It starts with passion
Avid tennis players know that ‘forty all‘ is called ‘deuce’ in a game. For me, this is the best part of a game because it means I’m level with my opponent at the time, at least for that game. There is no “love,” so to speak, because we are both fighting for those next two points. What a challenge! You need to make tennis as exciting as a game to know which practice tools and accessories are best for you.
To enjoy the fun and success of tennis, you need to know what’s involved. What you learn about tennis may come from sources such as tennis magazines and books available to you to seek expert advice. For example, a professional in a tennis magazine can discuss the size of the racket head or the string thickness. Learn about tennis ball pressure and which balls to use when you’re just starting or playing a tournament. You can learn about tennis racket grips and what size to use to avoid tennis elbow. Find out which clothes are most comfortable or which shoes are better for clay or grass courts. Search online to learn about tennis coaching resorts where professionals guide you through the basics of tennis skills and where you can also enjoy time to relax.
Where to learn about tennis
It takes time to become a skilled player. Some may think that they can learn tennis techniques by observing professional players and think it doesn’t seem too difficult. Not so. The methods required, along with an acquired computerized judgment of the best way to hit a ball flying in your direction, can take many months or more of practice to understand. If you want to become a professional, you need more than magazines or books to learn about tennis and appreciate the discipline and skills required. Starting high school on the tennis team is ideal. If you’re an adult, finding a good coach who leads you at a slow, repetitive pace will allow you to master the basics. It becomes like second nature to you. The best coaches have certifications and can be found on USPTA (United States Professional Tennis Association) or ITF (International Tennis Federation) for international searches. It can be complex, but in practice, time makes a difference.
A tennis video lesson is the best option if you can’t use a coach. It may take many of these resources to learn enough about tennis to master the game. Importantly, if you want to be a serious player, be patient with yourself, educate yourself, and practice as much as possible. If you’re having fun, do it while learning the game.
Marina Jacobs is a 49-year-old Desert Storm veteran, a homemaker who has been playing tennis since she was 15. She still loves the game and hopes to help anyone new to tennis.
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