Events of recent days have prompted me to produce some guidance with regards “online experts” and people who claim to have expert knowledge. The following advice covers some aspects – if you have any questions ask your own coach or people you know and trust at your club.

1. If someone feels the need to advertise they are an “EXPERT or EXPERIENCED” coach be very careful of following any advice or guidance. Remember many sites just want content and like newspapers say and publish anything to get hits and readership.

2. If someone claims to be an experienced coach, do some research and find out if that claim is true (not everything on the internet is true) – ask which clubs they have been full time professional coaches for, which players they have produced etc… A coaching licence tells you they are insured and have been DBS checked. The Level they are is not a guide to how good they are – that is just a qualification, in the same way as a degree does not mean you are a better hairdresser than another who has not spent the money on a degree. There are excellent coaches who have produced players who have basic qualifications. Find out what they have done in developing players. Having been a good player does not by default make someone a good coach. 

3. There are no tricks, no shortcuts – get into the training hall and work hard.

4. Occasionally good coaches do share stuff online but check with your own coach before following any online advice.

6. A fast blade and faster rubbers is not a shortcut to being a better player – for young players starting out this can seriously hamper your development.