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January 27, 2009

Picture the racket path







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In this video, Dr. Porter gives a tip on picturing the racket path on the arc of the back swing and follow through.

Dr. Porter does more than just coach. As a full professor in the Exercise and Sports Science Division he teaches many of the core courses required by Exercise and Sports Science majors. He is the faculty liaison overseeing the University's Fitness Center and is responsible for the Faculty Fitness Program and the "personal fitness trainers" assigned to selected faculty and staff members. He also volunteers his time to teach religion classes on campus.

Dr. Porter, a USPTA Master Professional is also active in tennis on the national and international level. He was a past President of the United States Professional Tennis Association, a 12,000-member organization of tennis teaching professionals worldwide. Dr. Porter is a much sought-after speaker and has given clinics and workshops for the ATP, the ITF, the USPTA, and the USTA. He has spoken in the former Soviet Union, Mainland China, Malaysia, Singapore, the South Pacific, Mexico, and South America.

Dr. Porter is a member of MENSA. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from BYU in Provo, Utah and his Doctorate from the University of Hawaii. He loves to read, listen to music, and spend time with his family. He is active in church work for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served as a missionary to New England as a young man. He is married to Lorrie Porter and they have four children, Terah, Lincoln, Dillon and Taylor.

January 25, 2009

Shoulder turn







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Lee Couillard & Brent Hunter, USPTA Professionals at Punahou School in Honolulu Hawaii use a fingertip exercise to get the students to initiate the shoulder turn. This tip by Nick Bollettieri is from the recent 2008 USPTA World Conference held in La Quinta, California. This tip can be used on either the volleys or the forehand groundstroke to force the students to use a shoulder turn.

January 21, 2009

Rosenberg vs Quigley






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HONOLULU - The No. 55 University of Hawaii men's tennis team kicked off its 2009 spring campaign with a three-day round-robin tournament with No. 36 Kentucky at the UH Tennis Complex, Jan. 8-10, 2009. This footage features a #1 Singles Round Robin match between Hawaiiʻs Leo Rosenberg and #37 ITA ranked Eric Quigley of Kentucky.

University of Hawaiiʻs Menʻs Tennis Program. Click here to read more about the University of Hawaii Menʻs Tennis Program.


January 13, 2009

"Peg" Drill






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Lee Couillard, USPTA, Head Tennis Professional, Punahou School has the Punahou Intermediate Girls Tennis team do the "Peg" drill. Peg (definition) - a fast accurate throw.

January 12, 2009

Backswing tip






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Dr. Porter does more than just coach. As a full professor in the Exercise and Sports Science Division he teaches many of the core courses required by Exercise and Sports Science majors. He is the faculty liaison overseeing the University's Fitness Center and is responsible for the Faculty Fitness Program and the "personal fitness trainers" assigned to selected faculty and staff members. He also volunteers his time to teach religion classes on campus.

Dr. Porter, a USPTA Master Professional is also active in tennis on the national and international level. He was a past President of the United States Professional Tennis Association, a 12,000-member organization of tennis teaching professionals worldwide. Dr. Porter is a much sought-after speaker and has given clinics and workshops for the ATP, the ITF, the USPTA, and the USTA. He has spoken in the former Soviet Union, Mainland China, Malaysia, Singapore, the South Pacific, Mexico, and South America.

Dr. Porter is a member of MENSA. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from BYU in Provo, Utah and his Doctorate from the University of Hawaii. He loves to read, listen to music, and spend time with his family. He is active in church work for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served as a missionary to New England as a young man. He is married to Lorrie Porter and they have four children, Terah, Lincoln, Dillon and Taylor.

January 7, 2009

Punahou School

Click here to learn more about Punahou School.

10sBalls.com article on the Keiki 65. Click here to read touring pro Thomas Shubert's blog.

Sports Illustrated article, "Fast Times at Punahou."Click here to learn more about Punahou School on SI.com.

NEWSFLASH, President-elect Barack Obama '79 returns to Punahou. Click here to read more about President Obama's visit.

Click here to read about USPTA's "Little Tennis" Certification.

June 2011 USTA Recreational Coaches Workshop at Punahou. Click here to view photos.

NEWSFLASH, Punahou's QuickStart tournament on KITV. Click here to watch the promotional ad.

NEWSFLASH, Punahou tennis winning tradition. Click here to read more about the winningest program in the country.

ESPN NEWSFLASH, Punahou's dominance continues. Kristin Lim, Manti Te'o, Barack Obama and more. Click here to read more about Punahou's sports dominance.

NEWSFLASH, Astronauts at Punahou via satellite link. Click here to read more about students talking to the Astronauts.

Click here to learn more about QuickStart and the QuickStart Programs conducted at Punahou School.

Click here for articles on Hawaiiʻs USTA QuickStart Program.

Click here to view USTAʻs Hawaii QuickStart Trainers.

Click here to read about the Hilo workshop.

Click here to read about the Honolulu Club workshop.

Hawaii Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance workshop at the University of Hawaii with trainer Lee Couillard.

January 6, 2009

High elbow finish






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This footage is from the 2008 USPTA World Conference in La Quinta, California. Here Nick explains the importance of the "High Elbow" finish on the forehand and backhand groundstroke.

Nick Bollettieri (www.nickbollettieri.com) is one of the most influential people in the world of tennis and a legend who has transcended the sport. In 1978, he founded the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy (NBTA) in Florida. The NBTA was the first full-time tennis boarding school to combine intense training on the court with a custom-designed academic curriculum. What was once a program of primarily on-court training has evolved into a multi-faceted approach which includes blending the technical and strategic on-court training with specialized performance physical training and mental conditioning. The Bollettieri approach not only builds athletes on the court, but more importantly, prepares them for a successful life off the court as well.


At 77 years old, Nick is still going strong, rising at 4:20 am every morning to get to the gym by 5:00 am. He starts coaching at 5:30 am, stopping only for a quick lunch before finishing his last lesson at 7:00 p.m. Nick teaches private lessons, as well as oversees the progress of numerous professional players, the Elite Juniors, and the general Academy groups. He also travels around the country and internationally on an annual basis conducting clinics, making appearances, and giving motivation speeches for all audiences.

January 2, 2009

Response time






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World renown Coach and Speaker Nick Bollettieri shows a simple drill to improve your RESPONSE time. According to Paul Roetert, Ph.D., reaction time is the time it takes for your brain to process the information about what type of shot is being hit and then sending that message to the muscles to prepare for either a forehand or backhand. Movement time is the actual time spent moving into position for the next shot.

As Nick points out in the video, too many players wait until the ball bounces on their side of the net before making any initial movement to the ball. This type of response time is too late.