April 19, 2018

So you’re thinking of …Taking Up Tennis?

Similar to a lot of different sports and activities out there, tennis likes to claim that it’s a sport for a lifetime. But is this really true? Yes, according to scientists there is no doubt tennis is one of the best sports for you to play and can be played well into old age.
Tennis is a one sport that has multiple benefits while helping keeping you fit, active and while always improving your hand-eye coordination, and having fun at the same time. It’s never too late to pick-up a racket, hit the courts and learn the basics while having fun.

While finding equipment, court time and a partner might seem like a lot of effort to coordinate, but most beginners once they get started find tennis surprisingly enjoyable.

So for the beginners, here are 5 things to consider when starting up playing tennis:

1) Gear

When starting tennis you need the basics; A racket, gym clothes and proper footwear. Any gym clothes for tennis will do – whatever suits you, but a good pair of tennis shoes is a must. The best shoe for tennis is – a tennis shoe. They offer the lateral support that you need on the court. You can also wear a cross-trainer or a low-top basketball sneaker with non-marking sole. Shop here.

2) Find the right lesson for you

When it comes to figuring out the basics of the game, beginners have different options. Tennis Lessons are the most cost-effective and social way to start tennis.  Instructor’s rates can vary so shop around–a younger teacher may teach for half the price of an experienced pro. A great alternative to the solo lesson is what they call a two-person private lesson, which offers a similar coaching experience at a much lower price.

3) Use a ball machine to improve

Most tennis centres will have a ball machine that can be rented out for as long as necessary for a reasonable price. But if you know the basics of the forehand and backhand from earlier days or from your lesson, then the ball machine can be a great workout and fun way to get back into the game. A backboard is great for some warm-ups and light activity, but not much for improvement

4) Have fun with a partner

If you go, hopefully you’ve found a fun partner or have a friend interested in tennis, try to set up a weekly court time together. Even if you are just beginners you can have some fun.

5) Join a club or become a regular

As we mentioned, tennis is a social sport. If you find some courts or a club near your house that you like, spend some time getting to know the people there. That will lead to more playing partners.


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