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The Taos Tigers tennis preview

Top-notch training and room for more

By Sheila Miller
sports@taosnews.com
Posted 3/13/19

Want to learn a game that you can play throughout your life? The Taos Tigers tennis team is preparing for a new season and still accepting members.Tennis is a …

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School sports

The Taos Tigers tennis preview

Top-notch training and room for more

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Want to learn a game that you can play throughout your life? The Taos Tigers tennis team is preparing for a new season and still accepting members.

Tennis is a difficult game, and to have an exciting match, players need to be able to hit the ball reliably in the court. It sounds like it should be easy, but it isn't. Thus, head coach Kurt Edelbrock's focus in on helping players develop a rewarding tennis game though keeping the ball on the court.

Many New Mexico schools don't have a facility where they can have tennis practice. Taos athletes, however, are lucky to have nearby the Quail Ridge Taos tennis club and its owner as their coach.

Edelbrock has 40 years of coaching experience and more than a little time on the court himself. (He was once second at nationals and lettered in five sports in junior college.) He claims that his success has come not from being the most natural athlete, but from being the most coachable.

Knowing how being coached has directed his own, personal, athletic path, coach Edelbrock approaches coaching like a science. He's taken "155 units of physical education, physiology and injury management courses," he told The Taos News, and puts that knowledge into the training he offers young athletes.

He now has "multiple ways to say the same thing," he said. To improve a tennis game requires "an understanding of the biomechanics of tennis and how the human body can generate force and increase power." Thanks to his personal experience and his dedicated study, coach Edelbrock has the knowledge to help his young athletes do just that.

Any high school athletes interested in developing themselves through practice and the application of hard work as well as gaining a skill they can use through their lives might consider joining the tennis team.

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