Top 6 Tips for Getting Started with Tennis
Starting a new sport like tennis can be challenging. You might be unsure about where to begin or what steps to take. Don’t worry; we’ve got you covered! Read on for our top six tips to help you kickstart your tennis journey:
Tip 1: Understand the Basics
Before hitting the court, take some time to familiarize yourself with the basic rules and techniques of tennis. Learn about the scoring system, the dimensions of the court, and the equipment involved, such as the racquet and tennis balls. There are numerous online resources, tutorials, and beginner-friendly books that can provide valuable insights into the fundamentals of tennis.
Tip 2: Prioritize Fitness and Warm-Up
Fitness is crucial, so start with a simple stretching routine or a brisk walk to warm up your body. Avoid going from zero to intense activity right away. Visit the gym for a proper warm-up to prepare your body for the physical demands of tennis.
Tip 3: Gear Up with the Right Equipment
Make sure you have the proper equipment for tennis. Invest in a racquet that suits your playing style, comfortable running shoes (tennis shoes are recommended), and suitable fitness attire. Wearing the right gear will enhance your performance and prevent unnecessary discomfort during play. Visit our Sports Shops at Mayfair Lakeshore or Mayfair Parkway and ask our Sales Associates for help with selecting your gear.
Tip 4: Seek a Patient Friend or Coach
Having a patient friend to practice with can be beneficial as you learn the game. However, if you want to fast-track your progress, consider working with a certified tennis coach. A professional coach can provide invaluable guidance and personalized feedback to elevate your skills.
Tip 5: Focus on Consistency, Not Power
When starting, many adults tend to focus on hitting the ball hard, which can lead to errors. Instead, prioritize consistency by aiming to hit the ball over the net and on the sweet spot of your racquet. In doubles, focus on cross-court shots for better results and quicker responses to your opponent’s moves.
Tip 6: Establish a Routine
Make tennis a regular part of your weekly schedule. Set aside one or two days every week for playing tennis. By incorporating it into your routine, you’ll ensure consistent practice and a steady improvement in your game. Consistent practice also allows you to identify areas for improvement and work on them more effectively.
We hope these top six tips for getting started in tennis will be helpful as you embark on your tennis journey. Enjoy the game and remember to have fun while learning and improving your skills!
Get Started with Tennis
Our Adult Tennis Clinics are open to Mayfair Members. Visit our Adult Tennis Programs page to learn more. Our Kids Tennis Clinics are open to the public. Visit our Kids Tennis Programs page to learn more.
About the Author
Spencer Crosina has worked for Mayfair Clubs for the last 3 years. He is our Mayfair East Tennis Administrator, and he is a certified Tennis Professional. He enjoys a healthy, active lifestyle, which includes Tennis, Golf, and working out in the gym. He played rep hockey for over a decade as a kid, and he is hoping to pick it back up!