Read the 7 tips below on how to get started playing tennis:
1. Make the mental decision to begin
Like anything else, you need to want to do something in order to do it. Maybe you’ve wanted to learn tennis for a while now, but your career, family life, social schedule, or whatever else has gotten in the way.
That’s not going to be the case anymore. You’re going to make the mental decision to put some of that aside and carve out some time for YOU!
Imagine; you’ll have an activity that will serve as exercise, social interaction, and mental stimulation. Plus, you can carry tennis with you throughout your entire adult life. What more can you ask for?
You deserve to give that gift to yourself!
2. Find a friend who will embark on this new endeavor with you
This isn’t a necessity, but 2 is better than 1.
Having a friend to start playing tennis with can make it a lot more fun and more affordable. Sharing your progress and encouraging each other can help you move up the ladder that much quicker. Plus, if you decide to take tennis lessons it will be a bit cheaper split between 2 people.
After all, in order to play tennis you need another person on the other side of the net. By finding someone to start with, you’ll automatically have a hitting partner around the same level to practice with!
3. Buy some good equipment
If you’re serious about playing, you should invest in a good racket and good tennis shoes.
Racket technology has come SO far in the past few decades. To a beginner tennis player, it may look like all rackets are the same, but to an experienced player they are all very different. Tennis rackets are uniquely designed for different kinds of players and playing styles. The different materials will greatly affect the feeling of the racket, in turn, affecting your game.
So take your time and try out some rackets. Do some research and ask a tennis professional or someone who specializes in rackets to help you find a racket that best suits you and your game.
4. Find a tennis professional to take tennis lessons
Depending on where you live, your options will vary. One thing to keep in mind is you don’t need to find a tennis club in order to get tennis lessons! Why pay high membership fees or high non-member prices, and waste time traveling to the nearest club?
Instead, use a service like PlayYourCourt where you can utilize the courts in your neighborhood, local park, or nearby school and have the instructors come to you! You can search our website to find tennis professionals closest to you, and schedule and book a lesson in one go. We have a variety of tennis coaches all of whom are experienced in working with all ages and skill levels. Although our rates vary depending on location, our pricing structure is purposely designed to be more affordable than your nearest facility.
The most important thing is that our pros are CERTIFIED and go through a lengthy interview process. It’s not like finding someone on a website like Craigslist. Our professionals consist of college tennis coaches, touring professionals, nationally televised coaches, and world renowned tennis speakers. We only choose the best!
For beginner tennis lessons, you need someone knowledgeable to teach you proper technique from the get-go. This will only help you improve quicker and prevent injuries! Click here to find a tennis professional near you.
5. Learn the rules
This isn’t something you need to do right away, but learning the rules will make it much more fun when you start to play some points and compete. A great way to learn the rules is to watch professional tennis. Not only will you learn the rules, but you’ll also see what your shots are supposed to look like.
A more recent tip I’ve given my students (and a fun one) is to play Wii Tennis. It’s a great tool to learn how to keep score and a fun activity, to boot.
You need to practice, practice, and practice – did I mention you need to practice? J
There’s no doubt tennis is a tough sport to learn. It takes a lot of time and patience to develop the muscle memory needed to hit your strokes. I suggest you take a weekly lesson in the beginning, and then practice 1 or 2 days a week with a friend or against a wall to reinforce what you’ve learned.
The more you practice, the quicker you’ll improve.
7. Find groups/leagues to expand your circle
Use online resources like USTA.com to access information about local leagues, tournaments, and hitting partners. There are endless opportunities out there to meet more people and play more tennis!
Now that you know how to get started playing tennis, search PlayYourCourt.com to find a tennis professional near to you!