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Tips for Novice Tennis Players

Tennis is a great way to get moving this summer. However, if you're new to the sport then you know first hand that not knowing how to play very well can make for a frustrating afternoon. Everyone has to start somewhere, so here are a few tips that will hopefully ease the frustration and help you stick with it.

  • Take lessons, even if you're not a first time player. Aside from learning a few tips and tricks, one of the best things about taking a lesson is that the coach can help you break the bad habits you may have picked up (bad grip, bad swing, etc) along the way.
  • Play "no out-of-bounds". This may seem crazy to tennis pros, but the game can get a little frustrating when a newbie hits the ball out-of-bounds every time she swings, which means the game never really gets going. So in the beginning, play with a "no out-of-bounds" rule to actually get some volley time in. Still not going smoothly? Then until you get the hang of it, think about allowing the ball to bounce more than once.
  • Practice makes good, not perfect. Tennis is one of those games where, unless you're André Agassi, you'll have good times and then you'll have times where you're embarrassed to be on the court. This is normal. It happens to everyone. Keep on practicing.
  • Get good equipment, but not the most pricey. All you really need to play tennis is a decent all around racket and some average tennis balls. Tennis gear can get quite expensive and there is no need to splurge before you've even decided if you like the sport. If you find that you love tennis, then you can splurge on the convenient bag, pink tennis balls and cute tennis dress.
  • Bring a lot of balls. If there is one thing I can tell you before heading to the court on your new tennis endeavors it is to bring a lot of balls along. Nothing is more frustrating than only having one or two balls that you have to retrieve every one or two minutes.


gigglesss gigglesss 10 years
i looove tennis =]..thanks for the tips
PrissyLilBadAss PrissyLilBadAss 10 years
I live at a tennis club and still have yet to make it to the courts! I really wanna take lessons, but that sounds kinda pricey. I'd love to play again though. I haven't played tennis since P.E. in 9th grade so... 13 years ago! Ouch!
SU3 SU3 10 years
The bf and I have recently taken up tennis and I absolutely agree about bringing more than just one or two balls! :D
JBlondie JBlondie 10 years
I LOVE tennis but I am still learning. My hubby has played for a while but he is the worst teacher so I am going to take a couple of private lessons. :) I cheated though and splurged on some pink balls before I got really good! They were just to cute! :)
Linda-McP Linda-McP 10 years
Great suggestion on the no out of bounds play. I LOVE tennis, but it can be frustrating game at times.
wiggle wiggle 10 years
The no out of bounds rule is really important for me and I also like to rally with double bounces OK too.
DesignRchic DesignRchic 10 years
I suck at tennis. I hit it like it's a baseball. And I use to play handball all the time, so I tend to hit the ball hard. My best friend constantly makes fun of me because she consistantly plays tennis and I look like a fool.
Di75 Di75 10 years
Tennis is so much fun once you get into it. If you're already athletically inclined, a few group lessons should do it. I'm 5 years in and it's a great lifetime sport that i'm so glad i picked up.
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