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How to Play Tennis: Mastering the basics for adult beginners

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Adult beginners craving real and rapid improvement for How to play tennis, this isn’t just another blog post. It’s your ticket to transforming from novice to intermediate player. Dive in here to learn strategies & shortcuts that will redefine your tennis game. Don’t just play tennis. Be the player you want to become because it’ possible regardless your age!

Including tennis into your lifestyle as an adult beginner is an exciting and opens plenty of healthy doors. But navigating the vast ocean of information is overwhelming. For that reason I’ll introduce beginner players to our online free coaching course for total beginner adults.

Sit with the course at your leisure and hear and see everything that a beginner should be learning in the game of tennis to actually start playing with a solid degree of confidence. Tennis isn’t easy but it’s also not as hard as most make it out to be.

This How to Play Tennis online course will walk you thorough how to stay injury free stretches before stepping out on-court – including post tennis warm down, all tennis strokes by progression, the importance of the ready position, the ball toss, the serve, basic strategies and how to keep score to get you understanding how to use the courts lay out or geometry to win points and feel like you’re in control out there.

Why tennis classes matter

why tennis classes matter for adult tennis players

Investing in tennis classes is your gateway to improvement. These classes not only facilitate hitting more tennis balls but also provide invaluable insights from certified coaches. The group setting not only eases intimidation but also makes it a more cost-effective option than private lessons. It’s the ideal platform to receive feedback, crucial for your progress.

Private tennis lesson: The fastest way to improve with the right tennis coach because all the attention is on you. Also the most expensive tennis class because it’s all you. Most times the court fee is included but you may want to confirm that as part of the final price for your private lesson.

Semi-private tennis lesson: A shared private lesson with one other person on court. Semi-privates are again a nice way to share the expense with someone at a playing level.

Group tennis classes: Also called adult tennis clinics in most countries. This is the best way to share the bulk expense with other players at a similar level. These lessons will typically run 2 – 3 times per week but you will get the least amount of attention to your personal game. But it is fun, less intimidating and you get a chance to meet other players who you may be able to play with outside of tennis classes for free at a local court in your country.

Court ratio: Always know the court ratio before taking tennis classes. If you’re taking group tennis classes or tennis clinics make sure there aren’t more than 4 other tennis players on court to 1 tennis coach. Your ideal court ratio for optimal learning and progress is small. Always small.

1:3 is one coach to 3 players where the coach gets to play in but you get more balls. If you get 1:4 one coach to 4 players that’s ok too. But no more than 1:4 because then you’re not hitting enough balls to improve.

Clubs will pack as many players on court as possible because they make more money but your game suffers. But not if you understand what a decent court ratio is for learning. We just want you in complete control of your game understanding where your best value sits.

Understanding court geometry

Before delving into strokes, understanding court geography is foundational. The court lines are not just markers; they dictate strategy. The baseline, service line, and net are not mere boundaries but essential elements shaping your game. The tips for mastering court geography extend to strategic shot selection and understanding high and low percentage shots.

Key Takeaways:

  • Unravel the intricacies of court lines for singles and doubles play.
  • Recognize the strategic importance of the baseline.
  • Embrace the tactical advantage of playing cross-court shots.

Scoring in tennis

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The scoring system in tennis can be perplexing for beginners even at the intermediate level, but breaking it down simplifies the process.

A game comprises four points (0, 15, 30, 40), and a set consists of six games.

To win a match, secure two out of three sets. This section demystifies terms like deuce, advantage, and explains the rules of tiebreakers. A handy cheat sheet aids in court positioning based on the score.

1. Points in a Game:

A tennis match is made up of points, games, and sets. In a game, the scoring goes 0, 15, 30, 40, and game. The first point won is 15, the second is 30, the third is 40, and the fourth point wins the game. If the players are tied at 40-40, it’s called “deuce.”

2. Deuce:

When the score reaches 40-40, it’s referred to as deuce. From deuce, a player must win two consecutive points to win the game. If the server wins the next point after deuce, it’s called “advantage in” or “ad-in.” If the receiver wins the next point after deuce, it’s called “advantage out” or “ad-out.”

3. Advantage:

When a player has the advantage (ad-in or ad-out), they only need to win the next point to secure the game. If the player with the advantage loses the next point, the score returns to deuce. This process can continue until one player wins two consecutive points from deuce.

4. Games in a Set:

A set consists of games, and the first player to win six games (with a margin of at least two games) wins the set. If the score reaches 5-5, the players continue playing until one player has a two-game advantage, winning the set at 7-5 or beyond.

5. Tiebreakers:

If the set score reaches 6-6, a tiebreaker is played. In a tiebreaker, players take turns serving two points at a time. The first player to reach seven points with at least a two-point lead wins the tiebreaker and the set. The tiebreaker score would typically look like 7-6 or 10-8.

Additional scoring tips:

  • Servers call out the score before each point, starting with their score.
  • Tiebreakers may be played at different point thresholds in various competitions (e.g., first to 10 points).

Top Beginner Serve Tips:

Your serve is a potent weapon, so mastering it requires attention to detail and patience. Begin learning how to play tennis with the continental grip and progress through coordinating the ball toss, mechanics & properly finish the stroke. Make sure to go slowly using the course to learn to serve using progressions to feel confident with this stroke.

Set up targets strategically to improve accuracy and versatility in your serves.

My biggest beginner tip for this tennis stroke is to learn it using the proper grip. Why? Because most coaches don’t enforce it and so therefore adults don’t believe its important.

The truth is that adults arriving for adult training with us on adult tennis camps & holidays struggle with their serve because they’re using the forehand grip which only allows you to serve a flat serve. That’s ok, but you’ll double fault a lot hitting into the net. Eventually that will get in your head and you’ll believe you have a bad and inconsistent serve.

When you use the wrong grip here you’ll be frustrated and stuck at the intermediate level. If you ever want to compete at your club or play adult league it will prove a problem for you.

So learn the continental grip at the beginning stage of how to play tennis for adult beginners.

Mastering the Beginner Forehand

mastering the adult beginner forehand tennis stroke

The forehand is the most frequently used shot in tennis, making its mastery crucial for success. This section details the optimal forehand grip (Eastern grip), emphasizes the importance of the contact point, and guides you on when to play it safe or go for a more aggressive shot.

Conquering the Two-Handed Backhand

While a one-handed backhand is aesthetically pleasing, beginners often find more control with a two-handed approach. This section explores the continental grip for a two-handed backhand, addresses its limitations, and emphasizes the importance of a smooth transition back to the forehand grip.

Dominating the Volley Game

Mastering volleys is essential for both singles and doubles play. This section explores the continental grip for volleys, instructs on the ideal contact point, and emphasizes the strategic depth required to keep opponents back behind the baseline.

The player who captures the net is there to finish points – meaning end it. Certainly not to pass the ball back to the opponent.

Overhead Smash for Beginners

The overhead smash, though initially intimidating, becomes more manageable with proper coaching. play to your comfort level, utilizing the continental grip, and aiming strategically to end points swiftly. Timing, having options, and knowing where to aim are crucial to hitting confident overheads.

The most important thing to remember when you’re learning how to play tennis is to time the overhead smash to your comfort level. That means hitting it out of the air & over your head up at net OR letting the ball bounce so you can have more time while still hitting it over your head off of a high bounce at the net.

Simplicity is the key for adult beginners. Focus on foundational skills such as rallying, scoring, positioning, and mastering basic tennis strokes.

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With love from Mallorca~

Rhonda

Rhonda

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