Tennis elbow, like basketball jones and chess pain, is a condition unjustly affiliated with the sport it's named after, considering modern technology allows anyone to surgically attach a racket forearm. Smash misleading monikers with today's Groupon: for $30, you get a 60-minute private tennis lesson with Cliff McClain (a $70 value).
Cliff McClain, a former standout at North Carolina State University, uses expert knowledge and a friendly attitude to direct aspiring athletes toward a solid tennis foundation. The lesson begins with McClain feeding tennis balls to a student's forehand and backhand, assessing the player's strengths and weaknesses. Like a helpful haberdasher, McClain tailors the rest of the lesson to improving the individual's game, wherever improvement is needed, such as follow-through and swing, jump shots, serving, net play, or bullying ball boys for their chocolate-milk cartons. Players of all skill levels will find the lesson challenging and enjoy McClain's direct teaching style, insightful feedback, and unique ability to sew monogrammed duffle bags from old racket-string.
A lifetime of tennis has carried instructor Cliff McClain across the country—from Petaluma, California, where he was ranked #1 on the Casa Grande High School tennis team, to North Carolina State, where he played while studying. During lessons, the net specialist carefully assesses individual skills and works to improve existing form. Practical application begins as students field backhand and forehand shots from Cliff, who monitors each movement with a professional eye and provides feedback throughout each lesson, helping students learn to return balls quickly and consistently without having to swap brains with a labrador.
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