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Well, I feel a little chastised right now.  Someone asked if the QM-1 could be mounted directly into the wire mesh of the fence.  My first response was no….and then I decided to take another look, and lo and behold, it not only works, but it works really well and is extremely easy to do.  Click here to se e how it works.  Here’s a video of how it works, and I’ll never take anything for granted again!

 

 

George Wachtel has put together a great blog for seniors.  Rich in information on a wide variety of topics.  Here’s the link:  Click Here

Danny Westerman of Denver University says:  “We always take the QM-1 with us on road trips.  The guys love to watch their matches in the evenings while we’re on the road”

This the the text of a review by “Ultimate Tennis Equipment”.

The QM-1 has so many uses that it is almost too difficult to comment on each one of them. Off the bat, one might look at the device and think that it doesn’t warrant a price tag of $69. While at first this may appear to be a hefty sum, it ultimately isn’t. As it is compatible with any video camera, it could be seen as a cost effective solution. There is nothing else one needs to purchase to get the mount working, and it should interface with whatever equipment that one already has on hand.

Players might want to use the camera mount to study their own skills as well as the skills of an opponent. Of course, there are more creative approaches that people can take, such as creating a college recruitment video for tennis players. It might also be good for those in high school to film videos that can attract people to the tennis club, or be distributed online. Technical players will certainly appreciate the ability to keep a match record and find potential shortcomings.

Though it is light enough to be carried in anyone’s tennis bags, coaches especially will appreciate just how durable it is. The mount is quick to set up, and really rather secure once it is installed. There is a place for the unit at just about any court.

Rainy days no longer have to mean that coaches can’t review match play. Indeed, there has always been a lot of talk about how great coaches watch tape. Likewise, trainers can use the system to give their clients visual feedback.

Here’s a link to the website.  Ultimate Tennis  Equipment

Here’s a short 18 sec video from my tournament match yesterday. See what shot you would have made, then see what my opponent did. (By the way, my ego insists that I say we won the match, despite his great shot-making!) 🙂

Click here to see the video, which will open in a new tab.

Recorded with the Kodak Playsport ZX5 and a magnetic wide angle lens.

Here’s a link to a very informative video by Oncourt/Offcourt.  I often practice against the wall, and Joe has some interesting comments.   You can also mount your QM-1 on a fence and watch your strokes to see how you’re doing.   Great tennis practice.

Click here to go to YouTube and use your back button to return.

Reading through Rafael Nadal’s new book “Rafa”, I liked this quote so much and it seemed so appropriate to this website that I put it on the home page.  Here it is again:

“Toni and I watch a lot of tennis videos, especially of my games, both ones that I’ve won and the ones that I’ve lost”

Rafa has a great attitude, saying at one point that one thing he really notices is how good his opponents really are, and that it’s pointless to get down on himself when his opponent makes a great shot.  It’s a great book, and I highly recommend it.  The thought processes Rafa goes through are not unlike those of the average player, in that he faces the same problems as most tennis players.  Emotional as well as strategic.   At the time I’m writing this, I’m watching Rafa and Ferrer play the finals of the Barcelona Open.  The book gives me a completely different perspective on Nadal’s tennis game!

Maureen Slattery from Denver University playing a point with yours truly. After she trounced me, Maureen went on to All-American Status in 2017.

The purpose of this blog  is to put forth an forum for  interested tennis players, coaches and parents of tennis players  to share what they may have learned about  recording their tennis matches.  Maybe tips on how they have used the QM-1, or on video equipment in general and how they got the best results.  We are always filming and recording tennis matches and will be sharing with you what we learn to improve your own efforts and at a minimum simplify the process.

 

Champions Trophy

Mike Lammens, developer of QM-1 Camera Mount.

Another purpose is to present tennis tips and related links on tennis in general.  We can never get enough of this kind of information!  If you have an idea for a blog post, or if you would like to contribute to this blog, feel free to contact us at info@mytennistools.com.

This tennis player didn’t know I had my camera on – he talks about how his girlfriend used the

QM-1 Camera Mount to film her  tennis lesson.

Why  take tennis lessons?

As a USPTA certified instructor, you might think I don’t need to take tennis lessons.  To the contrary, I find them very useful.  Yes, I know what I should be doing, but taking lessons gives me great feed back on what I can’t see.  Also, there is a lot to learn, and none of us knows it all.  It might take a while, but finding the right tennis instructor can be well worth it.  Lessons are expensive – make the most of them!

Keeping a video recording of your lesson can be valuable.

Reviewing the tennis lesson soon afterwards helps to embed the lesson into your brain so you will keep it in mind next time you go on the court.  And you should definitely review the lesson before going back out.   On key points, I even ask my instructor to trade sides of the court so that I can get a good video of what he is trying to get me to do.  This helps give me yet another visual on what it should look like.  Of course, that means that you have a great instructor with good strokes that you can mimic.  Luckily, I have found such a person and it’s great.  At 22 sec into the video, David demonstrates the slice as it should be.

But what if I forget to film the tennis lesson?  Then take notes!  Right now as I look at my bulletin board, I see some notes I took when my coach and I reviewed a match video.  Items include such things as “vary approach shot to include cross-court” and “make him move diagonally to get to a short ball”.  One other note says “Hug the baseline”.

Bottom Line?  Tennis lessons are expensive and to get the most out of them, record them for later review, or at a minimum take notes.  Optimally?? Do both!!