Certified Tennis Pro:
A sport professional who coached and competed collegiality and globally, Ben Gage has over 25 years of direct tennis competition and coaching experience at the amateur and professional level. Originally certified as a USPTA Teaching Pro by the US Professional Tennis Association right out of college after turning pro, he competed on the ATP Pro Tour Satellite Challenger Circuit in Europe, Scandinavia, Florida & South Africa.
Coached local, state, and regional champions including nationally ranked and collegiate players. Coached high school tennis (state champion & undefeated teams) early in his career.
Versatile Career Summary:
Ben's career versatility brings a broad and fresh perspective to the game and life. After traveling half the world as a tennis pro and then as sporting goods marketing executive, distributor & brand builder early in his career, he spent the 2nd half of his career working in product innovation and technology transfer commercialization.
Ben returned to tennis part time as teacher to give back to the game and develop new teaching solutions. He's updated on the new instructional technology and methods, modern top spin swing styles, and quick movement drills!
Seasoned Pro- Training & Teaching in Ral-Dur-Ch H:
Ben trained and coached in collaboration with European & Collegiate players at various levels to make a comprehensive re-study of the game to significant effect.
Founded Hilton Head Island Tennis Academy:
One of the first pros to land on the island, Ben pioneered tennis on Hilton Head in its' early formation days. He owned and operated the Ben Gage Tennis Academy there for years affiliated with the Sea Pines Company and former Wimbledon/US Open Champion & World #1 Stan Smith. He served as Director of Tennis and Resident Professional at multiple Sea Pines resort and private community locations intermittently over a 15 year period, founded the Hilton Head Island Jr Tennis Program, Coached at Hilton Head Prep, and served on the Wilson Sporting Goods Tennis Advisory Staff.
Mentored under Tennis Hall of Famers and Educational Pioneers:
Ben trained and mentored under his WFU Varsity Tennis Coach, the late Jim Leighton (WFU's "Leighton Courts" legacy name---home of the 2018 NCAA National Champion Demon Deacons & ESPN's Winston Salem Mens' ATP Pro Tennis Open). Coach Leighton, NCAA Hall of Fame & International Tennis Hall of Fame, was acclaimed as the 'Pro's Pro' or Teaching Pro of the Teaching Pros (developed early USPTA teaching certifiers & the famed Dennis Van Der Meer whom founded the PTR international tennis pro certification).
In addition to working closely under Hall of Fame and Grand Slam tennis legend Stan Smith at Sea Pines on Hilton Head, Ben collaborated with a pioneer in the field of Instructional Systems Technology, the late Dr. Mendel Sherman, Professor Emeritus Indiana University, pertaining to Robert Gagne's "Conditions of Learning" and teaching techniques in video instruction!
Previously, Ben co-invented (with Indiana University's Dr Sherman) and pioneered a proprietary tennis teaching tool, system, and video technology, THE STROKE SHAPER, for introducing tennis to kids and adults quickly to enable teaching swing skills separately from movement and ball timing skills by hitting a ball suspended in mid-air that could be struck and travel unimpeded over the net for instant hitter feedback!
Next Generation 'How to Learn' Tennis Technology Solution:
Ben is in stealth mode researching a 'digital tennis academy, smart instructional solution' to mass market worldwide, 'How to affordably learn tennis without an expensive pro or private club tennis court'.
Ben's Tennis Value Proposition:
"My broad tennis history & other career experience, combined with a 'student of the game mind set', brings a unique perspective to the game as a seasoned tennis business analyst, teacher and players' mentor or coach! And, I am personally connected at high levels to former and current top officials of the USTA, PTR, USPTA, ATP Tour and Tennis Hall of Fame."
Ben's done it all, been there, done that!
Now, it is YOUR turn in the tennis sun!
He's ready to help you.
And, he's only a click away!