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Hawaii: Up your tennis skills with an e-coaching program on Maui

The Royal Lahaina Tennis Ranch features 11 championship courts and PlaySight technology, which allows guests to improve their game.

The Royal Lahaina Tennis Ranch features 11 championship courts and PlaySight technology, which allows guests to improve their game.

(Sean M. Hower)

You can work on your tennis skills on your next trip to Hawaii, and you won’t need to hire a coach either.

The Royal Lahaina Resort in March became the first place in the state to offer guests and locals an opportunity to improve their game using the live streaming and computer analytics of a program called PlaySight.

Six cameras record a player's every stroke and move during a tennis match at the Royal Lahaina Resort on Maui.

Six cameras record a player’s every stroke and move during a tennis match at the Royal Lahaina Resort on Maui.

(Sean M. Hower)

Here’s how it works: Data collected from six high-definition cameras provides players with instant feedback on screens installed at interactive kiosks.

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The PlaySight system captures everything that happens on the court, from ball speed and trajectory of the ball to the distance each player travels on the court.

Data provided by the e-coach allows players to pinpoint their strengths and their weaknesses -- and work on upping their game.

The resort has 11 championship courts at its Royal Lahaina Tennis Ranch, which also boasts a 3,500-seat stadium. They’re lighted at night too, for those who want to extend their tennis day.

Anyone may use the courts (ask for a SmartCourt); tennis clinics for beginner and intermediate players start at just $20 per person for an hour.

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If you want to stay, partial ocean-view rooms start at $185 a night for visitors who stay at least six nights and reserve by May 31.

Info: Royal Lahaina Resort, (800) 222-5642

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