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Tennis Newsletter | November 2009 |
What's All the Fuss About String Types?
 By Clay Cypert, Owl Creek Staff
Tennis StringsWith so many different kinds of strings, each varying in price, durability and playability, selecting the right string and tension can seem like more trouble than it's worth. Clay Cypert at Owl Creek Tennis Center offers insight into the pros and cons of the various types, so you can select the best option for your racquet.
Indoor Seasonals: Final Chance to Reserve Times
Looking for a weekly seasonal time? Please complete the  2009/2010 Seasonal Application. Seasonal times are filling very quickly, so the faster you get your request in, the better chance you will have of getting your preferred day and time.
Tennis for the Whole Family
Family TennisSpend some time with your child while learning to play tennis in one of our Family Tennis classes held at Owl Creek Tennis Center.  Classes are divided based on the age of the child: under 10 years or 11-17 years.  You'll receive five lessons that cover the fundamentals of the game for both of you at the same time.
If the weather is chilly, don't worry!  We have climate controlled indoor courts that will keep you comfortable as you learn this fantastic sport! 
Family Tennis Age 10 & Under
Tuesdays, 4:30 - 5:30 pm beginning Dec. 22 | $80 covers parent and child
Family Tennis Age 11-17
Thursdays, 4:30 - 5:30 pm beginning Nov. 12 | $80 covers parent and child
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Recipe of the Month
Sweet Potato Casserole
Just in time for Thanksgiving, this is a great alternative to the gooey, sugar-laden marshmallow version.


Facility Closures 
Owl Creek Tennis Center will be closed on Nov. 11 in observance of Veteran's Day and Nov. 26-27 for Thanksgiving.
The Sport for a Lifetime 
Tennis is a sport that can be enjoyed by every age and every ability and as a result is often labeled the sport for a lifetime.  Playing tennis is not only good for the body, it's also good for the mind.
Dr. Jack L. Groppel, Ph.D. compiled five benefits of tennis that range from the physical to the mental and emotional.  "Tennis players scored higher in vigor, optimism and self-esteem while scoring lower in depression, anger, confusion, anxiety and tension than other athletes or non-athletes, according to Dr. Joan Finn and colleagues in a study done at Southern Connecticut State University."
Pro Tip: Focus on Net Clearance 
Net ClearanceIf you've ever seen a professional match on television, it can be a little deceiving. While it appears that their shots consistently clear the net by just a few inches, that's not the case. The camera angles used create this illusion. In reality, the pros hit their shots several feet, or more, over the net. This is something all good players do for the following reasons:

Creates a Safer Shot - Hitting higher above the net allows a greater margin for error on your shots. While certain shots (passing shots or approach shots) can have a lower net clearance, you must first be able to consistently hit your rally shot and build your game around that.

Adds Depth - The easiest way to get more depth on your shots is to have a higher net clearance. While you can get depth by hitting it harder, it's a riskier shot and takes more energy. Depth of shot is a great quality to have on your rally shots, so hit the higher shot to easily create that depth.

Mixes It Up - Throw your opponents off by adding variety to your shots. Occasionally hit a higher than normal shot and you might find out that your opponent is not able to return it as well. The occasional high bouncing ball can bother them, especially if it is deep to their weaker side. Remember to increase the net clearance of your shots and watch the unforced errors decrease!

See you on the courts!
 - Donny Weed, Owl Creek Staff

Owl Creek Municipal Tennis Center
Location: 928 S. Birdneck Road, Virginia Beach | Phone: (757) 385-2695
Hours: Monday - Friday: 9am - 9pm | Saturday and Sunday: 9am - 5pm
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