November 12, 2009

Forehand Positioning

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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 14,000-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.

September 23, 2009

Short Ball, Deep Ball

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Senior Manager of Strength & Conditioning/Sports Science
USTA Training Center in Boca Raton, FL

Dr. Kovacs was an accomplished player and coach before transitioning to a career as a sport science expert. As a player he was a collegiate All-American and NCAA champion at Auburn University. He has a Masters degree in Exercise Science from Auburn and a Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology from The University of Alabama. Dr. Kovacs is an Associate Editor of the Strength and Conditioning Journal and co-author of tennis book titled "Tennis Training-Enhancing On-Court Performance". Mark is a certified strength and conditioning specialist through the NSCA, certified Health/Fitness Instructor through the American College of Sports Medicine, USPTA certified coach and United States Track and Field Level II Sprints Coach. Before starting with the USTA, Mark was an Assistant Professor of Exercise Science and Wellness at Jacksonville State University.

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 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.

November 23, 2008

Racket acceleration

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Bernard Gusman, USPTA, Director of Tennis, Punahou School, Honolulu, Hawaii shows a drill to increase racket acceleration. This can also be used as a beginning topspin progression.

June 1, 2008

Forehand intimidation

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Lee Couillard, USPTA, Head Tennis Professional, Punahou School, Honolulu, Hawaii shows a 3 ball forehand only drill. This is a great drill to work the movement and footwork needed to hit the inside-out and inside-in forehand.

May 22, 2008

Dennis Lajola forehand

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Dennis Lajola- #1 Singles player, University of Hawaii

2007-08 (Freshman):

Selected Western Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year and named to the all-WAC first team...posted a 9-5 overall record and dual match record primarily at the No. 1 position...went 7-5 at No. 1 and a perfect 2-0 at No. 2...during dual match play, wins included those over players from No. 18 Florida State, No. 33 Arkansas, No. 66 UC Irvine, No. 49 Fresno State at the No. 1 court...named the WAC Men's Tennis Player of the Week for the week of Jan. 14-20., which included a win over No. 68 Sam Chang of No. 18 Florida State in straight sets, 7-5, 6-3...went 8-7 overall in doubles play...teamed primarily with Jeff Fitch at the No. 2 position to go 8-4.

Prep:_A 2007 graduate of Isabella Colleges in the Philippines...also recruited by Florida State, Louisville, and UCLA...captured the Oceanic Time Warner Cable Honolulu Futures, a USTA Pro Circuit event, last November...ranked No. 9 in the Boys' Class of 2007 according to personal-best junior Grand Slam finish, at the 2006 Australian Open advancing to the boys' round of 16 in singles and quarterfinals in doubles...won the boys' 16 doubles title and reached the singles semifinals at the 2005 USTA National Championships in Kalamazoo, Mich...was one of eight boys invited to participate in the 2004 Davis Cup Training Camp held during the Davis Cup first-round match between the U.S. and Austria...captured the boys' 14 doubles title and reached the singles semifinals at the 2003 Easter Bowl...member of the U.S. team that won its second consecutive title at the World Junior Tennis Championships in 2003.

Personal:_Born Feb. 2, 1989, in the Philippines...major is undecided...has one older sister, Tiffany, and two older brothers Darryl and former Rainbow Warrior and current women's tennis assistant coach Derrick...parents are Dado and Chato Lajola of Aiea, Oahu.

October 10, 2007

Warm up first!

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Michele Krause, National Cardio Tennis Program Director, TIA (Tennis Industry Association) shows three warm-up exercises you can do before rallying full court.

September 29, 2007

Touch & Go Drill

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Brent Hunter, USPTA, Lubbock TX, demonstrates a "touch and go" drill. This is an advanced movement and footwork drill.

September 8, 2007

Hitting through the ball

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Lee Couillard, USPTA - Wilson TEAM Member, Balle de Match Team member shows a drill to get your students to hit THROUGH the ball. Please wait while the movie downloads...

June 27, 2007

"Maui Rainbow"

Neil Archer, USPTA, Head Tennis Professional - Wailea Tennis Club shows a teaching progression for showing topspin known as the "Maui Rainbow." Please wait while the movie downloads.....

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March 11, 2007

Backpeddle Drill

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Lee Couillard, USPTA, Wilson TEAM Member, "YIP" Team Member shows a backpeddle drill to the 7th and 8th grade boys tennis team.

October 21, 2006

Moving through your shots

Cathy is the Director of Tennis at The Wailea Tennis Club and has been a Professional 1 since 1986. She still holds the best win/loss record for her University, Westminster College in Pennsylvania, and in 2002 she was inducted into the Westminster College Hall of Fame and awarded the Hawaii Pacific Professional of the Year Award.

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October 19, 2006

Chunky Monkey

Anne Smith, Ph.D., won her place in the history books of all-time winners with 10 Grand Slam championships in doubles and mixed doubles from 1980 to 1984. She is one of only 20 women in the history of the Open Era of tennis who have won 10 or more Grand Slam titles-and most of those were by women before 1950. She has won three US Open titles, two Wimbledon titles, four French Open titles and one Australian Open title. She has been a member of the Wightman Cup and Federation Cup teams. She was ranked No.1 in the world in doubles in 1980 and 1981 and reached a career-high No.12 in singles in 1982. Anne was a member of three World TeamTennis Championship Teams – the Boston Lobsters, the San Antonio Racquets, and the Dallas Stars. She went on to win the 35-and-over women’s doubles at the U.S. Open and Wimbledon in 1997.

As a junior, Anne was No.1 in Texas from the 12s through the 18s. When she was 15, she was No.1 in Texas in both 16 and 18 singles. At age 17, Anne went to Paris and became the first American to win the French Open Junior Singles Championship. She holds 21 national junior and adult titles. In Texas, Anne was awarded the coveted Mary Lowden Award for sportsmanship four years in a row from 1974-1977. She also received the Maureen Connolly Brinker award in 1977 for the most outstanding full season performance in the 18-and-under division in the U.S. Anne was born and raised in Dallas, Texas and has been inducted into the Texas Tennis Hall of Fame.

After her active tennis career, Anne returned to Trinity University and earned her Bachelor’s degree. She then enrolled at the University of Texas at Austin where she completed her doctorate in Educational Psychology with a specialty in School Psychology. She is licensed to practice in Texas, Massachusetts, and Arizona. Anne practiced school psychology in the Judson Independent School District in San Antonio, Texas before moving to Boston where she was the Director of the Learning Center for Dean College in Franklin, Massachusetts. She recently moved to Phoenix where she is coaching and practicing psychology. Anne still maintains her Boston connection where she is the Coach of the World TeamTennis Boston Lobsters and the mental training consultant for Harvard University’s women’s tennis team. The Lobsters reached the playoffs as a first year franchise, and Harvard became the first Ivy League school to be ranked nationally in the Top 10. She is a USPTA Pro 1 and a member of the Head/Penn Racquet Sports Speaker’s Bureau.

Anne is playing on the women’s tour again at the age of 46. She began her comeback in January 2005. After only nine tournaments, she has reached the semi-finals in doubles four times, and she won her first doubles tour title in June 2005 after being off of the tour for 14 years. Anne is the author of The MACH 4 Mental Training SystemTM: A Handbook for Athletes, Coaches and Parents.

To contact Anne for further information about her books and video or to schedule her for a presentation to your team, school or company you may contact her by phone at 480-272-5085 or by email at

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July 31, 2006

Kids Watercup drill

Lee Couillard, USPTA, Wilson TEAM Member. Students fill watercups and try not to spill the water when hitting groundstrokes. Drill make students concentrate on their balance.

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Running Crosscourt drill

Gary Sakuma, USPTA, Wilson TEAM Member shows a running crosscourt groundstroke drill. This drill can be done on both ends of the court to cover both the forehand and backhand sides. Players must hit the ball crosscourt on the first shot only.

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May 24, 2006

"Rapid Fire" Drill

Dave Andrews, Honolulu HI demonstrates a "Rapid Fire" drill. The drill emphasizes the player to hit the ball on the run and recover. If the player misses a ball, their turn is done. (Group lesson)

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April 12, 2006

Group coaching

Punahou Coaches demonstrate the modern forehand. First a mid court ball, then shuffle back and load on the second ball. Punahou School, Honolulu, Hawaii.

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