Monday, 18 January 2016


Rookie : Someone who is new to a profession (Wikipedia, the free Encyclopedia )
The problem with rookies is simple, they don't know much, particularly in tennis but that's not their fault, they are learning gradually. But here is the issue with rookie tennis coaches.
They are the ones who are driving the market price of a tennis lesson through the roof to an unacceptable level that now has 'real' tennis coaches asking for even more per hour to separate them from the rest. Fact.
Some experienced coaches are now commanding up to $100 per hour because rookie coaches are asking $60 and $70 per session on limited knowledge but it's all so that their bosses can take half for not even being there. Farcical to say the least.
I received a call from someone just recently who was down on holidays who asked me if I would give their children a tennis coaching lesson. Now both of these children are remarkably talented tennis players already considering they have had very little coaching.
Both of them hit a two handed backhand with an almost forehand grip, I found that disturbing. The left arm was having to do an enormous amount of work to get over the ball and create topspin due to the wrong grip. It was rather easy to fix, I simply showed them the benefits of it which no one else obviously had. Here's the proof.
I asked about their past and where they have had lessons. Now without going too much into detail I was told that the last person to give them a lesson was someone who 'basically just had a hit up with them', (That was what one of their parents said ).
No correcting, no technique work. Now why would that be ? Because when I was told the name of the person who gave them the lesson it made plenty of sense. That person had no right on earth to charge the amount of money that they did for an hour of tuition that was as beneficial to them as an ash tray on a motor bike.
If a rookie offers advice then they should charge accordingly because that rookie is not qualified to charge the same as a seasoned coach, yet they do. 
Problem is this, when the consumer receives a lesson from someone who corrects technique flaws the rookie is exposed for who they are, someone who is simply learning the art of the teaching side.
So should a rookie's hourly fee be capped at a certain hourly rate so that qualified experienced tennis coaches can then perhaps charge a little less and make the game affordable to learn ? Or do the real tennis coaches of the industry have to keep putting their rates up to separate themselves from the 'Mickey Mouse' tennis coaches with the 'Walt Disney' teaching methods that hold little substance ?
We are looking at $150 an hour in the coming years to learn tennis because of certain people who are full of their own self importance who currently charge ridiculous amounts of money regardless of their qualifications or knowledge on the game. It will keep rising due to the free for all type of nature of the industry where nothing is capped.
Common sense should take place but tennis will unfortunately continue to be an elitist sport while we have 'Mickey Mouse' teaching it. Correct me if I am wrong.......

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