Make Tennis Lessons More Fun with These 4 Ideas
One of the things that sets our adidas Tennis Camps apart from the rest of our competition is that while we focus on ways to improve a camper’s level of play before they head home, we realize that this is a game, and games are supposed to be fun! We’re proud to have locations all over the country, and our Connecticut Tennis Camps are a great example of how camp directors and coaches do their best to cultivate improvement in a fun and positive atmosphere.
After all, those goals are embedded into what we try to do on a yearly basis since they’re part of our five core values: excellence, fun, improvement, safety, and sportsmanship. Tennis is a unique sport because unlike some others, this is an experience that many players could continue to enjoy 10, 20, or even 30 years down the road.
They don’t call it the “sport of a lifetime” for no reason, you know!
When it comes to tennis lessons, there’s a high probability the experience may not always be fun, no matter how in love you are with the game. Here are four different ideas that can surely bring some fun into may be a grueling lesson.
It doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner tennis player or not, even the most advanced players need to keep their shot placement skills as sharp as possible. Set up a location of tennis balls at a certain spot on the court, setting them down in such a way that it forms a triangle with one on top. Once that’s complete, the player is ready to try and hit the target they just made off a feed with most kinds of shots, including groundstrokes, volleys, and serves.
As beginners start to get their feet underneath them with the game of tennis itself, this is a good idea to help show them how to hold a rally. If a coach is standing at the net, they can easily control the ball hit in their direction and hit it back to the player to keep a rally going.
Keeping it Short
The practice of slicing or chipping a tennis ball effectively takes a lot of work, so why not have a fun game attached to it as you hone the skill, right? Playing a short-court game where anything outside the service line is out is a great way to do this. The key here is to not put any topspin on the ball and focus on wide angles and short chips.
Simulating Being Under Pressure
There’s nothing that better prepares a tennis player for real-life matches than simulating game situations during practice. This idea forces a player to play from being since they’re automatically down 0-15 or 0-30. It’s tough from a mental perspective, but there will be times when you’re in that kind of hole during a game, so it’s a good idea to simulate the situation and practice different ways to emerge from it. Plus, it’s incredibly satisfying to come back and secure a victory – whether it’s during practice or a real match.