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    DYNAMITE DOUBLES Play Winning Tennis Today! By Helle Sparre Viragh

3)     Introduction This presentation will introduce the main contents of the book by Helle Sparre Viragh. Charts & Visuals will be direct from the book with page references It is recommended to buy the book, read the book & use it as a reference book as you learn the system
4)     Learn the Zones There are 4 Zones: Defense, Transition, Offense, Attack Zones extend beyond the court lines The lines are for the ball, the zones are for the players Page 26
5)     Know Your Homes Each Player has 2 “Homes” Depending on where the ball is in your opponent’s court, you and your partner need to be in one of your homes Page 27
6)     The Offense Zone This is where you and your partner want to be This is where you’ll build up the points You can get any ball your opponents hit from here You’ll be able to volley most shots from here You’re in charge from the Offense Zone This is a “major” zone Page33
7)     The Defense Zone This is the other “major” zone Notice how little of the actual court is in this zone Players play from zones, not from sections of the court Page 33
8)     The Transition Zone This is where you transition from one major zone to another This is where most opponent shots land Stand here and you won’t be able to hit a volley or a ground shot You should hit only one shot from here – then move to a major zone, either Offense or Defense Page 34
9)     The Attack Zone This too is a one shot zone Hit a winner and then move out Get prepared in another zone in case your “winner” is returned Page 35
10)     Playing From the Defense Zone Playing only from here and you will: -Work Hard -Play Tired -Only win a point when your opponent makes a mistake Page 36
11)     Playing From the Defense Zone Sometimes you have to play from here You have more time in the Defense Zone You can slow play down to regain control If you get in trouble in this zone, your partner needs to be there, too Page 37
12)     Playing From the Defense Zone If you stay in the Defense Zone while your partner is in the Offense Zone, the gap is huge The gap between partners is the main thing to protect and defend against Page 38
13)     Closing the Gap With both partners in the Offense Zone, the gap is smaller and harder for the opponents to bisect the plane between them Getting both partners into the same major zone (Offense or Defense) narrows the gap This may take time BE PATIENT! Page 39
14)     Playing Through the Transition Zone It’s a one-shot zone Either continue through it to the Offense Zone or retreat to the Defense Zone Both partners must be in a major zone before your opponent hits the ball Page 41
15)     What to Hit in the Transition Zone Don’t depend on winning shots from here Build up the point, have patience Use your one shot to help you and your partner to both get to a major zone Page 41
16)     Playing From The Offense Zone The main goal is for you & your partner to be together in the Offense Zone You Can: Move forward for a put-away volley Stay for a reflex/defensive volley, or Back up for a deep lob in the Transition Zone Always try to volley from the Offense Zone Don’t plan on hitting a winner from here Page 44
17)     Playing From the Attack Zone Playing in the Attack Zone can be hazardous This is a one shot zone Don’t stand in this zone waiting for the ball Move towards the ball and hit down on the ball Hit the shot: Between your opponents, or Angled short & wide, or At your closest opponent’s feet Hit and move quickly back to the Offense Zone Page 48
18)     Court Coverage The biggest mistake in Doubles: Partners trying to cover the same shot As partners, you have to cover as close to 100% of the court at all times The Offense Zone is the best area to be in as a team In Dynamite Doubles, you and your partner are never side-by-side, parallel to the net Page 54
19)     Partnership Roles The crosscourt player is farther back than the partner The crosscourt player has more court to cover The crosscourt player has to deal with more shots The crosscourt player is called the Workhorse Page 56
20)     Partnership Roles The head-on player is closer to the net, has less court to cover and fewer possible shots The head-on player can take more chances The head-on player is called the Terminator Page 56
21)     Up and Back the Diagonal Way The Workhorse is always diagonal from the ball on the opposite side of the net Player A is the Workhorse Player B is the Terminator Page 56
22)     Up and Back the Diagonal Way Each time your team changes the direction of the ball, each of you must also change position Player B is now the Workhorse Player A is now the Terminator Page 57
23)     Up and Back the Diagonal Way The Workhorse is responsible for: Crosscourt returns Down the middle shots All lobs The Terminator is responsible for drives down the line Page 58
24)     Playing Dynamite Doubles on Paper Dynamite Doubles winning tennis is knowing where to position yourselves: After partner A serves, A moves into the Transition Zone Partner B moves forward toward the Attack Zone, ready to poach If receiver C returns crosscourt toward server A, partner B moves back into the Offense Zone Page 68
25)     Playing Dynamite Doubles on Paper Server A volleys from the Transition Zone back crosscourt and moves into the Offense Zone Partner B moves forward again Page 68
26)     Playing Dynamite Doubles on Paper Partners A and B have worked their way into the Offense Zone, facing the ball Partner A is the Workhorse and partner B is the Terminator because the ball is crosscourt from A Partners are never side-by-side Page 70
27)     Moving Together The crosscourt player is always a little behind her partner and facing the ball in a “V” angle The Terminator creates her own “V” Both partners move right after either hits the ball in order to maintain control Move with your partner and always face the ball Page 74
28)     Moving Together Here is how you can get in trouble Note how big the gap is for the opponent hitting the ball Notice also that B is too far back to volley the ball if C decides to drive the shot down the line Page 75
29)     A Review of the Dynamite Doubles System Dynamite Doubles demands diagonal decisions The Workhorse must be ready to take: Anything crosscourt Deep lobs Down-the-middle shots The Terminator should not take: A shot out of reach down the middle A crosscourt shot that can’t be turned into something offensive or positive Page 78
30)     A Review of the Dynamite Doubles System Always try to be in the same major zone when the ball bounces in your opponents’ court Always stay positioned diagonally (staggered) to each other Both face the ball and the opponent who is going to hit it Be ready and balanced at the right place before the opponent’s next shot Page 78
31)     A Review of the Dynamite Doubles System The Dynamite Doubles system helps answer those four basic questions that plague doubles tennis players: What should I have done? Knowing what shot to make from where 2. Where should I have been? Knowing where to position yourself with partner 3. How could I have gotten that? Covering 100% of the court before opponent hits 4. Whose was that? Partner roles determines each partner’s responsibilities Page 84
32)     Playing from the Defense Zone, Advanced Your main goal is to vary your shots, mix up the pace, spins and the height of the ball to take control Always let the ball bounce Work at making opponents move forward & back, rather than side-to-side Surprise works Make them move Page 86
33)     Playing from the Defense Zone, Advanced Try to force a mistake from your opponent, rather than trying a grandstand winning shot Watch the opponent’s feet, body & racquet Will it be an overhead smash? Will it be a backhand shot? Will the ball bounce before being hit? Will it be a return lob? Cover the Defense Zone with your partner and be ready to move together through the Transition Zone Page 91
34)     “Turning the Court” Always face where the ball is coming from Your court coverage, your “V” changes each time you face a different spot You “turn the court” as you move You and your partner will always know which part of the court each is responsible for Page 95
35)     Where Do I Serve, Coach? If you serve up the middle, you decrease the angle at which your opponent can return the ball Also, serving to the backhand is very effective and results in a more predictable return The graph shows the author’s preferences from the deuce and ad courts Page 96
36)     Where Should I Stand to Serve? The best place to serve from in doubles is about halfway between the doubles line and the center mark Run forward in a slight diagonal line following your ball after you serve Page 97
37)     Where Should I Stand to Receive Serve? Draw an imaginary line from the server to one corner of the service box Draw another line to the other corner of the box Position yourself in the middle of those two lines for the best possible coverage Page 99
38)     Where Should I Stand to Receive Serve? Adjust to the server’s pattern, left or right-server, where they serve from, etc. Page 99
39)     Where Should I Stand to Receive Serve? Adjust to the server’s pattern, left or right-server, where they serve from, etc. Page 99
40)     Basic Rules of Doubles Tennis Get the ball over the net 2. Stay away from the net person Page 101
41)     Targets for the Returner Crosscourt, back toward the server Lob in a straight line over the net person Short angle crosscourt Page 100
42)     The Author’s Basic Rules to Play Winning Doubles - TODAY Always face where the ball is coming from and let the ball come into your “V” Know your “home” positions on the court – 2 in Offense Zone , 2 in Defense Zone, depending on whether you are the Workhorse or the Terminator Know your responsibilities as a Terminator and as a Workhorse Recover to a major zone AFTER your hit and BEFORE your opponent’s hit READY, READ and REACT! A point is never over until the ball bounces the second time. Never give up. There are no put-aways! HANG IN THERE. The ball is always coming back! Doubles is a game of angles and percentages. And Patience. Page 106
43)     Triangles and Diamonds Visualize four triangles on the other side of the court: 1, 2, 3 & 4 The hypotenuse of each triangle forms one side of a large diamond Depending on where you are, to avoid the opponent’s net person, hit your shot from: Your Triangle to your opponent’s Triangle Your Offensive Diamond to opponent’s Diamond Your Defensive Diamond to opponent’s Triangle NEVER your Defensive Triangle to opponent’s Diamond Page 107
44)     Subtract One Triangle Only three of the four Triangles should be your target: Crosscourt Deep Crosscourt Short Deep down the Line Play the high percentage shots and let your opponents make the mistakes Page 110
45)     Shot Selection & Targets The easiest Triangle to aim for is your opponent’s #1 Triangle Depth is important – if you hit short, the ball will land in the Diamond and your opponents will take control The second choice is the short crosscourt to Triangle #4 Last choice from your Triangle #1 is Triangle #2, usually a lob Page 120
46)     Shot Selection & Targets From your #2 Triangle, the shot selection is the same – the target Triangles are just numbered differently Page 120
47)     Dynamite Doubles Partners’ Contract I will play in the same major zone as my partner I will get my first serve in I will get my return over the net I will stay in the point until it is over I will make my lobs high, knowing height is more important than depth I will always make my Split-Step just before my opponent hits the ball I will BISECT THE PLANE of our opponents when I am the Terminator I will hit a minimum of 3 shots with patience when I am the Workhorse I will be positive and focused and in-the-game at all times I will let go of the last point played. I will not worry about the end result I will stay in the moment and play One Point At A Time Page 124
48) The End That was just the highlights of the Dynamite Doubles System of playing winning doubles tennis We suggest you do the following: Buy the book Read the book many times Practice the system when you play Encourage others to play the system

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