LAURA’S TEACHING PHILOSOPHY

Laura Fenton Kovanda has an extensive teaching background which included biomechanics, kinesiology, exercise physiology, biophysics, sports psychology, neuroplasticity, nutrition and athletic training, not to mention teaching students "how" to teach basketball, softball, baseball, volleyball, football, tennis, racquetball and pickleball.  When one learns to see mechanically what is creating the problem in a student’s swing, footwork, shot, serve, overhead, etc…, then they have the ability to correct it.  Anyone can see what a player did wrong, but do they know how to correct it and why?  This is one area Laura is quite well known for – fixing bad habits that have been created due to incorrect body mechanics/motor skills.

Laura firmly believes that people learn the most effectively when they are in a small group, as well as within their own skill level.   She states, “One learns the most when there are either 3 or 4 -and a pro in a small group lesson for a 90-minute period.”  Groups of 8 or less works well too!  This allows for more personal attention, rather than a large group of people, as we want students to get their money’s worth. When we combine the knowledge (cognitive learning) with the proper motor skills (physical learning) and throw in some mental imagery, the court really then becomes X’s and O’s – it’s then just a matter of executing what one has learned.

Upcoming Clinics

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Aug 12-13, 2019 & Aug 19-20, 2019

LOCATION: EVERGREEN, CO (MARSHDALE)

WORK ON THESE AREAS WITH LAURA FENTON KOVANDA & JOEY FARIAS:

Footwork: Groundstrokes, Drop Shots, Overheads, Kitchen

Court Coverage: Backcourt, Transition, Kitchen, Lobs

Volleys: At feet, Above net, Topspin, Slice

Paddle Position: Location of ball & Opponent

Lobs: Mechanics, Direction, Timing

Overheads: Mechanics, Footwork, Target

Serve: Placement, Spins, Heights & Speeds

Return of Serve: Footwork, Purpose, Court Coverage

Drop Shots, Re-Sets, & Digs: Flight, Footwork, Squaring Up, Paddle Angle, Spin, Decision Making

Proper Warmup, Cool-down, Fitness Tips, Prevention & Treatment of Injuries in Pickleball

Two-Day Clinic - 3.5+ Skill Level
Monday and Tuesday, August 19 & 20, 2019

  • 12:00 – 6:30pm — Skill level: 3.5+

  • 5 hours daily (1.5 hr break for lunch)

  • $295 per person

Two-Day Clinic - 3.0 Skill Level
Monday and Tuesday, August 12 & 13, 2019

  • 8:00am – 2:00pm — Skill level: 3.0

  • 5 hours daily (1 hr break for lunch)

  • $295 per person

Private & Semi-private Lessons also available with laura fenton kovanda & joey farias!

DAYS/TIMES: Mon, Aug 12th and Tues, Aug 13th beginning at 3:30 pm; Tues, Aug 20th in the morning

CONTACT: Laura Fenton Kovanda (702) 468-6337; LFenton2862@gmail.com or Joey Farias (361) 774-3318; jfariastennis@gmail.com

PLEASE CALL TO SCHEDULE AND CONFIRM TIME! YOU ARE NOT CONFIRMED UNTIL YOU HAVE A TIME AND PAY FEES.

  • Private: $85.00 per hr

  • 2 Players: $65.00 per hr

  • 3 Players: $55.00 per hr

  • 4+ Players: $45.00 each per hr

 
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Aug 28-30, 2019 & Sept 2-3, 2019

LOCATION: NORTH LAKE TAHOE (INCLINE VILLAGE)

WORK ON THESE AREAS WITH LAURA FENTON KOVANDA:

Footwork: Groundstrokes, Drop Shots, Overheads, Kitchen

Court Coverage: Backcourt, Transition, Kitchen, Lobs

Volleys: At feet, Above net, Topspin, Slice

Paddle Position: Location of ball & Opponent

Lobs: Mechanics, Direction, Timing

Overheads: Mechanics, Footwork, Target

Serve: Placement, Spins, Heights & Speeds

Return of Serve: Footwork, Purpose, Court Coverage

Drop Shots, Re-Sets, & Digs: Flight, Footwork, Squaring Up, Paddle Angle, Spin, Decision Making

Proper Warmup, Cool-down, Fitness Tips, Prevention & Treatment of Injuries in Pickleball

Three-Day Clinic
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, August 28-30, 2019

LOCATION: North Lake Tahoe (Incline Village)

  • 8:00am – 11:00am and 12:00 - 2:00pm (each day)

  • 5 hours daily (15 hours total of camp!)

  • 3-Day camps include Videotape Analysis

  • 8/1 Player to Instructor Ratio

  • $485 per person

TWO-Day Clinic
Monday and TUESDAY, September 2-3, 2019

LOCATION: North Lake Tahoe (Incline Village)

  • Monday: 1:00pm - 4:00pm (3 hours)

  • Tuesday: 8:00am - 11:00am and 12:00pm - 2:00pm (5 hours)

  • 8/1 Player to Instructor Ratio

  • $265 per person

Private & Semi-private Lessons also available with laura fenton kovanda!

CONTACT: Laura Fenton Kovanda (702) 468-6337 or LFenton2862@gmail.com

PLEASE CALL TO SCHEDULE AND CONFIRM TIME! YOU ARE NOT CONFIRMED UNTIL YOU HAVE A TIME AND PAY FEES.

  • Private: $85.00 per hr

  • 2 Players: $65.00 per hr

  • 3 Players: $55.00 per hr

  • 4+ Players: $45.00 each per hr

 
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Oct 2-3, 2019 & Oct 4-5, 2019

LOCATION: SUN CITY CENTER, FL (KINGS POINT)

SOME OF THE AREAS COVERED + PLAY TIME

Getting to the kitchen as a team

Retrieving balls hit at your feet & body

3rd Shot Mechanics & Choices

Shot Selections

Proper Blocking

Lobs, Covering Lobs and Overheads

Court Coverage & Staying balanced as a team

Strategies & The soft game vs. The hard game

TWO-Day Clinic - Skill Mastery for your next level!
Friday & Saturday, OCTOBER 4-5, 2019

LOCATION: Sun City Center, FL (kings Point)

  • 9:00 am - 11:00 am + 1 extra hour of play critiqued!

  • Skill Mastery for your next level!

  • $95 per person

TWO-Day Clinic - 3.5 Skill Level
Wednesday & Thursday, OCTOBER 2-3, 2019

LOCATION: Sun City Center, FL (kings Point)

  • 9:00 am - 11:00 am + 1 extra hour of play critiqued!

  • 3.5 Skill Level

  • $95 per person

Private & Semi-private Lessons also available with laura fenton kovanda!

CONTACT: Laura Fenton Kovanda (702) 468-6337 or LFenton2862@gmail.com

PLEASE CALL TO SCHEDULE AND CONFIRM TIME! YOU ARE NOT CONFIRMED UNTIL YOU HAVE A TIME AND PAY FEES.

  • Private: $85.00 per hr

  • 2 Players: $65.00 per hr

  • 3 Players: $55.00 per hr

  • 4+ Players: $45.00 each per hr

 
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OCT 25-27, 2019

LOCATION: COUNCIL BLUFFS AREA PICKLEBALL, IOWA

Iowa West Field House: 5 Arena Way, Council Bluff, IA 51503

WORK ON THESE AREAS WITH LAURA FENTON KOVANDA:

Footwork: Groundstrokes, Drop Shots, Overheads, Kitchen

Court Coverage: Backcourt, Transition, Kitchen, Lobs

Volleys: At feet, Above net, Topspin, Slice

Paddle Position: Location of ball & Opponent

Lobs: Mechanics, Direction, Timing

Overheads: Mechanics, Footwork, Target

Serve: Placement, Spins, Heights & Speeds

Return of Serve: Footwork, Purpose, Court Coverage

Drop Shots, Re-Sets, & Digs: Flight, Footwork, Squaring Up, Paddle Angle, Spin, Decision Making

Proper Warmup, Cool-down, Fitness Tips, Prevention & Treatment of Injuries in Pickleball

Three-Day Clinic
FRIDAY - SUNDAY, October 25-27, 2019

LOCATION: Council Bluffs area Pickleball (Iowa West Fieldhouse)

  • 8:00am – 11:00am and 12:30pm - 3:30pm (each day)

  • 6 hours daily (18 hours total of camp!)

  • 3-Day camps include Videotape Analysis

  • 8:1 Player to Instructor Ratio

  • $495 per person

 

Request an LFK Clinic or Event:

To request a clinic, lesson or special event with Laura, that is not mentioned above, please reach out to her by clicking the request button below.

 

Clinic Topics

targeted by Skill level

Schedule Laura to provide a clinic at your club or pickleball group.  Clinics are offered at the Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced levels for all age groups.  Laura is a master at breaking down skills into teachable components, then building them back into techniques that you can put into action immediately.

CLINIC TOPICS INCLUDE:

  • Proper Footwork

    • Strokes, Drop Shots, Overheads, and the Kitchen Line

  • Court Coverage

    • Back court, Mid Court, Kitchen Line

  • Reading the Court and your Opponents

    • Determining next shot

  • 3rd Shot Drops and Drives

    • When, why and where to aim the 3rd shot

  • Hitting Swinging Volleys

    • Hitting flat or with top-spin

  • Returning Balls Hit at Feet and Body

    • Learning when to just get it back over versus doing something with it

  • Serves and Service Returns

    • Returns - the most important factors in setting up a point

  • Squeezing the Middle

    • When and How

  • 3 Types of Dinks

    • How and when to use them

  • Various types of Blocking

    • How blocking changes depending on the situation

  • Hard vs Soft

    • When to drive the ball and when to go soft

  • Hitting Lobs and How to Cover the Lob

  • How to properly hit an Overhead

  • Learning to use Angles instead of Power

Private Lessons

1-7 players per lesson

Are you ready to take your pickleball game to the next level?  Work one-on-one or in small groups with Laura as she analyzes your game and focuses on key areas to improve.  You will gain deeper insight into how to move on the court to be more efficient and effective with your shots.

  • Private Lesson

    • 1 person per hour

    • 10% discount for 4 lessons

  • Semi-private Lesson

    • 2 people per hour

  • 3-and-a-Pro

    • 3 people - 90 minutes

  • Group

    • 4-6 players - 90 minutes

  • 2-day Group Lesson

    • 7-and-a-Pro

    • Same skill levels

    • 2.5 hours per day

  • 3-day Group Lesson

    • 7-and-a-Pro

    • Same skill levels

    • 2.5 hours per day

  • Video Analysis

    • Taping of play and followup analysis

    • 1 hour

  • Personal Coaching, Physical Training, and/or Mental Training

    • 1 hour

 

Clinic Options

Up to 8 players per session

  • 90 minute session

  • 2 hour session

  • 2.5 hour session

  • 3 hour session

  • One day session

    • 4 hours, includes play time with pro

  • Two day clinic

    • 4 hours – 2 hours each day

  • Two day clinic

    • 6 hours – 3 hours each day

    • Includes play time with pro

  • Two day clinic

    • 8 hours – 4 hours each day

    • Includes play time with pro

  • Three day clinic

    • 2 – 4 hours per day

Create Your Own

Clinics - Camps - Lessons

Laura's dynamic teaching style and outgoing personality will help you create a customized program.  Contact us to discuss what you have in mind.

Special Events

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Would you like to book Laura for a Grand Opening, as a Special Guest or Keynote Speaker at your event?  Let us know more about your event today!

 

Clinic Reviews

“Laura is really smart and tuned her instruction to the group’s apparent needs. Additionally, her workouts were stellar. She was by far the best instructor here.”
”Great Specific Instruction.”
”Highly informative, answered questions willingly and always gave us time to hydrate and cool down. Very approachable and made learning fun.”
“She was so encouraging, shared so much good information, and is just a Top-notch instructor!”
— SunCoast Pickleball Camp Reviews (June 2019)
“I’ve played many sports in my lifetime, but Laura is the best clinician, trainer and motivator I have ever had! Because of her educational background, she sees the little things that need to change in each person. Trust me - you will “love” her clinics.
— Jody Korner, Michigan
“Laura’s clinics were the stepping stones in our games going to the next level, and my wife is now winning tournaments! I was a football player and originally wasn’t about to be told anything from a girl. Boy, was I wrong! Her clinics are great! She’s incredibly knowledgeable, and I would recommend everyone to take her clinics. We miss her horribly!”
— Clark & Karen Cornell, Worthington, Ohio
“She’s the most ‘amazing’ teacher ever! I was a former tennis player & she helped correct my bad habits in pickleball in one day! Great people-person & super organized! Two thumbs up!”
— Lisa Carroll, Columbus, Ohio
I have taken many clinics, several by various pros, and I have to say Laura’s clinic went above and beyond my expectations. When I initially read the list of Laura’s credentials, I thought “wow, this should be awesome.” The clinic went above awesome. Laura has a unique teaching style and everyone of us walked away wanting more. The clinic was informative, challenging, encouraging & fun. Laura definitely lives up to her credentials. You will walk away with an improvement in your pickleball game after only four hours with Laura.
— Sue R.
A big than you for the two day session! I participated in many sessions before and this is the first time the drills were different. I learned where to place myself on the court depending on the play. I also learned how to move on the court depending on the plays. This will definitely help me to progress forward. Your explanations were clear and the questions were answered clearly as well. Since then, I have been practicing what I learned with other participants and other players and I will continue to do so.
Thank you very much!
— Lise T.
My husband and I attended a two-day clinic for 3.5 and 4.0 pickleball players instructed by Laura Fenton Kovanda. Ms. Kovanda has exceptional credentials, experience, and knowledge to impart on her students. She easily imparts her knowledge in sports from her experience in Biomechanics, Kinesiology, Exercise Physiology, and Sport Psychology to the student. As an example, she spoke about the importance of playing the angles and body positioning. She also talked about tightness in certain muscles, how it relates to the rest of your body and stretching exercises to help alleviate the muscle tightness. Her easygoing style of teaching makes the student feel they are getting the best from her. Her passionate attitude and enthusiasm about the sport of pickleball is very evident while she demonstrates each drill and speaks to each student. She wants you to be a better player. I would recommend to anyone who wants to be a better pickleball player whether it is a recreational player to a tournament player to attend Ms. Kovanda’s clinic.
Thanks for a great experience!
— Stephanie D.
I was very fortunate to be able to attend a 2 day Seminar with Laura Fenton Kovanda last week! What an absolutely fabulous experience! Having been at this sport 3 years with training from many professionals, I have to say that Laura’s training was the best I have ever had. In just 4 hours, I know that my game has improved a bit, but most importantly I know what to work on to make it better! Laura’s got the perfect personality for teaching and has the best professional pickleball skills to boot, with credentials to back it up! Laura’s seminar was fun, very challenging and she made everyone feel comfortable! I feel very lucky that Laura resides in Arizona and close enough for me to continue training with her.
— Maureen W.