17 May 16  |  Tennis   |  

The Technological Future of Playing Tennis in Ocala

That remarkably unfashionable long black robe and that bizarre black helmet probably made an afternoon game of tennis on planet Coruscant rather challenging for Darth Vadar. But in that galaxy far, far away, the sith lord’s Jedi powers and grasp of future technology may have more than made up for his physical and wardrobe restrictions.

Back in the 21st century, tech-savvy tennis players are taking advantage of new technologies to improve their games and to vaporize their shortcomings. Playing tennis in Ocala could never be better. And cooler.

While we at Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club enjoy the Star Wars’ saga as much as the next Jedi knight-in-training, we find an afternoon on one of our six Har-Tru Hydro-Grid® Courts on this planet Earth particularly invigorating.

What’s more is we have private tennis lessons with our tennis professionals (none wear long black robes, by the way), champion tennis leagues, youth tennis programs, a tennis pro shop offering the latest in tennis fashion and custom racket stringing.

Cameras Record Players From All Angles

Imagine a world where your tennis coach – on the other side of the globe – reviewing your tennis practice or game with an uncanny precision. We’re talking about PlaySight, a new company that “transforms your matches and practices into fully interactive and shareable events while giving you professional level analysis and evaluation tools to take your game to the next level.”

The company – with backing from professional tennis legends Billie Jean King, Chris Evert, Pete Sampras and Novak Djokovic – uses SmartCourt technology with cameras and multiple data-reading devices to record all the players’ movements, according to The Desert Sun. The player can watch the video later to analyze the results or get input from coaches. This is the latest in tennis technology.

Tennis players checking statistics on a phone.

“That’s what’s really exciting for a coach is to be able to say ‘Here’s what’s going on. Here’s what I’m seeing, let me show you,’” said tennis coach and former tennis professional Paul Annacone. “In the 90 seconds, while they’re drinking some water, a coach and player can sit down and put some visual behind some numbers, which is really impactful.”

Tennis professional Ryan Harrison raves about PlaySight. “You can go back and watch it later online with the video footage. It allows you to break down every single shot, every shot that was in tracks the speed of your serves, calls the lines for you.”

More than 25,000 players are using the technology at this time.

Contact one of Golden Ocala’s tennis professionals today at 352-402-4351 to propel your game light years ahead and see what playing tennis in Ocala is all about.

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