Everyball Junior Summer Tennis Camps at Halton Tennis Centre and Junior Performance Training for competitive players

Hello all,

We are absolutely delighted to be in a position to run our Junior Summer Tennis Camps again this Summer, running for 6 weeks beginning the week of 20th July.  Please view our July newsletter for all relevant information in the link below (please ignore that it says 'December' in the link!)


Also, in the absence of junior competitive play this summer (all tournaments off until end of August) we are also running 6 hours per week (2 x 3 hr sessions) of Junior Performance Training for tournament players on a weekly basis.  Do feel free to contact Mike James (mikejames@everyball.net) for more information on this as this will be run on an invite-only basis.  A great opportunity to continue to develop your game through this period!

Mike James featuring on the Kris Soutar Tennis Journal podcast

Hi friends of Everyball,

I had the privilege of being a guest on the Kris Soutar Tennis Journal podcast last week and below is the link if you'd like to give it a listen.

We covered quite a wide range of topics including the impact of lockdown on how player's might 'own' more of their development going forwards, the merits of the UK and US University and College Tennis systems, the journey of Halton from a ground zero start back in 2002 to what it is today and a little about our evolving vision and culture at the club.

Hope you enjoy it!


Are you a 'upper' or a 'backer' (when it comes to foot placement on the serve!)

Wish life choices were so simple but on the serve we've got two choices as what to do with the feet!

What are you?  An upper or a backer??

In case you're undecided I explore reasons for each in this post that might help.

Using the legs....

'Use the legs more!'

A fair bit of advice often heard in many a coaching session, but using the legs can mean a number of different things. 

Here, I look at how you can use the legs (specifically the back leg) on your groundstrokes to release the kinetic chain (body segments) through the shot.

What happens when you turn too late?

Too early?

Not at all?

and bang on time?!


Sometimes when things are taken away, it's only then that we truly appreciate them

That's what they say isn't it?

When things are taken away, it's only then that we truly appreciate them.

The last couple of days I have felt this keenly.

I have been playing tennis for over 45 years and coaching for 30 odd, so naturally it can be taken for granted.  

But it is a sport that has given and taught me so much, and one that has enabled me to earn a living and provide for my family.  The feeling of appreciation I have for it and for all those who have helped and supported me along the way, and for those who are loyally coming back to coaching after lockdown is immense, so thank you tennis and thank you to all our customers at Halton Tennis Centre and Everyball Tennis who are back supporting our sport and profession.

The LTA has also been a superb support to clubs and coaches during this time.  Important to recognise this, so thank you governing body.

I managed a little volley work-out on the ball machine yesterday which was fun.  Same reception (ball sent in by the machine) but different projections (volleys) by me based on my changing court position and shot intention.

I'm currently offering some one-off 'back to tennis' video analysis sessions to get players back quickly and safely to their games.  Contact me for further info if you'd like at mikejames@everyball.net

Overcoming the angle of I & R - tennis is back in action today!


Yep, the Angle of Incidence & Reflection is the posh way of saying the ball wants to rebound off the racket at the angle it approaches the racket.

When changing direction (ie: going down-the-line off a cross-court ball) off a slower ball, angling the racket face appropriately is enough - ie: direct the strings down the line and the ball will go down the line assuming a good contact.

If however the ball is faster we have to overcome the A of I & R by:

  1. adding more speed in the racket and/or
  2. over-compensating with the contact point and racket face angle

Could be one to practice today if you get a chance to get on court!!!

Give the non-dominant side of your body a little care and attention

Tennis is very much a one-side dominant sport - especially so for those one-handers out there but with the serve and forehand hit as they are the same applies to two handers as well.  So to prevent problems arising from this imbalance, make sure you give the non-dominant side of your body some care and attention!

Make up a little circuit with your non-dominant side today.  Here was my effort.

Shot direction is determined by the angle of the racket face which is influenced by.....

The deciding or determining factor in achieving a certain direction to your shots (and therefore accuracy) as you look to move your opponent is the angle of the racket face at contact.

This can be influenced by 3 elements:

  1. Impact point
  2. Body position
  3. Wrist position

Fix 2/3 of these and it is the third that will required adjusting to change the angle of the racket face.

I demonstrate this here in today's video (51 daily tips since the 22/3/20 and still going!)...