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Biggest Golf Myth Ever – You Lifted Your Head…Keep Your Head Down

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GOLF TIPS Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org If you have ever read my articles you know that there is one myth that really bugs me. The myth is usually in the form of a free tip from a friend to “keep your head down” or after the shot, a playing partner will say “you lifted your head.” I cringe when I hear these statements on the range, or when playing golf with others. Let us start with stating one fact. A golfer’s head should always come up during a golf swing. It is not a matter of if it happens, it is ... Read More »

Never Arrive too Soon to the Ball or Else!

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READ MY TIPS Doug Browne dbrowne912@aol.com I absolutely love when my students are diligent and prepare quickly. In most cases, this studious player will be in excellent position to strike the ball. However, inexperienced tennis players can be too anxious and then must cope with a variety of issues. For example, amateurish tennis players often move to the ball so fast that they land on the wrong foot and then lose balance. As I coach this new player, I continually remind them of one basic rule: When a player moves right, plant on the right leg, and as they go left, ... Read More »

Uncomfortable Practice

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GOLF TIPS Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org If you do not play golf for a living, making time to practice can be difficult. There is a limited amount of time to practice beyond the time spent playing golf. If practice time is limited what is the best way to grow your game. A golfer who puts themselves in uncomfortable situations, will make mistakes more often, but growth happens quicker than those who practice in comfortable situations. Hitting 7 iron after 7 iron on the range at the same target, or the same distance has some benefit. This technique of blocked practice is ... Read More »

Coaches Must Ditch Tradition Right Away

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READ MY TIPS Doug Browne dbrowne912@aol.com Jumping groundstrokes, back leg moving through the air, say it isn’t so, right?  Perhaps I’m a tad liberal, but I absolutely encourage talented tennis players to buck the odds and ‘go for broke. It’s my line of reasoning that the great game of tennis never really appealed to the masses from the first exposure to the game to about 1975 because of the conservative coaching methods. In particular, I firmly believe that coaches stifled the then new players with either the Continental or Eastern grips; as it was not comfortable for many beginners. Whereas in ... Read More »

Surge heads to Nationals

Coach Chadd Chustz with members of his U6 team that won the at the Caple Coral 3v3 tourney. From left, are Gabriel Polanco, Aeden Chustz and Mario Guzman.

By Roger LaLonde roger@coastalbreezenews.com The Marco Island Surge 3v3 teams are gearing up for the Challenge Sports 3v3 National Championships, at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, July 31-Aug. 2. The Under 9 boys and U15 girls are rated No. 1 in Florida. The U6 boys are rated second, while the U12 boys are ranked third. The U6 team won the Cape Coral and Fort Myers tournaments, played at Jet Blue Stadium.  In the Cape Coral tourney, Surge U6 split with the top-ranked U6 team, Parma FC. The U10 boys and U11 girls also ... Read More »

Fishing the 10,000 Islands in July

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FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@gmail.com Here in the Ten Thousand Islands, the weather in July is somewhat predictable, as are the fishing patterns. Expect the bite to drop off during the mid day heat and slack tides. The bite is early in the day, and again late in the afternoon/early evening after the mid day storms cool things off a little. Day time air temperatures are now hovering around 90 degrees each day, bringing the water temperatures up to 87 degrees. Anglers can get into some nice Snook on the outside islands. Top water plugs and suspended soft plastic ... Read More »

I Never Thought That I Would See It!

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READ MY TIPS Doug Browne dbrowne912@aol.com Without a doubt, the advent of the two-handed backhand has been one of the great additions to the game of tennis. Agassi, Connors, Evert, Nadal, Williams come to mind when I think of powerful two-fisted backhands that have shaped the game of tennis. Due to the success of this stroke, thousands of new tennis players were introduced to this style and have flourished having implemented this stroke into their game. On the other hand, our new men’s French Open champion might be responsible for impacting the future of tennis because of his dominant one-handed backhand ... Read More »

Producing Different Trajectories

The three wrist movements to know: extension 
/flexion, ulnar/radial deviation and supination/pronation. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

GOLF TIPS Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org There are so many variables in a golf swing. If I were to go back to college, I would take physics, kinesiology and biomechanics classes to become a better golf instructor. I study all the aforementioned now, but it takes me a couple reads or views to let the information soak in. A couple years ago I started studying how the golfer’s wrists movement heavily affect all the variables in the golf swing. The golfer’s wrists are most influential at impact. They affect loft, club face direction, and many other parameters that affects how the ... Read More »

Will Nadal Show Up at Wimbledon?

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READ MY TIPS Doug Browne dbrowne912@aol.com In the last few years, Rafa Nadal has bowed out in the early rounds at Wimbledon to Steve Darcis of Belgium, Lukas Rosol, Czech Republic and Australian teenager Nick Krygios. Curious, indeed? How can such dramatic upsets occur to one of the greatest players of all time? The Nadal camp will site Rafa’s recent struggles with his ailing knee but many other tennis enthusiasts point to possible doping. Say it isn’t so, Rafa. In today’s heavily scrutinized sports world, fans tend to be suspicious when unusual events surface. Let’s simply examine the Lance Armstrong bicycling ... Read More »

Marco Island’s U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 9-5 Boating Safety Course

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Submitted ‘It’s time to develop or refresh your safe boating skills. The Marco Island U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will be holding the “Boating Skills & Seamanship” four week – eight session course beginning on Monday, July 6. The course includes information about equipment for your boat, handling your boat, rules of the road, weather, course navigation, knots, Florida boating law and more. In addition, the Marco Island Flotilla tailors the course to address the nuances of the Marco Island waters. Educating the boating public on recreational boating safety as a means of “preventative search and rescue” has been one of ... Read More »

Poling, Havemeier top Charter School student athletes

The Charter School girls soccer team, recognized at Charter Sports Awards night.

By Roger LaLonde The Marco Island Charter Middle School Sports Awards night was again a celebration of student athletes on May 28. The top four award-winning athletes are outstanding in the classroom as well. The night’s top award, Student Athlete of the Year, was won by eighth graders Mickey Poling and Teagan Havemeier. The Mickey Mendel Sportsmanship Award went to Richard Reisinger and Laura Poelstra. Poling played cross country, basketball, soccer and track while sporting a 3.6 Grade Point Average on a 4.0 system. “His work in the classroom has been excellent. He is ready to soar into his new ... Read More »

Why the Slice?

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GOLF TIPS Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org The dreaded slice. Why do so many golfers slice? What causes the slice? How do I fix my slice? Let us answer all these questions. A slice is a golf shot that takes off and turns significantly right of the initial starting direction. Slicing is a worldwide epidemic that does have a secret ingredient to fix the problem. I know you wanted a quick fix so you can take $5 off your friends tomorrow, but changing a bad pattern takes hours of work. However, you do not have to get worse before you get better. ... Read More »

Prime Shallow Water Fishing Targets of the 10,000 Islands

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FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@gmail.com Here in the 10,000 Islands we target many different species of fish throughout the year. As the seasons change, so do our target species and methods of how and where we fish for them. Our top shallow water targets include Snook, Redfish, Speckled Trout, and Tarpon. In addition to these four, we catch Snapper, Sheepshead, Shark, Tripletail, Pompano, Permit, Cobia, Gag and Red Grouper, Spanish Mackerel, King Mackerel, Flounder, Catfish, Jack Crevalle, Ladyfish, and a few others. Below is a very brief explanation of our top four targets. Snook: There is great prestige in ... Read More »

Do You Have a Good Tennis Job?

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READ MY TIPS Doug Browne dbrowne912@aol.com Talk about a loaded question…clearly, it means different things to different people. Certain business minded professionals enjoy matchmaking, programming and weekly meetings, and love being the leader in their department. Whereas, other tennis professionals just love to teach all day and not worry about the daily round robin. And then there are plenty of specialists: Adult coordinator, junior academy director and the Cardio Tennis clinic organizer. Often there are several different types of tennis jobs: Tennis clubs only, golf and tennis, camps and public parks. In order to win the interview, pros must do their ... Read More »

Spring Football Game Becomes a Scrimmage for MIA Rays

Oops! A number of Marco Island Academy football players, are caught watching a play, rather than being involved in it, during a scrimmage on a Friday night when Deerfield Beach-Zion Lutheran canceled at the last minute.

By Roger LaLonde On a balmy Friday night, May 15, Marco Island Academy football fans walked onto the field at Winterberry Park. They were anxious to see what the next season may hold as the Manta Rays were to play their spring game against Deerfield Beach-Zion Lutheran. The referees chatted as they readied to have the opportunity to work a game, after being idle for more than six months. But wait, they were only talking with coaches and players from the Rays. Zion Lutheran wasn’t on the field. In fact, they weren’t even on Marco. In the waning afternoon hours ... Read More »

Bringing Home a Trophy

Adidas Spring Cup players.

Submitted Over 70 teams competed in the Adidas Spring Cup, hosted by the Florida Fire Juniors, in Naples, over Mother’s Day weekend, including Collier FC SURGE U12 boys and girls, as well as U8 boys teams. The Collier FC U12 boys tied their first two matches against the Venice Falcons and Florida Fire in the U12 11v11 bracket, and then won their next two matches, both 1-0, against the same two teams, for a thrilling championship. The U8 Collier FC boys also brought home a championship plaque. “It was a fun, well run tournament for the kids,” said Chadd Chustz, ... Read More »

Marco’s Wheeler, Ragan Represent Schools for Winged Foot Scholar-Athlete Award

Jessica Ragan, the Marco Island Academy Winged Foot Scholar-Athlete Award nominee, with her family, from left, Cameron, Connor, Jaden, Jenna, mom Paula, Jessica and dad Ron.

By Roger LaLonde Overcoming worthy competition, Michael Walker of Naples High was named the 26th Annual Winged Foot Scholar-Athlete on May 21. He was among 13 candidates, each representing a Collier County high school. Marco Island’s Gage Wheeler represented Lely, and Jessica Ragan represented Marco Island Academy. Each nominee received a $2,500 scholarship from the Collier Athletic Club. Walker received a $10,000 scholarship, paid over four years. Wheeler will attend the United States Air Force Academy. Ragan is undecided, although Stetson University in Deland is a possibility. Starring in the classroom, cross country and track at Lely High School, Wheeler ... Read More »

Rash, Hart Lead Charter School at County Track & Field Championships

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By Roger LaLonde roger@coastalbreezenews.com On Saturday, Marco Island’s Dagan Rash and Ryenn Hart showed their worth by winning first-place medals at the Collier County Middle School Track & Field Championships at Golden Gate High School. Rash came back from being upset at the South Division Track & Field qualifications on April 25, to easily winning the shot put in the championship round at Golden Gate High School on Saturday. His throw of 38-feet-2-inches topped the field. Jet Su, who upset Rash in the qualifier round, was second, but 1.4 feet shorter. “I was kind of surprised that I could win ... Read More »

Is it a Job or is it a Career?

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READ MY TIPS Doug Browne dbrowne912@aol.com Color me delusional but I always approached each new opportunity as a part of my extensive career as tennis professional. As my mentor, Jak Beardsworth, once coined, “It seemed like a good idea at the time,” he said with a wry smile. Indisputably, my early ascent to running my own tennis program was an integral aspect of my joy in choosing my path in life. Similar to my playing career, I was lucky to taste success early, and that offered motivation to keep climbing, pursuing my dreams. My hometown club hosted the United States Clay ... Read More »

Fishing the 10,000 Islands in June

Kelvin with a nice redfish.

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@gmail.com As May rolls out and June rolls in, we begin our summer fishing season and enter into our four warmest months of the year. With midday time air temperatures now hovering around 90 degrees each day, your best bet for fishing the shallow flats will be to start early in the morning before both the peak heat of the midday sun, and the almost daily afternoon showers. We are now fishing mostly on the outside flats and shorelines and have pretty much left the farther backwaters for the summer. The Snook will be feeding ... Read More »