E-coach much faster than the naked eye
By BRAD GREENSHIELDS
WHEN local tennis coach Danny Souza was introduced to Brisbane golf coach Jason Oberleuter, it was the start of a new coaching analysis tool which is a world first hitting Coffs Harbour.
Even better for Souza is that the new program doesn't even require him to have any face-to-face contact with a student. It can all be done via e-mail.
The program called e-coach has been built to compare video footage of a tennis player and can be played side by side with another piece of video that may be an old piece of video of the same player or maybe even create a comparison to one of the game's elite.
The program is capable of picking up minute technical errors which happen too fast or are too small for the naked eye to pick up.
In tennis, better technique means players can have more power, better accuracy and consistency while burning less energy and being less likely to get injured and many other sports can gain similar benefits.
Originally created a coaching tool for golf, e-coach is now now being adapted not only for tennis but also surfing, skiing, horse riding and any sport where better technique will give athletes a winning edge.
Sousa first saw the technology three years ago while researching top coaching methods from around the world.
"I had just coached a couple of players who made the top five in Australia and I decided to bring all the latest training methods to Coffs Harbour so that we would be ready to produce players of world standard," he said.
"Many of Australia's top players have historically come from country areas and I believe we can produce some top players locally.
"The original software I used had several limitations and I decided to hold off until there was a product available like this one that could do all that I wanted."
When the Coffs Coast Advocate caught up with Souza last week at the Brelsford Park courts, he was comparing one of his students' set-up to that of Rafael Nadal, one of the most technically sound players on the ATP Tour.
"Why wouldn't you show people Nadal?" the coach asked.
"Technically Nadal and Federer are pretty good. Actually anyone in the top 10, just to survive they really need pretty much perfect technique."
The Coffs Harbour Tennis Club is offering tennis players and athletes of all sports a free demonstration to show them how e-Coach can benefit them.
Bookings are essential and can be made by calling 6651 1615 or register interest by going to www.coffstennis.com and emailing the club.