on his attack, where in a match he would be on the offence. David’s focus
was to get the ball at a perfect impact point every time, which in a tactical situation would
have him work on utilizing his strength.
After about 25 minutes they moved to the main focus of the training session, the
serve. Carson had David start off serving out of a basket from the deuce side, working on
the Tserve. The tactical approach was to develop David’s serve to be his strength by
working on the location of the serve.
Carson watched David serve and pointed out a few flaws in the technique of the serve
and gave feedback on how to improve right away. This feedback included having a more
fluid serve motion, jumping into the court, having a shoulder over shoulder motion, and
getting more hip into the court in the serve preparation (before contacting the ball).
Carson demonstrated this to David by doing a few serves himself with perfect technique.
David saw the example, did a few shadow serves with the ideal technique, and his serve
started to become technically better. David has been coached for many years, so unlike a
beginner he is able to focus on more than one aspect in his game at one time. Carson did
a very good job of giving David feedback throughout the session, even though serving
out of a basket seems very repetitive. David’s technique started to improve, but his
serves started to fly long, therefore Carson stepped in and told David to brush over the
ball on the s