Tennis – Tips

Tennis is not only good for your health, but it’s also one of the most enjoyable and popular sports out there. It is estimated that over a billion people worldwide either play or watch tennis regularly. Many even say that a game can ease stress and reduce pent up anger.

Whether it be joining a club, having the right attire, or buying the latest gadgets, many things can help improve your game. Have a look at some of our tips below:

What should you wear

Whilst not essential, getting the right clothing and footwear will not only make you look the part but could enhance your performance on the court.

It is advisable to wear a hat, headband or visor, particularly when playing in brighter conditions. This is primarily to keep the sun out of your eyes, but can also help to reduce sweat. Wearing a fairly loose-fitting cotton-blend T-shirt or vest will allow a good range of movement and help to keep you cool on the court. Tennis shorts or skirts are also designed to be lightweight and unrestrictive.

It’s unlikely you will play a very good game if you are slipping and sliding around the court, so wearing the right shoes is important. Whilst you don’t have to get specific tennis shoes (although it would be advantageous), comfort and grip are something to consider. If you want to improve your game, you may want to look at a shoe that provides good all-round movement and support. Consideration should also be given as to whether you are playing on clay or grass. A local sports store will be able to guide you through the many shoes on offer and what is most suited to your foot type. Prices vary, but you can pick up a decent pair of tennis shoes within a range of budgets. Tennis socks will make your feet feel much more comfortable as they provide far more cushioning than a pair of normal sock will.

Gone are the days of basic white attire and minimal choices. You can now not only be comfortable in your tennis wear but look fashionable at the same time.

Practice, practice, practice

In theory, the more you play, the better you should become, but it’s not a sport that can be played alone. If you are desperate for a game, but your tennis friends are all busy, it can be frustrating. The good news is it doesn’t have to be! Investing in a tennis ball machine means that you never have to worry about your tennis partner being busy again. It’s not only a great gadget to help you practice, it means you can play night or day and as often as you want. Prices vary depending on functionality, features, and brand. Given the array of different machines available at entry, mid-level, and high range, you should be able to find one to suit your ability and needs.

The tools of the trade

Having the right tennis racquet can make a world of difference. There are so many on the market; it can be quite daunting knowing which to choose. There are several things you need to consider, including head size, length, weight, grip, and balance, to name but a few. What's right for you will differ depending on various factors, so visiting a specialist store is highly recommended. They will ask several questions, let you try some out, and help to find the right racquet for you.

Hire a personal coach

A great way to perfect your technique is to hire a tennis coach. They can help any ability level and will focus on helping you improve. Whether it be altering your swing, changing your stance, or giving tips on stamina and endurance, one on one coaching sessions is well worth the money.

Join a local club

Joining a local tennis club is not only a great way to meet people with love for the game, but it's a great way to socialize. Clubs have members of all ages and abilities. It will give you the chance to enhance your performance and take part in both friendly and competitive matches locally and further afield.

Watching and learning

Watching different players at differing levels can offer a wealth of knowledge. Whether it be visiting your local club to see a match or tuning into Wimbledon or the US Open, watching the professionals in action can not only be entertaining but extremely educational.