Ever wished you were as good as one of those pool sharks you watch at the bars? It’s time to impress your friends and learn how to play pool. This lesson reveals billiards secrets that you would never dream of; the main goal is to make the game easy for you. Discover position techniques, drills, bridges and strokes, and trick shots that actually work. Aim for that cue ball and become the next pool shark!
Want to improve your resistance training, and by extension, your tennis playing? Full Swing Tennis shows you multiple techniques to strengthen your body and your game. Run up stairs and hills for muscular and cardiovascular work (but learn how to avoid the hazards of shin splints). Try using bungies, which are both cheap and portable ways to train. Explore water training, which lets you strengthen your body without the usual wear and tear that comes from running.
If you've mastered the 180 front flip of parkour, it's time to get a little more hardcore. Nick Provost offers parkour training that teaches you the aerial twist, a great way to get over or off of any obstacle. Learn the run up, foot position, and arm movements you need to successfully pull off this impressive move.
One shot can mean the difference between winning and losing--so up your game by learning proper body positioning to optimize performance! Many players make the mistake of standing with their legs parallel to each other, rather than with their feet spread apart (forming a triangle with their hips). However, this posture restricts movement, and leads to unnecessary missed shots. In this lesson, learn how to easily correct this posture and ensure more frequent victories.
Serve up the perfect tennis serve with this lesson on tossing the ball from Full Swing Tennis. Learn how to position your body, feet, and arms. See how high to toss the ball straight up, how far above the contact point to throw it, and get tips on how to recover from a poor toss. Remember: it's not a serve til the ball touches some part of your racket, so take your time!
Why bend over backwards- or bend over at all- to pick up a tennis ball? Lock and Roll tennis teaches you how to perform Rafael Nadal's sweet trick for getting the tennis ball off the ground using just his feet. It's a stylish, hip, and effortless way to retrieve a ball, especially when you're practicing your tennis swings and have a lot of balls to collect!
Get a forehand tennis swing as lethal as that of Rafael Nadal! Full Tennis Swing teaches you this drill based on the Nadal pattern of play, and which can hone your forehand. The drill also can help students to practice aiming for the edges rather than center of the court, and improve their topspin, drop shots, angle shots, and trajectory. Once you've got the hang of the basic drill, add complications that will help with pace and power.
Looking to improve your short game? You’d better know the difference between a chip and pitch shot. In addition to improving your putting game, knowing these two shots will bring your golf game to a whole new level. PGA professional Logan DeCarolis demonstrates how to get lift under your pitch shot, and roll for your chip shot in this lesson.
Learn to play ping pong even better than Forrest Gump! Table Tennis Coach introduces you to the finer points of the forehand counterdrive, a table tennis swing that creates a power pocket that allows you to really drive the ball. Learn how to position and turn your body, where to place your feet, how to distribute your weight, and where you make contact with the ball for this mighty swing.
Don't hold back on your tennis serve just because you have to hit the service box! You may not even realise that you're keeping your body from using its full potential, but you can retrain yourself to get that extra oomph. Tennis Mind Game offers a series of tips and some drills you can practice to focus on developing the power of your serve, even when high accuracy is required.
One of the most effective ways to improve your tennis game is to work on your footwork. It will improve your swing and allow you to get the necessary power behind every shot. In this tutorial, Jeff Salzenstein (former top 100 ATP tennis player and 2-time All-American) covers the basics of the horse stance: when you use it, why you use it and how it is done effectively.
Get in on the racket surrounding the single handed backhand tennis swing! Full Swing Tennis teaches you everything you need to know about the one-handed backhand. Prepare for the swing by holding your racket with the Eastern backhand grip. Once you're ready to step up to the net and take a swing at it. Learn how in four easy steps! See where to place your feet, the angle of the racket, and the follow-through.
The ball is in your court. Now what to do with it? You can't win without breaking your opponent's serve, so learn how to return service. This lesson from Full Swing Tennis teaches you where to stand, a bunny hop to change direction quickly, how to predict what kind of serve your opponent will deliver, how to handle different speeds of serves, and where to aim your return volley.
Poker may be a game played with cards and chips, but a good portion of the game is mental, involving skill, observation, and a fair amount of intimidation. So learn a trick that will leave your opponents uneasy—discover how to shuffle poker chips! In this lesson, Tom Athan demonstrates how easy it is to begin shuffling chips, starting with two piles of three chips. Once you’ve got it down, you’ll be able to keep your opponents entertained and intimidated by your overwhelming skills.
Improve your backhand punch volley in four easy steps! Full Swing Tennis offers this beginners lesson in the backhand volley. Learn about the ready position and the importance of the continental grip. See how to hold your arms and upper body once you pivot into your swing. Discover how to build up wrist strength so you can perform your volley with one hand for better power and control.
It's your second serve, and you want to play it safe yet throw off your opponent. So how do you do it? This lesson from Full Swing Tennis teaches you every step of the Kick Serve, which will result in a high arc of the ball over the net but leave your opponent facing an awkward and unpredictable bounce. Learn about grip, leg positioning, toss, and swing. This lesson also includes a quick drill for strengthening your Kick Serve.
Want to bend it like Beckham? In this first part of a two part lesson, Italian soccer/football coaches Mirko Mazzantini and Simone Bombardieri teach you a series of drills that can help you hone your skills when practicing alone or with a friend. Work on quick changes of direction, dribbling, juggling, frontal attacks, and receiving the ball in the air. You even can practice these exercises alone at home: all you need is a ball and a wall.
Want to be the next David Beckham or Manuele Blasi? It'll take practice. Luckily, Soccer Tutor offers you lessons to hone your football/soccer skills. In this second of two parts, learn exercises that will help with mobility, sensitivity of the contact point on the inside of your foot, coordination, sudden changes in direction, and quickness of leg movement.
Your forehand can be hampered by some nasty habits that are tough to kick. Because the tennis forehand is the first stroke you learn, as the saying goes, “Old habits die hard.” Fortunately Jeff Salzenstein, former top 100 ATP tennis player and 2-time All-American, provides some tips that will guide you towards mastering the perfect forehand.