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C.D.V. Philosophy  

C.D.V. stands for Control, Distance, and Velocity. TTS believes this is a natural and necessary progression in the learning curve.  Our approach to shot development follows these basic principles:  you must first establish control:  of your body, racket, stroke technique, and ultimately the ball; you then move on, using this established control, to regulate the distance:  of your body to the ball and how far the ball will travel for each shot selected; once these two skills are mastered you have the capacity to determine the needed velocity:  with which you strike the ball and impart to the ball,  using your personal parameters of control and distance attained through practice.  

Upon establishing a workable knowledge and understanding for these three primary requirements you will be able to create and use the necessary patterns which allow ultimately for success during competition.  

Movement Training  

TTS believes that movement training is of utmost importance.  Our specialized program is separated from our conditioning program to emphasize this importance.  Composed of sport specific movements that simulate the patterns used while in game situations, this ‘pattern running’ training is performed on court to create a superior learning environment.  Our intent is to produce maximum efficiency in movement by eliminating unnecessary foot and arm actions, thus creating more time for shot making. 

These exercises have been compiled from one of the most successful player development programs in the world.  Henk Van Hulst and Alex Reijnders in Eindhoven, the Netherlands have developed a litany of players with this system:  Jacco Eltingh, Paul Haarhuis, Richard Krajicek, Jan Seimerink, Sjeng Schalken, and John Van Lottum to name a few…  On a continuing schedule Alex, Jacco, and Paul turn up at TTS facilities to personally guide our players through this training regimen and help with player development.  

Speed Training

TTS speed training exercises incorporate Randy Smythe’s internationally recognized sequence of learning speed:

1. Dynamic Flexibility: warming, flexing, and learning motions
2. Innervation: fast footwork, quick hands
3. Mechanics: technique, quality control of motions
4. Accumulation of Potential: leg drive down, power stride out
5. Explosion: starts, acceleration, top speed
6. Expression of Potential: use what you’ve learned, apply it to real bursts.