Tennis is not a game for the weary or slow moving. Tennis is a game of quick movements that use every muscle in your body. It is difficult to become a fantastic tennis player due to several reasons including the inability to find an affordable tennis club, lessons, or players to practice against. These obstacles can impede your improvement in tennis which will make you frustrated. Before you quit tennis altogther, try these six simple steps to a winning tennis game.
Buy a graphite racquet. If you don’t want to spend any money on a new racquet and think that your parents’ old wooden relics are just fine, think again. A wooden racquet simply cannot generate the power of the newer graphite models so you will be constantly underpowered when using one. Plus, the head on the newer racquets are much larger so it makes hitting the ball that much easier. Besides, there are graphite racquets out there starting around $20 that are fine for getting started.
Hit against a board. While these are getting hard to find, there are tennis courts that have a board set up against the fence. Before thinking about playing a match, try hitting against the board to improve your accuracy. Once you can hit 8-10 balls without missing, you are ready to start playing some matches with real people.
Keep moving. Tennis is not baseball. Tennis is a sport that demands constant movement in order to succeed. You have to move towards that ball the moment you know where it is heading. Being out of position is a common mistake for beginners so improve your chances for success by always moving. Once you hit a shot, move back towards the center of the court behind the baseline. Don’t wait for the next shot … move!
What about my tennis strokes? There is a constant debate over a one-handed versus two-handed backhand. Use the one-handed backhand because it takes less time to be in the proper position for this shot. Plus, you will have a wider variety of angles and less prone to having the ball fly into you while you are preparing for the shot.
The word “emotion” should leave your vocabulary. Tennis can be frustrating and you may feel tempted to hit the ball as hard as you can. A frustrated tennis player tends to hit balls out long or nail them in the net. You need to keep a cool head and forget any lost points. Don’t lose control of a match due to your emotions.
Spin is everything. Now this is a hard one for people to learn, but spin is what makes the difference between a novice just hitting balls around, and someone who is a serious threat on the court. The key to generated topspin or backspin is in the follow through. If you do not follow through on your shots, then you will be hitting the ball flat and it is more likely to sail long. Plus, with spin, you can disguise your shots more and catch your opponent off guard. It is a potent weapon in anyone’s tennis game.
If you are looking for a way to get into shape, few sports are better than tennis. Tennis is a great way to improve your cardiovascular system and increase coordination. By following the simple steps above, you can greatly improve both your game and satisfaction from playing.