Zero to Winning: Getting Started with Tennis

Tennis can be hard at first.  But with focus you can go from Zero to Winning in 4 months.

The 4 months number will fluctuate based on how frequently you play and how much intensity you play with.

The first thing to learn is forehand and backhand.   Repetition will be key.  Step one:  Focus on making contact right in the middle of the strings.       Step two:  Follow Through.  Be sure the racquet hits the ball and swings through over the shoulder for a full follow through.  This will help with the development of topspin!

Backhand.  Two hands on the racquet.  Lay the racquet back and drive out to the ball catching the ball in front and then following through.

You need to fell comfortable on both sides, hitting the ball in front of the body (Don’t want to make contact too late).   Once you feel like you are able to hit the ball with the forehand and backhand, then you must learn how to hit the ball on the move.   It really isn’t much different, it just requires better timing.     You want to build that skill gradually by throwing the ball and further and further away and hitting the ball and then recovering back to the middle of the court.

Then you need to learn how to serve.  A good toss will be crucial.  Be sure the ball is on the fingertips (not the palm) because you don’t want the ball to roll.  Place the ball up for serving and then swing and try to catch the ball at its highest point.   If you are right-handed then you want to swing through and let your racquet fall down to your left hip pocket.

Consistency is key.   You will need to be able to make 4 or 5 serves in a row so you have some muscle memory.     Also, you need to be able to make 2 or 3 shots in a row with forehand and backhand.

If you can serve the ball in play and you can hit your groundstrokes then you are basically ready to get started!

As you continue to play you can keep on building your skills, like your volley and your transition game.  BUT there are many people who are playing tennis that have not developed the consistency and the “SolidNess” to be strong during a match.     Learn to turn yourself into a “wall” early on and that will create more success for you.

-DJ ROBO BISCUIT, November 12 2016

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