Keys to Improving Velocity in the Tennis Serve

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United States Professional Tennis Association

A respected Belchertown, MA, entrepreneur, Allen Fitzsimmons leads Transitioning Forward as CEO and provides estate inventory, appraisal, and sales solutions. Also certified as a USPTA tennis instructor, Allen Fitzsimmons has held positions as pro at a number of New England tennis clubs and taught players of all levels how to improve their games.

In today’s fast-paced game, one of the keys to success on the court is having high velocity on the serve. The wrong approach involves relying on muscle power, which consumes a lot of effort while failing to generate a serve that threatens the opponent. To attain an optimal speed, right-handed players begin with a toss that is in front of the body and slightly to the right.

Maintain a stance in which the back is not facing the court at the beginning of the serving motion. Rather, coil to a comfortable level and bend the knees deeply to maximize your movement into the shot. Remember that a significant amount of speed is generated, not from whole arm movement, but from the whip-like motion of the wrist just before the racquet hits the ball.

A key question is how far to bring the racket back and this ranges from the classic full wind up of a Pete Sampras to the shortened, jerky movement of an Andy Roddick. The key is to find a balance between exerting maximum force and retaining control, in order to stay within the lines a high percentage of the time.


“Dizzy” Gillespie – Bebop Jazz Pioneer with a Bent Trumpet




As head of Belchertown, MA-based Transitioning Forward, Allen Fitzsimmons provides clients with tailored services that enable them to sell estate assets at optimal prices. Currently learning to play guitar, Allen Fitzsimmons has played the jazz trumpet for more than 20 years.

One of the most unique players of the bop era is “Dizzy” Gillespie, who came up in the music world playing with Cab Calloway’s Big Band at Harlem venues such as the Cotton Club. He became interested in Latin tonalities and rhythms through interaction with a Cuban trumpeter and pioneered these within a bebop setting through such tunes as “A Night in Tunisia.” By the mid-1940s, Gillespie was collaborating with the likes of Charlie Parker and creating a unique small-band bebop sound that featured blistering compositions such as “Salt Peanuts” and “Hot House.”

In the early 1950s, Gillespie, now leading big bands across the country, began playing his famous bent trumpet. This came about through an accident in which someone sat on a trumpet set on the stage with the bell facing down. Gillespie found that the sound projected better to the back of the room and continued to play trumpets with the bell bent at a 45 degree angle for the rest of his career. Gillespie’s iconic “Silver Bell” now sits in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institution.

The USPTA Recreational Coach Certification

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United States Professional Tennis Association

Allen Fitzsimmons is a small business owner and sales professional with experience owning three small businesses. A business operations and marketing expert, he is currently the principal at his company, Transitioning Forward, based in Belchertown, MA. Outside of his work, Allen Fitzsimmons has played tennis competitively for many years and is a USPTA-certified instructor.

Including more than 15,000 members, the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) is a professional association for tennis coaches and professionals. The organization was founded in 1927 and seeks to advance the sport of tennis as well as raise the standards of its members. The association also provides a number of different certifications for professions in tennis.

One such certification offered is the USPTA’s recreational coach certification. Designed for individuals who are coaching tennis part-time, such as coaches at schools or recreational facilities, the accreditation ensures that coaches remain current on the standards of the USPTA. Requirements to be a recreational coach include attending in-person USPTA workshops or taking the Professional Tennis Coaches Academy I online to learn the basic teaching standards for the sport.

Snorkeling in Hawaii

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Snorkeling in Hawaii

The founder and CEO of the Belchertown, MA-based firm Transition Forward, Allen Fitzsimmons appraises and sells assets for clients who are moving, downsizing, or selling their estates. Allen Fitzsimmons also enjoys traveling to warm destinations such as Hawaii, where he likes snorkeling. Following are some of the top-rated snorkeling locations in

1. Molokini Crater, Maui. A partially sunken volcanic crater that is accessible only by boat, Molokini Crater offers visibility up to 150 feet deep and is home to 250 species of fish and 38 kinds of hard coral. Some of its resident fish cannot be found anywhere else in the world.

2. Hanauma Bay, Oahu. Hanauma Bay offers opportunities for snorkeling for novices and veterans alike, making it a popular and often crowded snorkeling site. Its warm, clear waters invite numerous species of friendly fish and marine life such as octopus, crabs, and eels. Additionally, the area serves as a nature preserve frequented by spotted eagle rays
and sea turtles.

3. Ke’e Beach Park, Kauai. A drive to Ke’e Beach provides some of Kauai’s most breathtaking panoramic views. The beach’s tranquil waters are an ideal spot for novice snorkelers and children. Pacific green sea turtles frequent the area, which features a beach with a lushly vegetated backshore of coconut palms, guava, and ironwood trees.

4. Kealakekua Bay, Big Island. The home of Hawaii’s west shore Marine Life Conservation District, Kealakekua Bay serves as an underwater marine sanctuary that features an array of vibrant coral. Its crystal-clear waters also offer snorkelers the opportunity to spot spinner dolphins and sea turtles, which commonly visit the bay and surrounding waters.