Tennis is a great sport for players of all ages but it can be a difficult game to pick up. If you are looking to start enjoying the game of tennis, keep these tennis tips for beginners in mind.
Focus on Depth
One of the most important things for a beginner to learn is the proper amount of power to put in to a shot to make it land where you want it to. Where a ball lands and how high it bounces dictates where your opponent will be able play his return most effectively. In general, and especially during long rallies, you should aim to hit the ball deep so that your opponent must play it near his baseline. This will prevent him from being able to approach the net and go of the offensive, giving you a chance to exploit any weaknesses you can find in his game.
A tennis court may not seem like it is very large but when the ball is being hit towards you at speed you will need to be able to cover a lot of ground quickly. Good footwork is essential to getting to the ball in time as well as conserving energy. Most importantly good footwork will give you great options when it comes to choosing how to hit your next shot and help you get more power behind those shots.
Practice shuffling and sidesteps. Ideally, you should position yourself during games so that you do not need to run unless your opponent’s shot is very far away from you. You can train your footwork by adding footwork drills such as zig-zags to your warm up and training routines.
Invest in Proper Shoes
Speaking of feet, you’ll be spending a lot of time on yours while playing, so investing in a proper pair of tennis shoes is important for players are picking up the game. Not only will they keep your feet comfortable and give you better traction on the court, but many courts forbid wearing sneakers and shoes from black soles.
Start with the Forehand, but don’t Neglect the Backhand
Hitting the ball forehand is more natural because it makes use of your dominant hand but one common mistake that beginners make is trying to force every shot to be a forehand. Sometimes a strong, or at least accurate backhand, is preferable to hitting a forehand because it will leave you in a better position for the next shot. Make sure to use both hands when you hit the back hand and follow through to get maximum power on the shots.
While cliché, if you want to get better at the game you need to keep practicing on a regular basis. Set a schedule and stick to it. Even if you only play once a week, by keeping at it you are sure to increase your skills.
If you are picking up a racquet for the first time, make sure to keep these tennis tips for beginners in mind.