On the ball training

Michael Bowes says, in his article of 13 August, "there is little point in suggesting a tennis beginner should watch plenty of tournaments to pick up the game". In fact, Timothy Gallwey in The Inner Game of Tennis prescribes exactly this. He points to the number of players who find a major improvement in their game during the Wimbledon tournament.

Demonstration of excellent technique is a vital part of effective coaching. And this applies to advocacy just as much as to tennis. Fortunately, this has been incorporated into the Australian teaching style.

Brian Henderson