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Confidence and Control Online Course

Welcome to The MTI Method Online Coach Education Courses
 

Hello and welcome to Modern Tennis International (MTI).
 
My name is Andy Magrath. I am the Head Tutor of MTI and on behalf of the company, may I offer you thanks for choosing our online CPD courses.

This course encompasses a total of 1 hour 30 minutes video content to watch followed by 75 accompanying questions. Therefore please allow at least 3 hours minimum to complete this course.

Download the answer sheet here if required. Or you can create your own answer document.

Please watch this introduction video first.

Introduction to the Confidence and Control Online Tennis Course
Video One - T T F F - The Secret to the
Success of the MTI Method


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Please make sure you watch every video right the way through.

Questions for Video 1
1.   T T F F are the key fundamentals to the MTI Method. What do the letters T T F F stand for?

2.   By extending your hands out in front of you (tracking) in a game of catch what aspect of a groundstroke are you simulating?
a)   developing your contact point with good natural movement
b)  racquet swing
c)   footwork

3.   Describe the MTI Method timing method?
a)   bounce hit
b)  counting 1 to 5
c)   swing your racquet early

4.   How does this timing method help you? Does it encourage you to
a)   rush your shot
b)  take your time and focus on the ball especially after the bounce
c)   swing the racquet early

5.   How does a bungee rope stretched 1 metre above the net help you feed the ball to a partner?
Does it help you to:
a)   throw harder
b)  control your feed so your partner can hit upwards with control and direction
c)   feed lower balls to the feet

6.   What should you feel with ball when you finish with the hand over their shoulder?
a)   The ball rolling off your hand in upward direction with spin
b)  A pain in your shoulder
c)   The idea of hitting really hard

7.   What is the benefit of you using both left and right hands equally when learning T T F F?
a)   because you can use two racquets when you play
b)  to coordinate your non-dominate side to help your two handed backhand
c)   to help your footwork

8.   What is the purpose of the player ‘kneeling down’ down and pointing the racquet butt cap at the ball drill?
a)   To develop a ‘c’ shape backswing
b)  to help you swing the racquet in a straight line through to target
c)   to help lay or cock the wrist back and to develop hitting up and across the ball

9.   What is the purpose of ‘The Tracking drill’?
a)   to separate the arm action from the leg action and maintain tracking as you move whilst developing good movement
b)  only for fitness
c)   to get you to take your racquet back early, step into the ball and swing to target

Video Two - Confidence & Control in the Topspin Forehand Part One



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Please watch this Important Video on Timing

Questions for Video 2
1.   When discovering the feel for the ball using the MTI Method…we encourage the feeder to feed the ball side to side across the court then deeper and shorter up and down the court. What aspect of tennis will you discover naturally and automatically?
a)   hitting the ball
b)  power
c)   movement/footwork

2.   Why do we encourage you to track the ball with hands pointing down first of all rather than your hand in an upright position?
a)   to get more speed and power
b)  to help you get under the ball and lift the ball with spin
c)   for early racquet take back

3.   Why do we encourage you to use your hands first?
a)   To help develop a large backswing
b)  we want you to develop hand-eye coordination and TTFF for the shot with your hands and legs first so then using the racquet will be easy
c)   to help you hit hard

4.   We mention ‘push’ as opposed to ‘hit’. How does this affect the ‘feel’ with regard to TTFF?
a)   you will get more control and force when the ball spends more time on the racquet
b)  you will get more spin and able to hit through the ball more
c)   you will get more power but less spin

5.   We encourage players to ‘track’ and ‘wait’ for the ball. Should this encourage you to?
a)   take the racquet back early
b)  make you realise you have more time when you move
c)   not move at all


Video Three - Confidence & Control in the Topspin Forehand Part Two



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Questions for Video 3
1.   How does choking the grip help you?
a)   keep the hand close to the racquet head for control and confidence
b)  feels nicer
c)   gives you more power

2.   How does inserting the index finger through the throat help you?
a)   for comfort
b)  gives you a feel for a natural grip for correct angle and stops you flicking
c)   for more topspin and power

3.   What are the benefits of the 2 racquet drill?
a)   To help develop footwork patterns
b)  to help you to swing faster
c)   to coordinate both sides of your body

4.   What will you discover with the touch and push rally?
a)   tracking, timing, movement, control and developing your own pace
b)  tracking, pace and footwork patterns
c)   tracking, racquet speed, early take back and movement

5.   Which MTI Method fundamental does the pose represent?
a)   tracking
b)  finish
c)   feel

6.   Why is it important for you to be able to see your racquet from your peripheral vision (the corner of your eye) as you track the ball?
a)   so you can watch the ball better
b)  so you can watch the racquet and swing better
c)   so you can line up the ball with the racquet (your hand) better

7.   How does the ball travel over the net?
a)   flat in a straight line over the net
b)  up in an arc
c)   downwards and upwards


Video Four - Confidence & Control in the Topspin Forehand Part Three



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Questions for Video 4
1.   Name the 3 different forehand grips?
a)   eastern, semi western and full southern
b)  western, semi-eastern and full northern
c)   eastern, semi-western and full western

2.   Should you?
a)   stick to one forehand grip no matter what
b)  be flexible depending on the height of the incoming ball for example
c)   only use the eastern forehand grip

3.   Why is it beneficial for you to have a ‘drophead’ (racquet head below the hands) ready position?
a)   to help you naturally move to a tracking position in order to get under the ball with spin when the ball is hit
b)  to help you hit with more power
c)   to make it comfortable

4.   At what stage would you take their finger out of the throat of the racquet and move further down the grip?
a)   when starting from ready position
b)  at the end of the lesson
c)   in 5 lessons’ time

5.   When you discover natural topspin using TTFF and by finishing over your shoulder. What will you be able to do when just pushing the ball (no backswing) at this stage from all parts of the court?
a)   ability to rally and play with confidence
b)  ability to hit hard
c)   ability to turn, step and swing

6.   Give two correct reasons why you should; ‘aim for at least a metre over the net’ on a full court?
a)   for power and depth
b)  for pace and net clearance
c)   for net clearance and depth

7.   As soon as you know your next shot will be a forehand should you?
a)   get your racquet back early and turn sideways
b)  track the ball with the racquet in front and move naturally
c)   turn your shoulders and move in a certain way


Video Five - Confidence & Control in the 2 Handed Topspin Backhand


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Questions for Video 5
1.   Why do we help you discover a topspin forehand with your non-dominant hand first when developing a 2 handed topspin backhand?
a)   To help your balance and footwork
b)  to coordinate your non-dominant hand as the main force on this shot
c)   to improve your backswing

2.   Which grip do we recommend for the dominant hand of a two handed backhand?
a)   eastern
b)  continental
c)   any

3.   Why should you learn to move ‘backwards’ as well as forwards and sideways during the drills?
a)   to give yourself room for deep shots and to encourage natural movement and tracking skills on all shots
b)  to be concious of adjustment steps and other footwork patterns
c)   to stop yourself from falling over

4.   Why should your hands be close together on the grip?
a)   so the hands stay tight and wont slip
b)  in case of cold conditions
c)   for more feel and control

Video Six - Confidence & Control in the 1 Handed Topspin Backhand



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Questions for Video 6
1.   Putting well known images in your head makes it easier for you to relate to the shot. What famous statue have we likened to the finish of a one handed topspin backhand?
a)   St.Paul’s Cathederal
b)  Big Ben
c)   The Statue of Liberty

2.   Once you have progressed from the strings of the racquet to the throat of the racquet how should you then track the ball?
a)   with the frame
b)  with the butt cap
c)   with the throat

3.   When would you go further down the grip?
a)   when you are feeling confident and from ready position
b)  in 5 lessons time
c)   at the end of the lesson

4.   Which hand turns the racquet when changing grip?
a)   dominant
b)  non-dominant
c)    both

Video Seven - Confidence & Control in the Serve


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Questions for Video 7
1.   Teaching the underarm serve is vital at the beginning. Why?
a)   it helps you start a practice rally and it’s a legal serve
b)  the overarm serve is too hard to learn
c)   its more powerful than an overarm serve

2.   The MTI Method starts the serve off with the hand. Which vital MTI Method fundamentals are being used here?
a)   Timing and finish
b)  Tracking and feel
c)   Finish and feel

3.   The MTI Method Teaches you to spin the ball using just your hands to start with. Why is this helpful when learning to serve for the first time?
a)   you will hit the ball harder
b)  you will develop feel and control before using a racquet
c)   you don’t know

4.   The MTI Method encourages you to start with both hands high when learning to serve. What benefit does this have for you?
a)   It’s easier to coordinate both hands together and hit up (It gets the elbow nice and high!)
b)  It will help you make a big swing
c)   It will help you hit hard

5.   The key to being able to hit a good serve is having the correct grip. How do we help you to find the service grip initially?
a)   By holding the bottom of the grip
b)  By holding a forehand grip
c)   By pinching the grip

6.   What is the benefit for you to serve close to the net at first and then to move back gradually step by step to beyond the baseline?
a)   No benefit
b)  To gain confidence and success early
c)   To hit a powerful serve

7.   Is the serve hit from the full court baseline?
a)   Up
b)  Down
c)   Sideways

8.   What are the benefits of serving to targets?
a)   Develops a powerful serve
b)  Helps you get the serve in with accuracy
c)   Helps you spin the serve

9.   Why is hitting ‘across the ball’ easier than hitting the flat serve?
a)   You get more power
b)  Its easier with continental grip and strings contact the ball longer
c)   Easier to hit through the ball

Video Eight - Confidence & Control in the Volleys



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Questions for Video 8
1.   What does volleying with your hand at 3 different ball heights help you to discover?
a)   A backswing
b)  Feel and awareness of the angle of the hand on each contact
c)   Power and stepping into the volley

2.   The racquet moves forward and slightly across the ball on the volleys. Which part of the racquet do we encourage you to concentrate on especially on the lower volleys?
a)   The edge
b)  The grip
c)   The butt cap

3.   What does the non-dominant hand help to stop when hitting the high backhand volley?
a)   Hitting hard
b)  The spin
c)   backswing

4.   Does the racquet butt move?
a)   toward the target on contact with the ball
b)  into the body slightly on contact with the ball
c)   backwards on contact with the ball

5.   Which part of the body moves first on a volley?
a)   The hands
b)  the feet
c)   the head

6.   Although you may bend to a half volley, do you?
a)   have to stay down with the ball
b)  allow your body to lift naturally
c)   neither

Video Nine - Confidence & Control in the Slice Groundstrokes



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Questions for Video 9
1.   Applying the same progressions as on the volley will help you quickly discover slice groundstrokes. What is the main difference between the two techniques?
a)   The spin
b)  one shot bounces the other doesn’t
c)   the grip

2.   When playing a drop shot do you?
a)   Hit under the ball
b)  Hit round the side of the ball
c)   Hit the back of the ball

3.   When hitting slice you can hit 2 types of spin in 1 shot. What are these?
a)   Backspin and topspin
b)  Sidespin and backspin
c)   Topspin and sidespin

4.   Where does the non-dominant hand finish on backhand slice?
a)   Behind the body
b)  In front of the body
c)   Side of the body

Video Ten - Confidence & Control in the Smash


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Questions for Video 10
1.   The MTI Method encourages you to triangulate both hands when tracking the ball for the smash, this makes it a lot easier to find the ball in the correct contact position. How does the MTI Method encourage you to adopt a side on position for the forehand smash?
a)   By using your dominant hand to track the ball with non-dominant hand behind your head
b)  By using your non-dominant hand to track the ball with dominant hand behind your head
c)   With both hands pointing up tracking the ball

2.   The backhand smash is one of the hardest shots to play in tennis. Even so the MTI Method encourages players to hit this shot at an early stage of their development. How do you track the ball on the backhand smash using this method?
a)   By pointing your hand
b)  By pointing your racquet head
c)   By pointing the butt cap

3.   Regarding the backhand smash - Pulling the racquet butt down on and across your body generates control and confidence. When hitting down does the racquet close over the ball or remain open on this shot?
a)  Remains open
b) Neither
c)  Closes over the ball

4.   How is the serve similar to a forehand smash?
a)   They are identical in every way
b)  They both involve over arm throwing actions with use of non-dominant hand
c)   They both need a huge backswing

5.   How does the serve differ from a forehand smash?
a)   The serve is hit down, the smash is hit upwards
b)  The serve is hit up, the smash is hit down
c)   They don’t differ at all

6.   Why should players turn sideways when moving for a smash?
a)   For safety, ease and balance when moving
b)  It looks better
c)   Because with every shot in tennis you need to turn sideways on
Video Eleven - Confidence & Control in Playing the Game



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Questions for Video 11

1.   Tennis is a game of tactics and strategy, but for every tactical problem there is always a technical answer. The key to maintaining correct technique and avoiding injury is to keep match play non-competitive. This is vital in the early development of players whilst at the same time encouraging a voyage of discovery of the tactics that are available to them.
Which fundamentals must you always maintain even when playing points?
a)   Timing
b)  Tracking
c)   Feel
d)  Finish
e)   All of them

2.   When do you think it’s important that you should breathe out to help you relax for a shot?
a)   When the ball bounces on your side
b)  As you hit the ball
c)   When your opponent hits the ball

3.   What’s the most important thing do you need to think about when playing your opponent?
a)   How you hit the ball
b)  Where you hit the ball
c)   How hard you hit the ball

4.   If things don’t go your way and you should lose a match fairly and squarely, should you;
a)   Lose your temper and throw your racquet down
b)  Blame other people and storm off
c)   Lose with good grace, keep your cool, shake your opponent’s hand and treat the loss as a learning experience
Video Twelve  - What is Pronation on the Serve

 

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Questions for Video 12
1.   What is the simpler laymen’s terms for pronation?
a)   Swinging
b)  Turning or twisting
c)   Throwing

2.   What is the opposite of pronation?
a)   Supination
b)  Foration
c)   Superlation
Video Thirteen  - The Flat Serve Contact



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Questions for Video 13
1.   Why should you employ a ‘loose’ relaxed arm and grip for the serve?
a)   To avoid injury only
b)  To encourage a whip like effect on the shot
c)   It’s easier to hold the continental grip

2.   What analogy is used to achieve a ‘loose’ grip for the serve?
a)   Wet hand
b)  Dry hand
c)   Shake hand

3.   What shouldn’t the shoulder be allowed to do?
a)   Rotate
b)  Extend
c)    Drop

Video Fourteen  - The Slice Serve Contact


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Questions for Video 14
1.   What does the player ask people to ‘throw’?
a)   The edge
b)  The butt cap
c)   The ball

2.   What is meant by ‘dress-rehearse?
a)   To practice the contact before the real thing
b)  To practice the grip only
c)   To practice the ball lift only

3.   Which spin is applied to the slice serve?
a)   Topspin
b)  Backspin
c)   Sidespin

4.   Why shouldn’t you focus ‘too much’ on pronation?
a)   Because you only need to focus on the desired contact and allow the hand to pronate as required
b)  Because you dont need to pronate on the serve
c)   Because pronation is too difficult

5.   Generally speaking, do top pros use this serve for;
a)   Mainly first serve
b)  Mainly second serve
c)   either

Congratulations!
Many thanks for completing the Confidence and Control Course.
Hopefully you will have discovered how effective the MTI Method is. Don’t forget to re-visit the videos and questions anytime you want. This will not only help you learn tennis faster but also how to teach others as well.

Once you have mastered the ‘Confidence and Control’ skills shown here, your coach will move you on to the ‘Adding the Pros’ Power’ video course. This course will show you how the top players generate their advanced power and speed so you too can play like the Pros.
Enjoy your tennis!


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Andy Magrath
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