Dedicated to Growing the Game & Building Your Game:
Tennis took him halfway around the world at an early age, so he has rededicated a focus on tennis to pass it on to you and others, beginners to advanced.
Whether you are a beginner just starting out or an advanced league & tournament player, Ben's quick analysis combined with his customized teaching solutions will help you improve rapidly, guaranteed. Adapting and patient, but challenging. Ben can teach long classic stokes or modern high velocity swing styles with heavy top spin at all levels!
Ben Gage's Teaching Specialties:
"My teaching specialty is a unique ability and 'professionally trained eye' to adjust to my students' personality, athletic & mental capability, level of play and playing style--beginner to advanced. I use a very positive approach with an emphasis 'on what to do' (not, what NOT to do). I am a natural born athlete and teacher (my Uncle Bobby Gage, Clemson All American, made the longest run in NFL history -record held 32 years). But now in my life, it's all about your goals and YOUR game, NOT mine! I had my day in the tennis sun!! And what a day it was seeing much of the USA and half the world, meeting so many neat people from many social backgrounds and cultures."
Everyone Can Learn Tennis:
--Many Reach High Performance Levels, Some just play for Fun, Exercise & Social Connectivity--
Today, with the new high performance racquets and all the great athletes in the game, tennis is now the most challenging and all around "athletically and mentally " demanding individual skill sport in the world!
However, everyone can learn tennis within their movement capacity and skill potential. It is much easier to learn and improve your game today with the new high tech gear, smart court technology and advanced movement coaching know how for all levels!
---You need an Adaptive & Patient Coach to Learn and Improve Optimally:
You'll improve quicker with a qualified Coach who was a proficient player that knows how to teach and coach today's game; and one who can adapt to your particular attributes and limitations.
Ben knows how to make it natural within your own play style and capability, not mechanical or forced by over emphasis on just one or two things----- always with a focus on fun, fitness, improvement and injury prevention! Wining can easily follow all that if you practice the right way enough under the guidance of a qualified coach!
Ben's ability as a 'continuous student of the game' who can quickly analyze your game and build or rebuild your strokes is unprecedented. He can demonstrate and teach 21st Century Styled Modern high velocity swings and heavy top spin shots to the younger generation or 20th Century Styled Classic swings for long flowing flat, deep strokes and sliced shots to the older generation! He typically focuses on efficient strokes and movement, court positioning strategy, shot selection, balance and agile maneuvers; and 'how to play" specific balls, tactically..... including the transition game moving to and recovering from wide shots, lobs and deep overheads to transitioning through "no man's land" (mid court, between the baseline and service line) from the back court to the net inclusive of reaching short balls to attacking approach shots, playing half volleys and touch shots, drops shots and angles, to all court adaptive shots (Federa's mastery) based on the point play situation. He encourages positive self talk to help players not beat themselves, exceed their limits and reach beyond their self perceived potential. He says he always enjoys teaching anyone who wants to learn and improve at any level regardless of talent, level, age or socio-econ background.
Advanced Coaching & Hitting Options:
For advanced tourney juniors or adults--- Ben can set up movement drills with dropped balls or do technical work on stroke efficiency with a tossed ball, feeder hit or ball machine, as well as agility & hitting drills as stationary hitter coach to mover student.
NOTE: For VERY advanced players, Ben has access to high level hitters who can provide on court movement drills and full court performance sessions in collaboration with Ben as your co-hitter/feeder or observer/analyst coach.
QUICK START System for 10 & Under's and Beginner Adults.
Today, Ben endorses this new Entry Level Tennis System (requires specialized gear- several categories of larger, slower, lower bouncing balls & smaller/lighter racquets on reduced sized courts) to accelerate beginner level tennis skill learning for a quick and sustained rally in back and forth hits.
--Grass Roots Pioneer & Tennis Community Activist--
On Hilton Head, Ben secured exclusive contracts with public and private entities including Sea Island developers of area resorts & private communities, local public and private schools, Montessori School, Children's Centers, and Recreation Associations to build student and private class participation-- including academy busing of the under privileged into gated residential and resort communities to gain a reputation as the "best in class" for area kids of all socio-economic and cultural backgrounds--- a first on the island!
Supporting Tennis Organizations Today: Currently, he's also open on a limited basis to assist your tennis organization or help you develop and grow your tennis club. He ran or operated out of over a dozen quality tennis facilities in his career including 4 locations on Hilton Head, SC.
ALERT: Availability to a limited number of students in 2019:
"Today, I am accepting ONLY a limited number of select students at specific times a few hours per week: early mornings or late afternoon on some days and Saturdays. I do have a day job (I am an Executive in Residence for NCSU’s Innovation Commercialization Office and consult as a serial innovator and emerging market entrepreneur working with start ups and leading university technology transfers based out of NC State’s Centennial Campus and Raleigh Founded Co Working locations.
Family Sport Benefits:
"There is more to life and me than tennis, but the game is no doubt the best vehicle for health, exercise, travel and upward social mobility! My dear Mother use to say, 'Tennis is THE Family Sport for a Life Time.” She wisely started our family in tennis on a back yard clay court my Father, Brother, Sister, and I built by our hands with limited equipment and resources when I was only 10 years old. Both my parents were great tennis etiquette and life roll models”.
---Ben's Personal Testimonial about his Life Long Tennis Passion---
"I did it all in the game as: Collegiate and Pro Player, Team Coach, Club Teaching Pro, Resort Academy Owner, Teaching Device Inventor, Manufactures' Rep, Euro Tennis Brand Distributor and new USA Court Sport Brand Creator/Owner all before age 40! Now, as a young minded and able bodied senior coach, I am giving back to the game and to you as a Tennis Industry Expert, Game Analyst & Teaching Pro.
"I would be thrilled to consider supporting your tennis endeavor and/or you or your family's tennis development, both jr and adult. Let's make a tennis connection."
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