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Dr. Joy is CEO/Joy of Sport provides world-class JOS “Inner Winner” Tennis Coaching and has spanned the globe as a High-Performance Coach/Commentator/Author/Speaker helping Tennis Players, Olympic Gold Medalists, Sports Leaders, Celebrities, Fortune 500 Corporate Executives and Special Olympians WIN in Sports ⇾ Business ⇾ Life!

JOS is a full-time year-round academy training top players from around the world including past Superstar Tennis Protégés: Serena & Venus Williams, Andy Roddick, and Jennifer Capriati. 

Dr. Joy shares with SportsEdTV segments of her Tennis Success System for developing a great forehand, backhand, volleys, overhead, serve, returns of serves, lobs, approach shots and drop shots. 

This method uses a simple success cube system to facilitate the player/coach to remember the main parts of the strokes. 

Success Cube 4 Fabulous Forehands

1) Fabulous Forehands C-Cubed -C3 (Coil, Contact, Catch)

With Forehand Groundstrokes the 3 main parts of the stroke are Backswing –Contact – Follow through. But the most important or “Bulls-Eye” for the forehand groundstroke is “Contact.”

So, for the simple JOS Success Cube for Fabulous Forehand Groundstrokes remember... "C3" (C-cubed) Coil – Contact – Catch.

First, a player must split Coil...hop and twist on the balls of both feet, align and position your shoulder, hands, and hips as one unit. Separate arms and point at the ball. Then move to the ball with your palm/racquet ready, plant and rotate your whole body into Contact then at the end of the stroke Catch your racquet to quickly prepare for the next shot.


Ok Players, for Fabulous Forehands

to Win the Match...Remember

C-Cubed - (C3) Coil, Contact, and Catch!


Success Cube 4 Booming Backhands

2) Booming Backhands P-Cubed - P3 (Pocket, Pop, Point)

In tennis...a unique stroke that is challenging to many players...that can be hit with two totally different techniques and styles...is the Backhand Groundstroke.

For most of the 20th century, the backhand was hit predominantly with one hand using either an eastern or continental grip. Then in the early 1970s, the two-handed backhand became more popular on the pro tour with Chris Evert and Bjorn Borg.

So Today, for our “Bulls-Eye” JOS Stroke of the Day, we’ll take a look at the Superstars’ Success Secrets 4 Booming Backhands. One thing great about the JOS Success Formula is that it can be used for both one and two-handed backhands. And drum roll please...the JOS Success Cube for Booming Backhands is P-Cubed “P3 – Pocket, Pop & Point. Great Tennis Model: Craig Bell/DOT/Bent Tree Country Club.


A player must split/coil, turn sideways and bring both hands to their hip Pocket. Position their feet, plant and Pop the contact, then extend the racquet, shift weight, and Point the racquet tip toward the target. A two-handed player blocks, shifts, and points toward the target. While a one-handed player, blocks, separate, and points.


OK Players if you want Booming Backhands

that keep your Opponents in the Stands...Remember

P-Cubed – (P3) Pocket, Pop, and Point! 


Success Cube 4 Victorious Volleys

3) Victorious Volleys S-Cubed - S3 (Set, Step, Squeeze)

In tennis...the fastest and simplest stroke in the game is the Volley. Some players are a little afraid of the net due to the fast pace and fear of getting hit. So Today, our “Bulls-Eye” Boomer Stroke of the Day, we’ll take a look at the simple success keys for BBT’s Victorious Boomer Volleys.

In volleys, the “Bulls-Eye” or most important part of the stroke is Contact. With very little backswing or follow through. So, for the JOS Success Cube for Victorious Volley’s remember...

S-Cubed “S3”– Set, Step, Squeeze. Tennis Model: Craig Bell/DOT/Bent Tree Country Club.

A player should split and Set the angle of the Racquet. For forehand volleys, the racket tip goes from 12-2-12, and for the backhand volley 12-10-12. Next, the player should simultaneously cross Step & Make Contact with the ball... Squeeze instead of Swing for Power. Then make a recovery split step to get ready for the next shot.

OK Players, if you want to make your volleys

a breeze... Remember

S-Cubed - (S3) Set, Step, and Squeeze! 


Success Cube 4 Outstanding Overheads

4) Outstanding OverheadsS3 (Sideways, Salute, Snap)

In JOS “Bulls-Eye” Tennis we show you the revolutionary keys to getting Breakthrough Results in your Tennis Game... by focusing on the most important part of each stroke...then successfully with Basic Tennis BioMechanics... build the stroke from the “Bulls-Eye” or Inside/Out!

For Today’s “Bulls-Eye” Stroke, we’ll take a look at the Superstars’ Secrets 2 SUCCESS for Outstanding Overheads. And drum roll please...the JOS Success Formula for Outstanding Overheads is S-Cubed “S3” – Sideways, Salute & Snap.

What’s fun about JOS’s Outstanding Overhead’s is that you get to become a Cheerleader or Statue of Liberty...by simultaneously lifting both arms... quickly turning Sideways, Salute & Snap. The “Bulls-Eye '' most important part of the Overhead is the SNAP and for balance remember to keep your eyes and free hand up until contact.

So Players...for a Brilliant Backhand

that’s in Demand... Remember

S-Cubed (S3) – Sideways, Salute & Snap


Success Cube 4 Grand Slam Serves

5) Grand Slam Serves R-Cubed (R3) (Relax, Reach, wRist)

Next, we’re going to take a look at the Superstars’ Secrets to Success for Grand Slam Serves! Talking about the fastest serves in recorded history...when co-owning and directing the Macci International Tennis Academy in Florida, I had the pleasure of working with Tennis Superstar Protégés’:

Venus Williams, who for many years held the all-time fastest record on the Women’s Tour @ 129 mph, as well as Andy Roddick, who held the title on Men’s Tour @ whipping 155 mph.

For the Serve, the single most important part of the “Bulls-Eye” of the stroke is the Wristsnap! So, for the JOS Success Formula for Grand Slam Serves, we will use R-Cubed "R3" – Relax, Reach, and wRist

(we have to cheat a little and drop the “w” for wRist)! Tennis Model: Craig Bell/DOT/Bent Tree Country Club.

The first thing a player must do when serving is Relax – line up your feet and shoulders to the service box while Relaxing your wrist and dropping the tip of the racquet & hiding your palm, next you lift both the tossing and racket hands simultaneously tossing off the front foot while Reaching and lifting your eyes/arms/racket up to the toss, accelerating & snapping your wRist on contact.

So, if you want to elevate your Grand Slam Serve

to make your opponent Swerve... Remember

R-Cubed (R3) – Relax, Reach, and wRist! 


Success Cube 4 Rock-in-Return of Serves

6) Rock-in-Returns H-Cubed - (H3) Hop, Hands, Hit

In Tennis, one of the most important strokes in the game that often gets overlooked is the Return of Serve. And to effectively and consistently break an opponent’s serve a player must learn how to prepare quickly and keep it simple. Because a fast serve can take less than a second to get to you.

With that in mind for the JOS Stroke of the Day, we’ll take a look at the keys to Rock-in Return of Serves. Similar to groundstrokes, the “Bulls-Eye” or most important part of a Return of Serve is the Contact. And the length of the return swing is greatly affected by the speed and spin on the serve.

So drum roll please...the JOS Success Formula for Return of Serve is H-Cubed “H3” – Hop, Hands & Hit.

The first key for a Rock-in Return of Serve is for the player to mentally decide where he/ she wants to hit the return. When the server tosses the ball make a quick split-step or Hop. As soon as you figure out which side the serve is going to, quickly align your Hands (palm for forehands and knuckles for backhand returns) toward the target. Then move forward diagonally to Hit the ball on the rise to give your opponent a big surprise.

So Boomers, for a Rock-in Return

that keeps your opponents Stern...Remember

H-Cubed - (H3) – Hop, Hands, Hit


Success Cube 4 Laser Lobs

7) Laser Boomer Lobs L-Cubed (L3) Line Up, Lengthen, Lift

In tennis there’s an aggressive shot that can be used both as an offensive and defensive weapon...and that is the Lob. The Lob was introduced into the game in 1878 by the 2nd Wimbledon Champion – Frank Hadow when he creatively used the new shot to defeat Spencer Gore and became known as the “Loftiest Champion”.

So for Today’s JOS Stroke of the Day, we’ll take a look at the keys to Laser Lobs. Built off of groundstrokes, the “Bulls-Eye” or most important part of a Lob is the Contact. So drum roll please...for the JOS Success Formula for the Laser Lobs is L-Cubed “L3” – Line-Up, Lengthen & Lift.

A player prepares and Lines-Up for a lob just like he/she would do for a Groundstroke, then during contact Lengthens & Lifts the stroke. For an offensive lob, players quickly brush up the ball to create heavy topspin, or for a defensive Lob to slow down the pace and buy time, use a simple flat or slice lob.

So Players, to Master Laser Lobs

that makes your opponent Sob... Remember

L-Cubed - (L3) – Line Up, Lengthen, and Lift


Success Cube 4 Awesome Approach Shots

8) Awesome Approach Shots S-Cubed - S3 (Strike, Step, Step)

In tennis, one of the most important transition shots in the game is the Approach Shot. It’s used when players offensively want to advance from the back baseline area to the net to finish out the point. So for Today’s “Bulls-Eye” Stroke of the Day, we’ll take a look at the 3 success keys for Awesome Boomer Approaches!

So, for JOS Approach Shots, the “Bulls-Eye” or most important part of the stroke once again, is the Contact. But one thing unique about this stroke is that it’s a smooth flowing shot.

So, for the JOS Success Formula for Awesome Approaches remember...S-Cubed "S3" – Strike, Step, Step.

A player quickly prepares with a shorter backswing, moves forward, blocks the front shoulder into the shot with a flowing Strike, Step, Step motion. Then immediately, transitions into a recovery split step to prepare for the next shot. Great Tennis Model: Craig Bell/DOT/Bent Tree Country Club, Dallas, Texas.


So Players, if you want to have an Awesome Attacking Approach Shot


S-Cubed (S3) - Strike, Step, Step


Success Cube 4 Deadly Drop Shots

9) Deadly Boomer Drop Shots S3 (Soften, Scoop, Stop)

In tennis, a major offensive & defensive weapon that is often overlooked in the game...is the Drop Shot! In the 1940s Bobby Riggs was considered to have one of the greatest drop shots of all time...and presently Rafael Nadal & Roger Federer are players who brilliantly use the weapon with great flair and finesse.

So for Today’s “Bulls-Eye” Stroke of the Day, we’ll take a look at the superstars’ secrets to Deadly Boomer Drop Shots. And the “Bulls-Eye” or most important part of a drop shot is the Contact. But to master this shot, one must understand the Art of Touch and Finesse.

So drum roll please...the JOS Success Blueprint of Deadly Boomer Drop Shots is S-Cubed "S3" – Soften, Scoop, Stop. Cool Tennis Model: Craig Bell/DOT/Bent Tree Country Club.

First, a player must deceptively prepare for a shot just like a normal offensive groundstroke, then at the last minute just prior to contact – Soften the grip, slightly caress and Scoop the ball during contact and immediately Stop the forward swing.

So Players, if you want a Deceptive & Deadly Drop Shot


S-Cubed - (S3) - Soften, Scoop, and Stop.