Proper Equipment

Equip Yourself with the proper equipment if you have decided to take up tennis.  Whether you’re playing recreationally or seriously, you’ll need to obtain a tennis racquet. So, first thing first. In order for you to become a really good tennis player, you must have the equipment. It is like a knight marching off to a battle with the best weapons.

The basic tennis equipment you’ll need is a tennis racquet, balls, shoes, socks, ball cap, hat or visor, sunglasses, towels and a tennis bag.

450 Tennis Drills & Games

If you are a new or seasoned tennis coach here is access to more than 400 tennis drills and games, you will be able to add more variety and fun to your tennis lessons and classes.

For the new coach who may have taken over a JV or Varsity tennis team you will enjoy over 450 Quality Tennis Drills For 2-4 Players, Large Groups, Footwork And Fitness Drills, Tennis Lesson Plans And Many More.   We know how difficult it is to come up with your own drills and lesson plans.   Here, the guesswork is taken out of scratching your head and losing sleep over what drills to do with your players.   This is well worth the investment if you are serious about your tennis.

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Tennis Shots: The Backhand

From listening to tennis commentators, it would be easy to come to the conclusion that a backhand was something that any tennis player compares to a particularly troubling visit to the dentist – if it can be avoided, you should, because the result of going there will be painful and potentially embarrassing.

There is no doubt that a good backhand is trickier to play, and therefore rarer in the competitive game, than a forehand. For this reason, professional players will aim to hit to their opponent’s backhand in the hope of forcing a mistake. Because it is an “unnatural” shot – played across rather than with the player’s body, mistakes are more common with it – but a good backhand is worth developing, because it can be devastating.

As players instinctively aim for their opponents’ backhands, having a good shot with that stroke is liable to win you a lot of points. The Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka, a top twenty player with a moderate record in the game, is believed by no less an authority than John McEnroe to have the best backhand he has ever seen – but unfortunately for Wawrinka, this has resulted in players hitting to his less gifted forehand.

Wawrinka’s compatriot Roger Federer is one of very few top players to hit the backhand single-handed, allowing him greater reach and ability to hit on the run. This has made him dangerous from anywhere on the court, a major element in his success in the game.

Tennis Shots: The Volley

If you want to make a real success of your grass court game, you are going to have to come to the net at times or risk being beaten by someone with greater killer instinct. The approach to the net is all important in grass court tennis – and to a lesser extent on other services – because if you can hit a good volley, you will win a lot of free points if you get to the net.

A volley is any shot that is played before the ball bounces on your side of the net. Serve-volley tennis, a major component in most successful grass court games, entails hitting your serve and then approaching the net to volley away any return. It is particularly deadly on grass because any well-judged volley will bounce so low as to be impossible for the opponent to reach.

Many people feel that a volley is only as good as the player’s approach to the net to make it. If you can volley well, but come to the net at the wrong time – because for example your opponent hits returns well and has the measure of your serve – then you will be passed by your opponent. If on the other hand you judge the approach right, you will have easier volley opportunities.

Among the best volleyers in the history of the men’s game, John McEnroe was considered to have the best pure volley while Sweden’s Stefan Edberg was believed to have the best combination of approach and volley.   Read more…

Unique Fill and Drill Tennis Trainer


 
Practice has never been easier. The Unique Fill & Drill tennis trainer includes a solid base that stays in place when filled with water. The elastic cord winds around the base, and the ball locks into the base pocket. The trainer is a great teaching tool for beginners and intermediate tennis players.

Introducing Your Child to Tennis

“This book is THE perfect introduction and primer for parents whose kids like tennis and want to learn how to play the game correctly.”—Tennis Magazine—United States Tennis Association

“This is a comprehensive, easy-to-follow guide for getting your child started playing the game.”—Bill Colson, Senior Editor Sports Illustrated  

In this lively guide, Pierce Kelley shows you how to successfully introduce your child to the game of tennis. This book offers you:    

  • Technique-building drills and exercises
  • Step-by-step instructions on how to practice with your child
  • Illustrations that show you correct stances and strokes
  • A glossary of tennis terms, to help you speak the language
  • When and how to choose a tennis pro, and more

 

Beginner Tournament Tips – Mental Composure

So you’ve been taking lessons and you’re ready to try your hand at tournaments.   Great !!   Whether you’re a junior player or an adult tournaments are a wonderful experience.

For junior players there is no better way to teach a child about fair play, being honest and having integrity.   As a junior player you must learn from a young age how to hold your composure.   If you don’t learn this early on and you have an uncontrollable temper on the court, you will not be a successful player and competitor.   You can still play tournaments, but tennis can be an extremely mental game and if you are not focused, then your doomed right from the start.

If you’ve been taking lessons, hopefully your coach has been working on your “mental game“.     If he or she hasn’t, then go to your next lesson and ask your coach how you can begin to work on your mental game.   Once you’ve learned composure and you do not frustrate easily, then we can take it to the next step.   Read more…

Tennis and Children

Parents are always looking for a good sport for their child and more and more parents are starting to turn to tennis as the perfect sport for their child.   The benefits of tennis go far beyond simply learning good sportsmanship skills, it also goes deep into learning good skills in terms of eye coordination and even hand eye coordination just to mention a few.   Deciding if tennis is the right sport for your child is sometimes easy and at other times a bit more complicated, but you should always take a cue from your child as you make the final decision.

The first step should be deciding if your child enjoys playing with large groups of people such as with football or soccer or if they prefer to play solo sports.   While tennis is  more of a solo sport while he/she is  competing against one opponent if playing singles or playing with a partner against two opponents,  rather than an entire field like many team sports involves.  

Your child should be relatively coordinated.   Tennis is said to be the most difficult sport due to the fact that you must hit a moving ball with your racquet.   Unlike, golf where the ball is stationary when you make contact with it.       Many children enjoy the challenge of being able to hit the moving ball while running on the tennis court.   Some  take this as the perfect time to get started really improving their skills and technique in order to protect themselves from the ball.      

You should also look at the benefits that tennis can provide.   It is a great form of exercise that allows your child to move around the tennis court a very great deal thus providing them with plenty of exercise.   At the same time, it is also possible to practice improved hand eye coordination, teamwork skills and even learn how to make quick decisions as a split second.   A child who has issues making a decision is generally not cut out for tennis, however a child that is able to just jump in and make a fast decision will generally do very well at tennis.

Another   benefit of tennis is  the ability to have your child  practice on  their own.   While many sports need a  partner to interact with  or  numerous  other people in order to actually practice,  you can practice your tennis strokes  by hitting on a solid wall.    A tennis ball and racquet can allow your child to easily practice almost anywhere, even at your home.   This allows your child to have the time to practice that they need which can be a huge help if you are looking for the best sport possible that will not potentially damage your property.

For parents who are looking for a competition sport,  tennis makes a wonderful choice, you can choose just how many or how few competitions you are comfortable with your child participating in and ultimately they can even play in the Olympics or as a professional if they are skilled enough when they get older.   This can allow you to consider that tennis is a great sport because it has a serious future ahead that is very much possible for virtually anyone to learn.   Read More…

Understanding The Tennis Basics: The Masters 1000 Events

December 11, 2010 by  
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While the four ‘Major’ Grand Slam tournaments punctuate the tennis calendar as the most prestigious tournaments, the vast majority of a professional players’ schedule is taken up by slightly lesser-known tournaments: the Masters 1000 events.  

Men and women both player Masters events, though not always at the same venue at the same tournament (for example, the men play the Rome Masters around March, while the women play in May). To win a Masters event is to earn 1,000 points towards the world ranking of a player, almost immediately guaranteeing them a top-10 ranking within the game.  

There are 11 Masters events per year for both men and women, all worth 1,000 points. Attendance is compulsory at these events for any professional, though it is possible to miss up to three of the Masters if you satisfy certain conditions such as longevity in the game or player age. Masters tournaments are played on two of the major professional surfaces, with long stints in Northern America known as the hard court season and a European stint in the spring referred to as the clay court season.

Bizarrely, there is no Masters 1000 event played on grass despite it being home to perhaps the most recognisable tennis tournament. Along with the Grand Slam Wimbledon, there are other tournaments played on grass in the tennis calendar but none that qualify as a Masters 1000. Most of the Masters events are played on hard court, with just the Rome Masters, Monte Carlo Masters and Madrid Masters played on clay.