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Live Ball Versus Dead Ball Training: Which one is better? - Prodigy Maker Show Episode 64

It’s a huge debate in tennis development circles. Which is better: Live ball or dead ball training?

On the show, Chris talks about the following:

  • Live ball. What is it?
  • Dead Ball. What is it?
  • What is Magician and a Mechanic?
  • The Spanish Way of drilling
  • How games based approaches (GBA) relates to drilling philosophy
  • Different ways to structure lessons and classes:
    • Open-closed-open approach
    • Closed to open
    • Open to closed
  • How to build discipline without drills
  • How hitting with a 12-13 UTR is as exhausting as doing a basket drill
  • Whether it is possible to develop a champion without drills
  • Lluis Bruguera’s drilling philosophy
  • William Pato Alvarez’s drilling philosophy
  • Robert Lansdorp’s drilling style
  • Jose Higueras’ drilling style
  • How Chris’s coaching philosophy regarding drills has changed over time
  • Why 8 out of 10 shots made might be more than enough or might not be nearly enough!
  • Should consistency be built with basket drills or live ball drill?
Just in case you missed previous episodes of The Prodigy Maker Show!

Who is Chris Lewit? 


Chris Lewit is a former number one for Cornell and pro-circuit player. He is a high-performance coach, educator, and the author of two best-selling books:

  • The Secrets of Spanish Tennis
  • The Tennis Technique Bible


He has coached numerous top 10 nationally-ranked players and is known for his expertise in building the foundations of young prodigies. Chris is currently working towards an advanced degree in Kinesiology/Exercise Science with a focus on Biomechanics. Chris coaches in NYC and year-round at his high-performance tennis academy in Manchester, Vermont, where players can live and train the Spanish Way full-time or short-term.