25 episodes

Baseline Intelligence is a podcast dedicated to providing a broad array of insights and perspectives for both highly competitive and recreational tennis players. In addition to comprehensive discussions related to proper technique, helpful practice, training and strategy recommendations, this podcast explores the dimensions of important mental training, and the application and interpretation of meaningful tennis analytics. Just as important, this podcast aims to be a fun, entertaining and informative listen that includes candid interviews with top ATP and WTA players, up-and-coming tour players, top NCAA men’s and women’s tennis coaches, and other leading voices in the world of tennis.

Baseline Intelligence with Jonathan Stokke Jonathan Stokke

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    • 4.9 • 58 Ratings

Baseline Intelligence is a podcast dedicated to providing a broad array of insights and perspectives for both highly competitive and recreational tennis players. In addition to comprehensive discussions related to proper technique, helpful practice, training and strategy recommendations, this podcast explores the dimensions of important mental training, and the application and interpretation of meaningful tennis analytics. Just as important, this podcast aims to be a fun, entertaining and informative listen that includes candid interviews with top ATP and WTA players, up-and-coming tour players, top NCAA men’s and women’s tennis coaches, and other leading voices in the world of tennis.

    Joel Myers: Fundamentals you can learn from watching pro tennis

    Joel Myers: Fundamentals you can learn from watching pro tennis

    Joel Myers is our guest for the 24th episode of Baseline Intelligence. Joel was a 3x All-American for Point Loma Nazarene University and was the 2010 national player of the year. He is currently a USPTA elite professional teaching out of San Diego and his educational instagram page has well over 100,000 followers.
    We talk:
    1:36 His tennis background
    3:32 When he knew he wanted to be a coach
    4:46 Coaching influences
    7:08 How to know if you're getting good information
    10:23 Learning discipline at an early age
    14:14 Learning from pro tennis
    15:32 Fundamental laws of topspin
    19:01 Serving fundamentals
    19:54 Where he likes his toss
    22:59 Returning deep through the middle
    29:54 Non-negotiable rules for practice
    30:40 Best advice for the 3.0/4.0 player
    31:49 Biggest pet peeve
    32:42 Who would win a match between us
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    • 36 min
    Alec Ingold: Miami Dolphin fullback talks maximizing your mental game

    Alec Ingold: Miami Dolphin fullback talks maximizing your mental game

    Miami Dolphins fullback Alec Ingold is our guest for the 23rd episode of Baseline Intelligence. He played college football at the University of Wisconsin and was signed by the Raiders as an undrafted free agent. He scored the first touchdown ever in Allegiant Stadium and was the Raiders' nominee for the Walter Payton man of the year award in 2020. In his free time he helps athletes across the country improve their mental performance by utilizing goal setting, visualization and breathing exercises.
    We talk:
    2:32 How he became a mental performance coach
    4:53 How to perform consistently
    6:54 Power of visualization
    9:02 His week of preparation for an NFL game
    11:45 How preparation calms nerves
    16:11 Goal setting
    19:49 Be your own best friend
    20:45 Why people are afraid of lofty goals
    22:45 Staying calm when emotions run high
    26:01 Sticking to what works
    28:20 Common sense coach
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    • 32 min
    David Roditi: College tennis stories and a great ball striking tip

    David Roditi: College tennis stories and a great ball striking tip

    David Roditi is our guest for the 22nd episode of Baseline Intelligence. David is the head coach for the TCU men's tennis team. Over his 12 years as head coach the Horned Frogs have won 4 Big 12 titles, made a final four, and won the 2022 ITA National Indoor Championship. Roditi was named the 2015 ITA National Coach of the Year and also served as the Mexican Davis Cup Captain.
    We talk:
    1:40 A funny recruiting story
    3:53 What he looks for in a recruit
    6:08 Why players focus on their hitting instead of competing
    9:52 The difficulties of recruiting
    16:28 How to make your opponent play worse
    20:32 Cam Norrie's indoor lesson
    24:07 What made Cam special
    27:48 Working on strengths vs. weaknesses
    29:03 Underrated skill needed as a head coach
    31:35 Best advice for the 3.5/4.0 player
    36:03 Throwing his racket bag into a lake (and missing)
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    • 38 min
    Margie Zesinger: Growing the women's game

    Margie Zesinger: Growing the women's game

    Margie Zesinger is our guest for the 21st episode of Baseline Intelligence. Margie is the head of female tennis at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida and was the 2021 PTR member of the year. She has coached numerous players to ITF titles, grand slam championships, and NCAA championships.
    We talk:
    1:55 Her role at IMG
    2:33 Why IMG has male and female programs
    4:15 Character traits she values
    8:12 Teaching players to compete
    10:51 The difference between boys and girls
    15:55 Saying too little vs. saying too much
    18:10 Why she became a coach
    22:08 Why there are more male coaches
    24:08 Bollettieri sets the standard
    26:59 Advice she wished she knew earlier
    29:19 Advice for the 3.5/4.0 player
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    • 31 min
    John Isner: More than just a serve

    John Isner: More than just a serve

    John Isner is our guest for the 20th episode of Baseline Intelligence. John has reached a career high rankings of 8 in the world in singles, and 14 in the world in doubles. He's won 24 ATP titles and has amassed 29 wins against top 10 ATP opponents. He has 5 career wins over "the big 3" and reached the semifinals of Wimbledon in 2018.
    We talk:
    2:56 His first leap as a junior tennis player
    4:25 A pivotal invasion call at Kalamazoo
    6:48 Why he chose the college path
    9:19 Learning to work hard at UGA
    11:30 Our match at national indoors
    15:32 Playing Federer at the US Open
    19:10 The most challenging member of "the big 3"
    23:12 Jumping into the top 10 in the world
    25:16 Advice for playing tiebreakers
    26:48 What his experience on tour has taught him
    30:20 One coaching experience that helped him
    33:34 The epic Wimbledon match
    39:33 His best serve tips
    42:00 Back to back fantasy football championships
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    • 45 min
    Kyle Lacroix: Coaching the coaches

    Kyle Lacroix: Coaching the coaches

    Kyle Lacroix is our guest for the 19th episode of Baseline Intelligence. Kyle is the Chief Education Officer of SETS Consulting, a coaching and educational service for elite coaches, competitive players and tennis institutions/federations. He is certified by the USPTA and PTR as well as the ITF. He has been a featured speaker at numerous industry conferences and has extensive on court work with ATP and WTA players, as well as top collegiate players.
    We talk:
    3:25 His background in tennis
    7:01 His time at Saddlebrook
    10:45 What linked Martina Hingis, Jennifer Capriati and Justine Henin
    12:44 Why he's the "king of failure"
    15:43 Why people struggle with failure
    17:34 Connecting with players
    22:01 Coaching other coaches
    23:49 Improving coaching professionalism
    26:36 Coaching pet peeves
    29:40 Player accountability
    34:09 Why players lean towards the negative
    38:14 Advice for the 3.5 player
    41:32 "Kyle-isms"
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    You can find Kyle and Specialized Educational Tennis Solutions (SETS Consulting) online at www.setsconsult.org.

    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
58 Ratings

58 Ratings

charlie is listening ,

Best tennis podcast, please do more!

I got back into tennis a few months ago and have the bug bad. I searched through a lot of podcasts for expert advice and found this via Tennis Files (another great tennis podcast). Jonathan Stokke is the real deal, so are his guests, and each podcast is dense with high-impact tips and yet a lightness of conversation that makes listening to 45 minutes effortless. A model discourse not just for athletes and sports enthusiasts, but for any thinking person.

I could go on, but will just say this show delivers on everything I want: experts weighing in on tennis’ big questions in entertaining fashion while helping me (free of charge I might add) become a better, smarter player. Thanks for all you do!

girl from berdoo ,

Focused discussions keep me in

Just started listening
Love that your questions and conversations focused, and instructional rather than open ended and meandering

SERVE1091 ,

Insightful and entertaining!

The host asks good questions and brings on guests that are interesting and accomplished in the world of tennis. I have learned a lot listening to this podcast so far!

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