What the pros say…
Dear Gerri and Mike,
I wanted to thank you and your Performance Paddle Camp staff for making a much needed trip to Philadelphia, and more importantly Aronimink Golf Club. I’ve felt privileged to be involved in your paddle camps the last two seasons, and always leave feeling more enlightened than the last season.
I would first like to explain to you what the camps have meant to my staff and me. I have been teaching paddle for the past eight years…or so I thought! What I now realize is that for all but the last two seasons I was teaching my players how to “play better tennis” on the paddle court. I can say with great confidence that all of my student’s strokes have improved dramatically over the years. Only one problem, although they were “hitting” the ball better, they were not really playing better paddle. I’m probably not alone in this style of instruction. Your camps made it perfectly clear that the execution of the “strategy of paddle” was really where the matches are being won and lost, not by the best hits. My staff and I with your help have found a standardized method of teaching both the important strategies and techniques unique to paddle alone.
The impression you have made on my students has been even more dramatic than on the staff. For the first time my members have a plan that they can utilize at every level of competition, from beginner to tournament players. It is so encouraging to hear our players reinforcing the strategies that the instructors have been preaching in practices and lessons. I can assure you that Aronimink has bought into “the system” for which the strategy is affectionately named. Every week at interclub practices my students are explaining the reason for winning was “our opponents didn’t know the system.”
Having the camp at Aronimink in October has made us better, more credible paddle instructors and has raised the level of play, and more importantly the level of awareness at every level. Thanks again, we all can’t wait to see you again next year.
Director of Racquet Sports