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When you are watching tennis players, it seems as if playing tennis is just a walk in the park. But when you give it a go yourself, you will be surprised as to how difficult this seemingly sports can be. But the good news is, there are plenty of ways on how you can learn to play tennis, even if you are just a newbie!
How to play tennis for beginners? Well, we are going to answer that in this article! Here are some of the things that you need to know.
1. Watch other people
Before you go out there and take a shot at tennis, the best thing that you should do is to watch the other players first. It is recommended that you watch some tennis games or some tutorial videos of professional tennis players. See how they move and how they react in any type of situation by doing that you can have a basic understanding of how the game is played.
Try to understand how the score is kept, where the players are positioned, what are the rules that you need to know and the violations that you need to avoid. In addition to that, you should also observe the stance of the players, how they handle the racket and how they move their hands when they are trying to hit the ball.
2. Know the grips
The very first thing that that you should learn is how to hold your racket properly. With the proper grip, you can achieve maximum control over the racket and you can exert maximum power with every hit. This may sound simple but you will be amazed as to how many players are still not able to get this right.
When it comes to playing tennis there are several types of grips that you must have an understanding of
- The Continental Grip
- The Eastern Forehand Grip
- The Semi-Western Forehand Grip
- The Western Forehand Grip
- The Double-Handed Forehand Grip
- The Eastern Backhand Grip
- The Semi-Western Backhand grip
- The Double-Handed Backhand Grip
As a beginner you must first learn the 3 basic grips that are easy to grasp those grips are.
The Continental Grip: Now the continental grip is perfect for doing overhead swings, volleys, and serves you can easily learn this grip by simply imagining as if the racket was an axe and you are slicing through the ball at a complete accuracy. This grip is commonly known as the Hammer or Axe grip.
The Eastern Forehand Grip: This grip is most suitable for forehand strokes. This Grip can easily be learned by holding the racket from right at the center tightly and as soon as the ball may approach you just try to hit it with the top edge of your racket which will create an impact of pushing it forward towards the edge sometimes also creating a top spin. It’s also known as the shake hand grip.
The Semi-Western Forehand Grip: This grip is quite similar to the eastern grip but in this case the racket is grasped a little higher than the middle. What this does is increases the power and force of the top spin causing the player to attach ferociously on the high balls. Although it does have some problems with the lower balls. But if you are a player that likes to display his power this is the perfect grip for you.
These 3 are the basic grips that a beginner should master before moving on to the next steps. Although the reason I didn’t get into details about other grips is because once you have learned these 3 the others are simply easy to get because if you were to learn how to adjust your power and hand moments while playing they can be achieved on their own.
3. Be Familiar with the Strokes
After the grips, the next thing that you should learn are strokes. Strokes are the terms used to refer the manner on how you hit the ball. There are three types of strokes-Forehand, Backhand and Volley.
Forehand stroke is done by using your dominant hand in swinging the racket across your body. On the other hand, the backhand is done by using your two hands in swinging the racket from the opposite side of the body. This is perfect for hitting a ball that is gravitating towards your non-dominant hand. Lastly, the volley is done by making a light swing which is done to hit the ball before it bounces on the ground. This is perfect for balls that are close to the net.
4. Learn how to serve
Serve is the stroke that you use to make the shot that starts the game. The goal of this stroke is to make sure that the ball will land on the other side of the net that is opposite you.
Now, we get to the best part. After familiarizing yourself with the various moves and positions that are used in tennis, it is now time for you to practice what you have learned.
We are not talking about practicing in front of the television or an instructional video. You are already past that. Now, you get to put into action all of the things that you have learned along the way.
You can head to the gym and challenge a few players. You can also try hiring a private instructor so he can be able to monitor your moves and make sure that you are practicing the right stance and performing your strokes right.
But if you are still not confident with your tennis skills and you wish to practice, you can play on your own with the use of a tennis ball machine.
Keep in mind that practice makes perfect, so it is a must that you invest great time and effort in practicing tennis.
There is no denying the fact that learning tennis can be difficult, especially if it is the first time that you will try to learn a sport. But with the right knowledge, enough time, and lots of dedication and practice, you can surely be able to master this sport.