Tennis has a history of country clubs and proper white attire, but that image is old and outdated. Today youíll find a lot of players at the local high school courts playing in t-shirts and sweats. And youíll see that some of them are pretty good.
Beginning tennis players, and those who have never played before, can get started in tennis really quick and very inexpensively. All you need are good sneakers (ones that you already have are fine), a tennis racquet (an old hand-me-down is perfect) and some balls (most tennis players will give away used balls for free).
If you donít have all of the items above to get started in tennis, check online (i.e. Craigslist or FreeCycle) or at the local schools. Tennis players are always upgrading their equipment and no longer have any need for the old stuff, some of which can be quite good. Better to help someone new to the game than let the old racquet gather dust in the garage.
Where to Play?
All decked out with tennis equipment and nowhere to play? No problem. Public courts are the best place to start, mostly because theyíre free and easy to find. Thereís really no reason to pay money for the country club in order to learn tennis. Yes, they offer private tennis lessons, but even that you can find at public courts.
Everything you need to know about tennis you can find at the high school or local park. Drop by some weekend, prime time is 8am to 11am, and learn from the locals. Youíll meet other players and beginners who donít belong to the country club either. Itís a great place to hang out. You can learn by just watching.
If youíre a tennis fan, youíve probably watched the pros play on TV. Hard to believe, but they all started out as beginners at one time (though most of them were only 4 or 5 years old). Learning to play tennis, and having fun doing it, does not mean you go out and try to play like the pros. It will be the most frustrating experience you can have.
Here are some great ways to get started in tennis.
- Find a Wall You can hit tennis balls all day long against the wall, and most often the wall wins, but itís a great way to learn about ball control, plus you donít need a partner to do it.
- Play Half Court The best time to go out on the tennis court is when you can control the ball against a wall or backboard, and once you get out there, a good way to start out is playing half court from the service line, just hitting the ball easy over the net.
- Fun Games Instead of worrying about keeping score (love, deuce, ad-in) or serving (kick, flat, spin) just hit the ball over the net and count a point for you when the other person misses, first to 21 wins.
No more excuses! You can go out and start learning tennis today. Just do it.