After a stressful and unusual year, it’s finally time for summer break! I know sleeping on the couch is a popular hobby, but consistent exercise is still important! With warm weather and plenty of time to relax, it’s a perfect moment to be active and start playing a new sport.
There are many options for what sport you could pick up, but tennis is one of the best options. It’s a sport you can play for your entire life, no matter your age, and a good way to socialize with others. Also, playing tennis lowers your risk for a heart disease or stroke, making you live longer. Finally, tennis helps increase your hand-eye coordination and reduces stress. These are just some of the reasons why tennis is such a great sport to play, and most of all, it’s fun! So how do you get started?
1. Getting Proper Equipment
To start playing tennis, you don’t need a lot of expensive equipment. The most important things you need are a tennis racquet and tennis balls. Any gym clothes will do. Normal gym shoes will be okay, but if you want to play tennis more seriously, then invest in good tennis shoes that provide better support for your feet.
2. Finding Someone to Play Tennis With
Whether you want to compete more seriously or just play with friends, tennis is played with another person. If you want to participate in tournaments, then search for a local tennis club and start taking classes. You can take group classes or individual classes, whichever works best for you! In individual classes, you will get more personalized instruction, but they will cost more. On the other hand, group classes are cheaper and offer you a chance to make new friends.
Classes aren’t a requirement to play tennis! You can call a friend and ask to play with them at a local tennis court. Parks and high schools usually have tennis courts, and if they’re outside, you usually don’t need a fee to play there. Bring a friend, your racquet, some tennis balls, and you’re good to go!
3. Learn the Rules
If you want to play a tennis match, you’ll need to learn what the rules are! Learn how to keep score, what balls are considered out, how to play a tiebreak, and other rules. Just looking up the rules of tennis can be overwhelming, so you should watch professional tennis to better understand the rules. At the same time, you can also observe how the pros play to improve your own shots. Now is a perfect time, since Wimbledon, one of the grand slams, is currently happening!
Practicing is the most important step of all. You can’t unlock the health benefits of tennis unless you do it often! Even without a partner, you can still practice tennis. Simply bring your tennis balls and racquet, go to a local tennis court, and start serving. Although it’s repetitive, your serve will improve quickly! Another solution is to rent a ball machine from your local tennis club. The ball machine will feed you tennis balls, and you can practice your groundstrokes or volleys. Using a ball machine is a great way to develop your rhythm and your strokes will become more consistent.
I hope these tips help you as you learn to play tennis. It’s an extremely fun sport, one that can be played at any age, with people of any skill level! Don’t put too much pressure on yourself; the point of tennis is to stay active and have fun. So what are you waiting for? Find a friend, a tennis racquet, some tennis balls, and start playing tennis today!