The head coach at Tennis In Orlando is a big believer in practice. As such, he recommends that players hit tennis balls as much as they can, whether that means volleying against the side of a house or rallying with a player of equal or better skill over a pile of apples in the grocer’s produce section. During lessons, he observes players to identify both their strengths and weaknesses. Next, he’ll offer up advice and design a variety of drills that home in on the areas where they could use improvement.
After a year in law school, Jason Bradstreet felt unsatisfied. A mission trip led him into a period of introspection that caused him to rediscover his passion for playing Division 1 tennis. Channeling this athletic experience into organizing classes that might help children to discover the glee of good-natured competition, Jason founded Bradstreet Sports.
Even as his staff of certified and licensed coaches mentors kids aged 3 and older in soccer, tennis, and martial arts, Jason aims to expand the world of athletes with a range of arts and humanities classes. Lithe dancers lead students in modern jazz and hip-hop dance, sharing facilities with performing- and visual-arts classes taught by actual private-school teachers and opera courses taught by actual phantoms. As pupils rush by clutching martial-arts trophies, instructors aim to imbue their charges with life skills and an appreciation for skills they might not have otherwise discovered.
Programs take place at a range of sites such as the Citrus Park Christian School, where a multipurpose covered court shelters children and instructors from the sun and keeps birds from discovering volleyball. Enrichment classes commence in the school's science lab, computer labs, and art studios, with performance classes held in the school's expansive sanctuary.
As a USPTA-certified tennis instructor, David Kuhlman draws upon 12 years of coaching experience to impart the game's finer points to groups and individuals. He couples his hard-earned experience with video technology to analyze his students' serves, volleys, and ground strokes. After reviewing the tape, he's able to make recommendations for improving mechanical flaws ranging from a grip that's too tight to a grunt that's a little over the top. He also employs the USTA QuickStart program to help players under the age of 10 make smooth forays into the professional game.
Freedom Fairways Golf & Tennis 18-hole executive course packs the experience of a full round into a modest 3,099-yard layout. Playing to a par of 63, the course presents a favorable layout for novices, who can also elect to rent clubs from the pro shop unless they want to see what they can shoot using only a tire iron. The facility also encompasses outdoor tennis courts with plexicushion surfaces designed to reduce wear-and-tear on players' feet.
Errol Estate Country Club's three pristine 9-hole golf courses, all designed by renowned course architect Joe Lee in 1973, provide players with a fun and relaxing golf experience. Golfers can enjoy an 18-hole round for two on any combination of the courses they wish, made easy to navigate via an included golf cart.
At Tampa Bay Area Tennis, experienced tennis pro Charles Melin employs more than 25 years of teaching experience to bestow the ways of the racket on ace-hungry neophytes. The one-hour private lesson can be modified to accommodate the learning needs of any age or skill level. Beginner students become versed in the "ready" position, a preparatory pose that helps players to defend against all kinds of shots ranging from red-hot serves to backhanded comments from the press, and advanced students receive instruction to match their level of play. Melin also makes sure that pupils learn or refine the basic grip and mechanics of the all-powerful forehand stroke to equip each athlete with the ability to overcome his or her greatest obstacle: love.