Tennis is a great clean sport for people of all ages, from sporty types to those of us looking to get fit. The benefits of learning to play are plentiful, including boosting life expectancy, improving social skills, and developing teamwork abilities. Picking up a racket and heading to the courts may seem daunting for someone who has never played. We’ve put together all you need to know to get swinging.
Rackets are generally pretty cheap, especially beginners and kids’ ones you will find in general sports shops. Although these should be fine at this stage, it’s best to find one that fits your size and grip. If you are unsure, just ask someone in the shop for advice. Or, if you are serious about learning and planning on playing and putting in the required work, then investing in a higher-end racket may be the best option.
Probably the easiest and most efficient way to learn tennis for beginners is to take some lessons. The coach will be able to advise you on all aspects of your general playing and apparel required. A good coach will be able to analyse what you are doing right and wrong, and what adjustments are required to improve your game. Lessons can be expensive in some cases, so if you know a good player who has the patience to teach a beginner, then you can save yourself some cash.
When you watch the likes of Roger Federer at Wimbledon slipping and sliding side to side, you can be sure he has top quality tennis shoes on. This isn’t a fashion statement, ensuring your feet are protected is paramount. All the side to side movement can cause a fall or injury to the ankle, for example. Good tennis shoes will help prevent by enabling you to maintain your balance. The good news is though, tennis has one of the lowest injury rates, compared to other sports.
One of the downsides to tennis is needing someone to play with. This can be especially frustrating if you’re looking to improve by playing regularly but someone’s not available. The good news is there is a lot of people in the same position. So, get chatting to other players on the courts and arrange meetups or swap numbers. Find out if any local beginner clubs have weekly classes. Or join social media groups that have like minded players like yourself and arrange a game.
Play Against You
If all else fails and you’re unable to arrange a game with someone, don’t let this stop you. Get your racket out, find a wall, and play yourself. You can increase your response time, work on your swing, and build up a sweat and get fitter. There is also plenty of tutorials and tips on platforms like YouTube that you can utilise in order to improve your game.
No Excuses Not to Play
Tennis can be played year-round, if the weather is bad there will most likely be some indoor courts not far from where you live. If you are worried about the cost, don’t be. Although tennis is viewed as somewhat of an elitist sport, it does not need to be. You don’t have to break the bank in order to play and you can get swinging with very little investment. There will be many of the courts, particularly the outdoor ones that are free to use.
Reasons to Learn Tennis
As mentioned, tennis is a sport for all ages and a great way to get the full family involved. The intensity of whacking the ball back and forth is not only good for the entire body but also the brain. Studies have shown that tennis relieves stress, helps you solve problems, and even helps your alertness and overall brain power. These same studies have also shown that kids who play tennis generally get better results in school.
Playing doubles tennis especially helps communication skills, team working abilities, and releases endorphins. The ease of access to nearby courts and the lack of equipment required means tennis should be on the agenda for most people who want an active healthy lifestyle.