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Where to Start? From the Couch to the Tennis Court

Posted by Five Seasons Family Sports Club on 8/31/17 9:00 AM

Have you been thinking about taking up tennis? It's a good choice, as tennis is a sport that can be enjoyed by people of all ages and skill levels. Perhaps you feel a little uncertain about where to start, especially if you haven't been physically active in a good while. The good news is that tennis is a very beginner-friendly sport, and there are plenty of resources available to help you develop your skills. If you're ready to try your hand at this fun and addictive sport, below are some simple steps to help you transition from couch to tennis. 

1. Gear up. 

The first step you'll need to take is to obtain the equipment necessary to play the game. There's no need to go out and spend a fortune on all kinds of tennis-related gear right off the bat – just stick with the basics, which are a racket, shoes and gym clothes. That's it. When shopping for rackets, don't feel pressure to purchase a high-end model with natural gut strings and a popular tennis pro's name on it; the average racket from a sporting goods store or big box retailer will work just fine. As far as your outfit goes, any set of gym clothes will do, but you should choose shoes that are specifically designed for playing tennis. Running shoes are not advisable because they're not built to provide lateral support, which is a must-have on the tennis court. 

2. Take tennis lessons. 

One of the quickest and easiest ways to develop the fundamentals of your tennis game is to take lessons from a qualified instructor. Not only will you learn the basic rules, techniques and strategies necessary to play the game, but you can receive valuable feedback from your instructor to help you improve as a tennis player. Five Seasons Family Sports Club offers a variety of group and private tennis classes taught by experienced and credentialed instructors. For more information on how to sign up for our various tennis classes and clinics, visit this link

3. Practice with a ball machine. 

Practicing your strokes using a ball machine is one of the most practical ways to improve your forehand and backhand shots. The advantage of using a ball machine is its ability to feed you consistent balls, which can really help you develop rhythm with your shots and movements on the court. Some ball machines even allow you to adjust various factors such as speed, spin and direction to better simulate real playing conditions. You can inexpensively rent a ball machine by the hour or half-hour at Five Seasons, enabling you to sharpen your skills in a top-notch tennis facility. 

4. Hit around with a partner. 

If you have a friend who is interested in playing tennis, schedule some weekly court time for you to hit around and enjoy the game together. If you decide to take tennis classes, you might even be able to find your partner through that channel. Don't put any pressure on yourselves in terms of performance; just hit around and have fun. As you continue to develop your skills, you'll be able to sustain longer rallies over time. 

Tennis has often been called the "sport of a lifetime" because of its broad appeal, and it's a great way to stay in shape while having fun. Keep the above tips in mind to help you start your tennis journey off on the right foot. 

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