If you eat, sleep, and breathe tennis then the Shankcast is for you! Each and every week tennis professionals Ian Westermann, Megan Garlington, and Kevin Garlington sit down to discuss topics, questions, and frustrations common to all tennis players around the world. It doesn’t matter if you started last month, last year, or many decades ago: the humorous insights you’ll hear will give you more appreciation, understanding, and respect for the great game we all love.
Our biggest goal is to provide entertaining, engaging tennis talk that not only is a pleasure to listen to but also helps maximize your tennis enjoyment and success in your matches!
What topics will be covered on the Shankcast podcast? Nothing will be off limits and no stone will be left unturned! You’ll hear the hosts debate whether or not it’s kosher to try doubles opponents, if the unhand serve (ala Nick Kyrgios) is a smart play or disrespectful, how well they think they would fare against Serena Williams, the biggest mistakes tennis parents make, and much, much more!
No matter what tennis topic is being discussed Ian, Megan and Kevin will share their real, candid, unfiltered thoughts so you can benefit from their many decades of experience as players, coaches, and mentors around the court.
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Is Pickleball Bad For Tennis? - Shankcast #31
Pickleball's explosive rise in popularity is impossible to avoid as a tennis player, with more and more tennis courts around the world serving dual purpose or being totally converted to accommodate for the surge in demand. Its effect on the world of tennis is undeniable – but is it a good or a bad one? Enjoy the tennis banter as we debate and discuss!
The Difference Between High School and College Tennis - Shankcast #30
It's natural to think of college tennis as a natural extension of high school tennis, but (aside from being the same sport) they couldn't be more different. In today's episode, Ian, Mark and Matt share their own thoughts, experiences and challenges on making the transition. Enjoy the tennis banter!
Regulating Emotion During Important Tennis Matches - Shankcast #29
EVERY tennis player has been there: you're in the middle of a match, and everything goes wrong... your technique starts to break down... you start missing easy shots... your opponent starts getting on your nerves... before you know it, your emotions take over and the rest of the match is a total disaster. In today's episode of the Shankcast we discuss the times that we've been there ourselves, and how we've learned to manage our emotions and stay calm when things go south. Enjoy the tennis banter!
(Dirty) Secrets of Working at a Tennis Club - Shankcast #28
Tennis clubs go to a great deal of trouble to protect their image as upstanding, family-friendly establishments, but there's a great deal that goes on below the surface. In today's episode, three present (and former) teaching pros reveal the shocking things they learned about how coaches are paid, the activities they partake in and the things they hide on and off the court. Enjoy the tennis banter!
Is Tennis Too Elitist? - Shankcast #27
Tennis has a reputation of being a sport of status and privilege, but is that really true or can everybody have equal access? In this special episode of the Shankcast tennis podcast three lifelong tennis players and coaches discuss whether or not tennis is too financially restrictive while lessons and club membership dues keep climbing higher and higher. Please enjoy our tennis banter!
Why Most Private Lessons are a Ripoff - Shankcast #26
Sometimes private tennis lessons are money well spent. Other times you're better off investing in your game other ways! In this special episode of the Shankcast podcast you'll hear from three lifelong tennis players and coaches what to look for in your next tennis lesson so you know if you're moving in the right direction. Please enjoy our tennis banter!
Fun topics and crew
I migrated from the essential tennis YouTube channel. Great content and insights
Fun Roundtable Podcast!
I’ve just caught up with the last few episodes, and I really like the roundtable format. As someone who has played in leagues but has never coached, it’s also interesting to learn more about that side of the tennis world. Great stuff.
Shank cast review
Love the episode where Kevin says bamdambam bamdambam. Hilarious! Love listening to the tennis banter!