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February 23, 2009

Ball Toss and Leg Drive







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Lee Couillard, USPTA, Head Pro, Punahou School shows a serve comparison of a 3.5 player and two nationally ranked 18 and under players. In this video, we can see the noticeable difference in the ball toss and leg drive of the 3.5 student in comparison to nationally ranked boys 18 and under players and one professional player.


February 18, 2009

Flex rotate







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Dr. W. Ben Kibler is the Medical Director for Lexington Clinic Sports Medicine Center in Lexington, KY and a long-time member of the USTA National Sport Science Committee. Dr. Kibler is also a founding member of the Society of Tennis Medicine and Science as well as a fellow, and former vice-president, of the American College of Sports Medicine. He is a team physician for numerous professional teams, colleges, and high schools in the Lexington area.

Dr. Kibler has presented and written prolifically on all areas of sports medicine, but specializes in the upper extremity, shoulder pathology, scapula, and biomechanics of tennis. He is known worldwide as an expert in shoulder mechanics and injury. Dr. Kibler attended medical school and completed his residency in Orthopedic Surgery at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN and has been affiliated with Lexington Clinic since July 1977.

Dr. Kibler is also a member of the following professional organizations:

- American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
- American Orthopedic Association
- American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine
- American College of Sports Medicine
- American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons
- Society of Tennis Medicine and Science
- International Society for Knee Arthroscopy and Orthopedic Sports Medicine

February 9, 2009

Hip-Trunk Counter Rotation






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Dr. W. Ben Kibler is the Medical Director for Lexington Clinic Sports Medicine Center in Lexington, KY and a long-time member of the USTA National Sport Science Committee. Dr. Kibler is also a founding member of the Society of Tennis Medicine and Science as well as a fellow, and former vice-president, of the American College of Sports Medicine. He is a team physician for numerous professional teams, colleges, and high schools in the Lexington area.

Dr. Kibler has presented and written prolifically on all areas of sports medicine, but specializes in the upper extremity, shoulder pathology, scapula, and biomechanics of tennis. He is known worldwide as an expert in shoulder mechanics and injury. Dr. Kibler attended medical school and completed his residency in Orthopedic Surgery at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN and has been affiliated with Lexington Clinic since July 1977.

Dr. Kibler is also a member of the following professional organizations:

- American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
- American Orthopedic Association
- American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine
- American College of Sports Medicine
- American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons
- Society of Tennis Medicine and Science
- International Society for Knee Arthroscopy and Orthopedic Sports Medicine

February 7, 2009

High take-back






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Lee Couillard, USPTA, Head Tennis Professional at Punahou School in Honolulu Hawaii shows a clip of the recent 2009 Australian Open. In this clip, ESPN commentator Brad Gilbert talks about the "High Takeback" in todayʻs modern game.

February 2, 2009

Teaching Pronation






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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.