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December 22, 2007

Loop vs Straight Take Back

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Lee Couillard, USPTA, Head Tennis Professional, Punahou School explains the timing on the loop backswing. It takes time for this type of backswing to do its magic. This video is of the 7th and 8th grade Intermediate Girls tennis team at Punahou School. Coordinating the timing of the outside leg and the backswing are key. On the follow through the shoulders should end up in a linear position and not facing the net. Examples of a straight take back backswing are also shown. Straight take backs can be used for fast balls or taking the ball early, however if the student has time there is no reason why the loop backswing cannot be learned.

December 19, 2007

Wheelchair tennis

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Singles and doubles final rounds of the recent ITF Hawaii Pacific Open Wheelchair Championships held in December, 2007 in Honolulu, Hawaii. This is an ITF Futures Event and is part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour. Total Prize Money $3,000. Site: Central Oahu Regional Park Tennis Complex.

December 16, 2007

Outside leg closer

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Dave Porter, EdD, USPTA Master Professional explains the movement of the outside leg on the open stance forehand and backhand groundstroke.

December 11, 2007

Reflex Volleys

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Lee Couillard, USPTA, Head Tennis Professional, Punahou School, Honolulu, HI demonstrates a reflex volley drill. In this drill, the students volley the serve in the air. The points are played out crosscourt and the winners rotate from the serving side to the volley side. For safety purposes, it is important that the two servers do not serve at the same time. Also, players with faster serves should only hit in the speed of a second serve.

December 4, 2007

Dropshot Progression

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Lee Couillard, USPTA, Head Tennis Professional, Punahou School, Honolulu, Hawaii demonstrates the progression for learning the dropshot.

December 3, 2007

"Hop Step"

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Pam Kim, USPTA shows the importance of using a "Hop" step before the start of every point in tennis.. This is Newton's First Law. Under these conditions the first law says that if an object is not pushed or pulled upon, its velocity will naturally remain constant. This means that if an object is moving along, untouched by a force of any kind, it will continue to move along in a perfectly straight line at a constant speed. In other words, there is a natural tendency of objects to keep on doing what they're doing. Once moving at a steady speed, in a straight line, it will continue moving at a steady speed in a straight line. Once standing still it will stay still, therefore you should never be flat footed during a rally in tennis. By beginning every point with a "HOP" you will get your body "in motion".

December 2, 2007

Lazy Slice

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Lee Couillard, USPTA, Head Professional, Punahou School demonstrates a one handed backhand slice. In this drill he uses a bench to make the student hit under and out to prevent the ball from popping up. The one handed backhand slice should not be confused with the one handed backhand chip.