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.
Dr. Jon Finn: Using habits to supercharge your game
Dr. Jon Finn is our guest for the 51st episode of Baseline Intelligence. Dr. Finn is the author of the best-selling book "The Habit Mechanic" and is the founder of the award-winning Tougher Minds consultancy.
1:39 Why knowing doesn't lead to doing
4:54 The VUCA world
7:06 How to build positive habits
9:21 The nine factors that shape your behavior
18:16 Taking advice from other players
21:48 Triggers in a tennis match
25:18 Using court locations as a trigger
26:58 The best habit you can have as a tennis coach
29:11 How long it takes to form a new habit
Here's a link to Dr. Finn's book "The Habit Mechanic"
Here's a link to Dr. Fin's website
Dustin Taylor: Through discipline comes freedom
Dustin Taylor is our guest for the 50th episode of Baseline Intelligence. Dustin helped UVA win three consecutive NCAA championships as the associate head coach and is currently the head men's tennis coach at Oklahoma State University.
1:38 Hands, eyes, and feet
4:42 Ball dropping vs. ball rising
7:20 Solving every ball
10:13 Hitting the outside of the ball
13:08 Creating space
17:58 Heavy and through
22:45 Discipline leads to freedom
25:58 Trusting your good is good enough
29:47 Best coaching advice he's received
31:15 Best advice for the 4.0 player
Erin Routliffe: 2023 US Open Women's Doubles Champion
Erin Routliffe is our guest for the 49th episode of Baseline Intelligence. Erin is ranked 12th in the WTA tour doubles rankings and partnered with Gaby Dabrowski to win this year's US Open.
1:23 Treating all matches the same
3:55 A losing record on the year
6:02 How she almost quit the game
11:27 Not covering her doubles alley
15:25 Net play when your partner returns
19:19 How to gel with a new partner
23:01 Poaching more often
25:49 Something people don't know about pros
28:04 Best coaching advice she's ever received
Mark Gellard: Becoming an unconditional competitor
Mark Gellard is our guest for the 48th episode of Baseline Intelligence. Mark is currently the coach of WTA #23 Magda Linette. Magda has experienced one the best seasons of her career, having reached the semifinals of the Australian Open in singles and reaching the quarterfinals of the US Open in doubles.
1:29 A normal day on tour
3:36 Using video to scout an opponent
6:38 Reviewing matches with a player
8:33 Coaching in pro matches
11:04 Magda's win vs. Azarenka
13:10 Avoiding the second set letdown
16:57 Keeping players confident
21:40 Accidental winners
26:26 Baseline tactics of the pros
29:44 What separates the good from the great
31:28 Best coaching advice you've ever received
32:31 Best advice for the 4.0 player
Click here to listen to Mark’s podcast
Paul Annacone: Aggressive shots to conservative locations
Paul Annacone is our guest for the 47th episode of Baseline Intelligence. Paul has coached some of the best players in the history of the game, including Pete Sampras, Roger Federer, Tim Henman, Sloane Stephens, and Taylor Fritz. A former top 15 ATP singles player, you can see him weekly as a regular analyst on the Tennis Channel.
1:42 Why he rushed the net as a player
3:02 Mixing in serve and volley
5:30 Where to place your first volley
7:48 Height over the net
11:30 Doubles formations
15:15 Difference between hitting well and playing well
18:59 What he learned from Roger Federer
22:22 Evaluating and scouting opponents
26:50 Delayed effects of a successful tactic
31:38 Best coaching advice he's ever received
33:50 Best advice for the 4.0 player
Joel Myers: What you can learn from Coco Gauff and Ben Shelton at this year's US Open
Our friend Joel Myers joins the pod to talk about this year's US Open.
1:12 Coco's breakthrough
6:00 How to compete against a consistent player
8:07 The Medvedev serve
11:31 Ben Shelton's game
16:30 The Shelton serve
19:30 Closing the net in doubles
25:58 What you can learn from pro doubles
Best tennis podcast available
Baseline Intelligence is a great tennis podcast because it hits all the points an avid tennis player is interested in. A wide variety of guests - current players, past players, coaches, fitness trainers - that cover a ton of ground without being overwhelming. From personal anecdotes to actionable tips, Jonathan guides the conversation in such a way that you get a bit of everything from each episode.
He always recaps the main points and closes with a question of how the rec level (4.0) player can improve their game. I’ve been able to implement strategy and technique advice from the pod and my game has been better for it! Also highly entertaining to hear behind the scenes stories from the guests. This pod has it all and is a can’t miss for anyone who loves the game of tennis.
A Podcast For Tennis Players and Fans
Coach Stokke has done phenomenal work with this podcast. He has had guests ranging from players to coaches to a full back from the Miami Dolphins! Each guest brings a fresh perspective and Stokke does a great job of interviewing them and fostering a great conversation. Truly a must listen if you are in to tennis at all.
Informative and Entertaining
Great podcast for tennis fans and enthusiasts of all ages and levels!