A demonstration club (or league) blog brought to you by 3rdToad Tennis.
Please take our Club Survey. It will only take a few minutes and will help us provide a better experience for our members and guests. Use the tab above.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

The Inaugural Tennis Pentathlon

We're getting ahead of the game here, but this year we will be having our first ever Club Pentathlon on Independence Day.

Minnie Wynns hosted something similar to this at her prior club and she says she's kicking this up a little bit and taking advantage of all our club facilities.

There will be a combination of:
  • A Run
  • Resistance Exercises
  • Tennis
  • A Swim
  • Eating (Yes, it's part of the competition.)
Sounds like a blast. Stayed tuned.

Monday, January 26, 2015

New Menu Items at Steel Cactus Cafe

Steel Cactus Cafe soon will be offering eight Tapas items on the dinner menu.

We will probably have a Free Tapas Taster one night prior.

We will let everyone know. 

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Sprinkler Time Warning

Over next Winter we may be installing an underground watering system for the clay courts, but until then we have added court-side audible alerts to let players know when watering is close to occurring.

The first warning is three, three-second beeps, which means the system will begin watering in 15 minutes and it means you should prepare or be prepared to vacate the courts in 10 minutes.

The final warning activates 5 minutes prior to watering and it is one 30 second tone which sounds like, "Get off the court!" Well, it doesn't actually sound like that, but it means that.

No lets are allowed for these two warnings. I know some of you will try.

Thank you.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Spring Season is Upon Us - Lend a Welcome Hand

Well, we all know the Spring Tennis Season has already begun, but we are actually in the midst of Winter. 

We are fortunate; however, as soon the temperatures and pretty skies will be perfect for match play on court, we will not long afterward be inundated with blistering heat.

Unlike most of our country, which deals with the homeless during the colder months, we have a group of our community which needs assistance while we are appreciating the warmest (hottest) months of the year.

If you care to support those in need who can, have been and will be on their feet again, then please use the contact form to the right and let us know how you wish to help.

Your contribution, in time or money, can be public or private. All monies are forwarded to the county and city offices directly. We take no, nor receive any collection, distributive or administrative fees.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Pool to Open April 1 - No Foolin'

We know many of our tennis players like to cool off in our pool after a heated tennis match.

Okay, so we just heated the pool for those who can't tolerate the water temperature during those chilly Arizona months, such as April, burr.

We are not sure if this will make a huge difference, but the pool will now be open beginning April 1 of this year.

It's more about managing the pool and servicing it than anything else, but we will also do our best to extend the pool's availability next fall.

A new extended swim package will be released for full memberships and swim-only memberships. We'll make it affordable for all.

We are already accepting applications for the head lifeguard position. Contact the Pro Shop to apply.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Our Palms are Dirty!

With all the team-spectating, socializing and post-match celebrations (or wakes), most of our members and guests are taking good care of the courts and the other club facilities, except for the Grande Gazebo back in the Six Palms.

We understand...but please try a drop shot into the trash containers instead of leaving whatever in the gazebo or on the grounds. You all know we police and maintain our club better than most, but we still need your help.

Thank you to everyone.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015


by Clai Cortes, Tennis Pro

Well, if you are about to feint, please don't let anyone else know. This defeats the whole purpose.

I have written this article with not one intent, but with a realization: At some point in many a club, league and/or tournament player's career (life), they no longer wish to improve the execution of their strokes, physical preparedness or their technical performance of the game. I get it. What happens on the court, particularly in doubles play, becomes pretty challenging - strategy and gamesmanship become paramount. 

Feinting (faking, if you will, without the drama) is implying (physically by posture or motion) you are about to do something you are not about to do, or maybe not.

Monday, January 12, 2015

An Update About Updates

If you wish to stay up-to-date on what's going on (events, mixers, tournaments, clinics, sales, whatever) at Mesa View, please use the Follow Us by Email feature to the right.

You can also leave comments or ask questions on any post or page as well as request to by notified of any input regarding the same topic.

Our blog is for you to interact with as well.

Thank you very much.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

New Wilson Rackets

We worked out a great deal with Wilson Tennis Rackets and now have a killer selection for you to choose from.

The one featured to the left is the Juice 108, which is a great choice for most every tennis player, at most any level of play.

Wilson gave us two of the Juice 108 for our members to demo so please come out and spend some time on court with this racket.

The Juice 108 retails for $189.00, but we are able to offer it to our members for only $159.00 - stringing and over-grip included.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Again, The Effective Use of a Tennis Backboard

by Minnie Wynns, Tennis Pro - Personal Trainer

By now, you may know how much I believe the use of a tennis backboard may allow any tennis player to work on most any aspect of their game. Do you think boxers, swimmers or most any other athlete is always sparring or competing against a partner or competitor when they are in training? Is their coach totally responsible for their game, or your teaching pro, for yours?

No! Particularly not when working on the fundamentals and form. Can you afford to have a professional hitting partner who will ensure you repetitively work on your weakest stroke, your slightest missteps in your footwork or help you hone your biggest weapon?

Below is a video, by Ian Westermann, providing some effective techniques you may wish to consider the next time you take to court with that one opponent who will tell you no lies, nor let you down - the backboard.