Tennis Tips For Beginners
By Anne Clarke

Tennis Tips

Without first learning the movement and developing the skills for your achievement, you should take lessons in the basics of tennis for beginners. No matter how talented you may be, practicing consistently is the only way to stay in shape, and build technique for tennis.

- For example:

- The following are two basic types of stroke for people just learning the game:

1. Groundstrokes:

a) The player (or student) learning tennis for beginners must realize that groundstrokes are very important to master. A groundstroke begins with a slight, short backswing.

b) A possibility for you would be to also use a shortened grip on the club.

c) Use the regular type of follow-through.

d) Lengthen the backswing at a slow pace.

e) Slide the grip toward the handle.

f) Remember, in basic tennis for beginners, you will drop feed first! Second, doing your short drop feed is fine, and lastly, following the short drop feed, you will feed from your racquet.

g) Of course, you must start out inside the service line—and you may move back at rising pace. Begin slowly and usually try to end with a run.

2. Overheads:

a) The racquet must begin at point of contact and, again slowly, a bigger swing can be presented.

1. The student should be instructed to stand close to the net—and then, taking his or her time, begin to move backwards.

2. Remember to begin your student with an incredibly soft-feed right to the racquet.

3. You can show them a few higher feeds at first—but do not do too much at once.

4. Especially for young children, keep your lessons brief and productive as possible. A child’s attention span will not last too long. And you do not want to fail as an instructor by losing your student’s attention. Sessions with younger students should not exceed thirty minutes at a time. Often it is good to set up lessons several times per week.

If a student is having trouble with drills—pull back and remember to work with individual students at their own skill levels. Tennis for beginners is sometimes more of a challenge with some people than others.

By the same token, if your student seems to be “a natural” and is having no problems with his or her drills—challenge them further—begin more advanced drills.

Always work on precise technique, be sure your student has the exact form and bodylines, and is using the proper movements! Regarding lesson plans, yours will always vary depending on what the student or students are capable of doing. Therefore, setting out a full curriculum for tennis for beginners is practically a waste of your time—because you never know what kind of talent you will be dealing with.

Anne Clarke writes numerous articles for websites on gardening, parenting, recreation, education and home decor. Her background includes teaching and gardening. For more of her articles about tennis and tennis education and guidelines, please visit Tennis For Beginners.

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