I think of this very small and inexpensive video
camera as a dedicated tennis training aid.
It's the best solution that I've found for
videotaping my tennis matches for learning
purposes. The problem with a normal video
camera is that you often need someone to do the
videotaping for you - mostly to prevent someone
from walking off with it. This camera
because of its wide angle lens you can place
this right on the court with you. The
camera being flat is very useful because it sets
up well against whatever the tennis court
backdrop might be. I hang on fences,
netting on indoor courts and even duct tape it
to walls. The key to getting good video of
tennis matches is to place the camera high so
that it gets a good angle down into the court so
that you can see the lines well.
back and front views
Since the camera
is often placed about 10 feet above the court it
very hard to set it up well so that the camera
viewing angle gets a shot of the court.
When you can't see what the camera sees video
taping becomes a hit and miss type of exercise.
It's an all digital
camera with a USB connector built into the
camera so transferring the video to your
computer is as easy as it gets. The memory
built into the camera is just big enough to
video tape a 2 hour USTA tennis league match.
One of the best features of the camera is its
price. It is so inexpensive that I can
leave it in my tennis bag and have it always
ready to go just incase I decide to video tape
the tennis match. I'm not going to have to
worry about it getting stolen like I would with
a more expensive camera.
comes with a very good protective case
A video showing the Vado HD on a tennis court.
Gives you an idea of how well the wide angle
I use this USTA bag to hold the camera when I
hang it on a fence.
Hiker First Aid Kit
When you have a large tennis bag this is the
type of item that you might want to always
Are you going to use it often?
Let's hope not! When you do need it; it is
really nice to have. Since I don't know
much about first aid, if something big happened
I would have to hope that someone nearby would
be able to figure out what to do. It might
be a little bit over kill for my needs on a
tennis court, but I have used it a few times for
some basic problems.
I have used the
band-aids for some minor cuts and pills for
head-aches and muscle soreness. The most
important aid the kit has given so far was when
I started to develope a bad blister on my foot
during a tennis tournament. I need to
treat the problem before it could get worst
because I had a really important USTA league
match later in the day that I needed to be ready