Welcome to Tennis 4 Beginners
Whether you’re new to the game and picking up a tennis racket for the very first time, or have been playing the game for a while and looking for tips, you’ve come to the right place!
The goal of this site is to provide you with insights on everything from the basics to get you started, to tips and techniques to help improve your game and hopefully take you to the next level.
While starting out can be a be a bit confusing and even frustrating at times, the game just comes down to specific methods and techniques that if practiced regularly can help you develop into the player you want to be.
The Basics of Tennis
This site is structured in a way that allows beginners to gain an understanding of the basics of tennis, from the tennis court layout, how to keep score, how to grip a tennis racket correctly, and what equipment you need.
We will then break down the techniques of each stroke required in the game: the forehand and backhand, serve, service return, and volley among others. These are the fundamental building blocks of the game of tennis.
Beyond that, you’ll learn about some additional techniques used in the game such as how to lob a ball, how to hit a drop shot or an overhead smash shot, and how and when to use topspin or backspin on your shots.
In addition to building on the fundamental mechanics of the game, we’ll cover some of the strategies used in tennis such as ball placement, evaluating your opponent’s strengths and weaknesses, and the mental aspects of the game.
We’ll look at specific strategies for different aspects of the game such as the serve, the return, the volley, and when to approach the net. We’ll also explore how to use your bodyweight and the importance of footwork.
Additionally, we’ll discuss the advantages and disadvantages of playing the baseline vs attacking the net, playing with pace (aggressive power) vs playing as a no pace hitter (defensive) among other strategies.
Drills to Improve your Game
Part of developing as a player involves practicing on a regular basis. We’ll cover drills you can do either with another partner or by yourself to continue to improve your game.
There are a multitude of drills that can help you improve your consistency, develop your muscles, achieve good eye-to-ball coordination, or simply improve your overall conditioning.
Practice and Dedication
As you begin your journey, keep in mind that in addition to gaining helpful tips from your coach, private instructor, or from what you read in books or online, tennis is a game that requires persistent practice and dedication to develop as a player.
It’s important that you practice the techniques on a regular basis to get the most benefit. You need to effectively develop muscle memory so that each stroke becomes intuitive, and this can only happen through repetition.
Where to Start
If you are completely new to the game or just want to brush up a bit on your tennis knowledge, you should start with the article Tennis Rules: Guide to Scoring and Tennis Basics which provides a good general overview.
Another good resource to use as a starting point is the article 101 Tennis Terms You Need to Know which lists some of the most commonly used terms in the game. If you come across any terms on this website that are unfamiliar, this is a good resource to refer back to from time to time.
As you become more familiar with the general rules and other aspects of tennis, you can zero in on the many articles that cover specific strokes in more detail and provide tips on how to improve your game.
I sincerely hope you find the content on this site useful, and most importantly, ENJOY!