Last week I set up a YouTube channel and started posting videos. I wanted to have a place where I could share some of my longer footage from my training sessions, and provide more background context to the videos. I like posting videos on Instagram, but they are limited in length and I think some people that watch them (and who don’t follow me) don’t realise that I am only just learning to play tennis. I had no idea where to start with editing, but I knew it couldn’t be too difficult given how many bloggers are posting good quality…

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A couple of months ago I posted a boomerang video on Instagram of me playing with my TopspinPro (that was acquired by my partner with the official reason being to teaching his son a good top spin technique, but the real reason being that he – and I – have a serious addiction to buying tennis goodies online!). After posting the video, Phillip Hofmeyr (the designer of the TopspinPro) asked if I would like to publish an affiliate link on my blog (which means that if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission).…

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My tennis coach often tells me to bend my knees and use my legs more during our training drills. Apparently, bending your knees lowers your centre of gravity, thus providing you with more stability, and helps with shoulder, hip and trunk rotation, which allows you to give more power to a shot. This is something I particularly need for my backhand shots, but I need to be constantly reminded to bend my knees, otherwise I will naturally tend to stand up too straight. I suppose part of the reason I don’t naturally use my legs is that it is tiring…

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This month I have started practising yoga every day, and sometimes more than once a day! I am doing Yoga with Adriene’s Revolution – 31 Days of Yoga programme and I am also learning a lot about yoga thanks to Cat Meffan’s #Yoganuary videos. I first started yoga about 2 years ago, but last year I got a bit distracted with fitness and tennis and I let my practice slip. I am going to try and be more disciplined this year, as I know that practising yoga will be important for my tennis progress. So here are 5 things I…

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Although it didn’t feature in my Christmas Gift Ideas for Tennis Lovers blog post (as I only discovered it afterwards) I ended up buying my other half a Babolat POP from Tennis Warehouse Europe for Xmas. I wasn’t sure if it was just a bit of a gimmick, but it actually turns out that he loves it and is using it for all of his trainings and tennis matches. He has even developed Excel spreadsheets for tracking his progress (which I have turned into a template that you can download at the end of this post!). So I asked him…

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