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August 20, 2006

Federer's Volley

Lee Couillard, USPTA, Wilson TEAM Member shows 3 grips changes on Federer's volley. First the continental or eastern backhand grip on a "Stretch Volley", next the eastern forehand grip on a "High Volley" and lastly, the eastern backhand grip on a "Half Volley."

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Throwing Motion

Chris Iwamura, Nick Leong, Jon Wong & Sara Kurisu use old rackets as throwing rackets to demonstrate the service motion. Cautionary note: Extreme safety guideline should be used when doing this drill.

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August 14, 2006

Scramble Drill

Lee Couillard, USPTA, Wilson TEAM Member has a student scramble side to side in a groundstroke drill.

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Federer's pressure

Lee Couillard, USPTA, Wilson TEAM Member examines point by point, a tie-breaker won by Roger Federer.

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August 13, 2006

First Strike!

Lee Couillard, USPTA, Wilson TEAM Member shows a strategy called "First Strike" used on the return of serve.

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August 12, 2006

Too deep, too hard

Lee Couillard, USPTA, Wilson TEAM Member examines a long point between Vic and Ancid. At the end of the point Vic hits his approach shot too deep and too hard which allows Ancid to use his pace and pass him at the net.

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August 11, 2006

Beginner side to side drill

Jon Wong, Assistant Coach, Punahou School demonstrates a side to side drill with 5 & 6 years olds from the 2006 Punahou summer tennis program.

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August 7, 2006

Strength Training with Bands

Todd S. Ellenbecker, MS, PT, SCS, OCS, CSCS

Todd Ellenbecker is a Chairman of the USTA Sport Science Committee and is also a physical therapist and clinic director of Physiotherapy Associates Scottsdale Sports Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona. He received his degree in physical therapy from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse in 1985 and a master's degree in exercise physiology from Arizona State University in 1989.
In addition, he is a certified sports clinical specialist, an orthopaedic clinical specialist by the American Physical Therapy Association, and a certified strength and conditioning specialist. He is a certified USPTA tennis teaching professional, and is the chairman of the USTA National Sport Science Committee.
Todd has conducted and published research primarily on upper extremity athletes, with a specific emphasis on the musculoskeletal adaptations in elite tennis players. He has conducted research and lectured internationally on shoulder and elbow rehabilitation, as well as training techniques to enhance performance and prevent injuries in tennis players.
He is the author of several books, "The Elbow in Sport", "Complete Conditioning for Tennis", "Closed Kinetic Chain Exercise", and Examination of the Shoulder", and is the editor of the second edition of "Knee Ligament Rehabilitation", and co-editor of "The Scientific and Clinical Application of Elastic Resistance".

Mike Nishihara, USTA, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist

The newest member of the Coaching Education and Sport Science staff is Mike Nishihara a certified strength and conditioning specialist. Mike is certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association and holds a Master's of Science degree in Kinesiology from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana.

While in graduate school, Mike served as Dr. Jack Groppel's teaching and research assistant and was also a part-time strength and conditioning coach for the varsity teams. Mike has worked at Saddlebrook Resort as the Director of Fitness and Sports Conditioning and at the National Institute for Fitness and Sport as the Director for the Center of Athletic Development.

He has had the opportunity to work with numerous junior and professional athletes from a variety of different sports. Some of the professional tennis players Mike has worked with are Pete Sampras, Martina Hingis, Jennifer Capriati, Chanda Rubin, Jelena Dokic, Elena Dementieva, and James Blake.

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Tennis Etiquette(2)

Gary Sakuma, USPTA, Wilson TEAM Member, Mike Chan, Eric Shono, Sean Jobe & Andrew Mau perform a Doubles skit on how not to play mixed doubles.

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August 1, 2006

"The God Racket 2"

Chris Iwamura, Hawaii State High School Boys Doubles Champion, uses the "God" racket for groundstrokes and then explodes a tennis ball on the serve.

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