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Ideal Physical Attributes For Learning Tennis

11 Jul

You should be Athletic

If you don’t play any sports on a regular basis you’ll find it harder to learn tennis let alone getting into the spirit for learning tennis. Tennis requires a bit of athleticism so going for a run or getting involved in other physical activities will help your tennis. Athletics, rugby, football or any other activity helps tremendously with your physical abilities. I play rugby & that keeps me fit for tennis & vice versa! Ruby plays Netball.

You should be Explosive

One of the primary skills in tennis is explosiveness. You can not a turtle or you’ll in no way get to those fuzzy yellow balls. My father developed a tennis training programme for us and that includes short sprints of 3-5 metres on the court area. This practises our speed to the ball & altering direction. If you can increase your explosiveness, it’ll without doubt help your game. The rugby & netball training helps significantly for us and my Netball mum has more than enough of assistance to give us.

You should have excellent balance

Balance is a indispensable skill for tennis. Good balance will help give you good form with your tennis techniques and will prevent you from plunging flat on your face. It is especially hard to get to the ball, let alone hitting it decently and to do this you need good balance. Being well balanced helps you to strike the ball right and that facet is paramount in tennis. I’m an passionate skate boarder and BMX rider, so I am doing Okay. Ruby does athletics.

You need good hand-eye coordination

I imagined Play Station Three would help me develop good eye-coordination, and to some extent, it probably makes a slight difference but you really must also have the physical element in tennis to develop your hand eye coordination. Keep your eye on the ball & work your body movements in with what your eyes can see. You’ll find that your tennis techniques will get better during your tennis practise drills over time. I think most people in sport do develop extremely good hand-eye coordination. I have seen some cricket team, using a gadget with lights on it that they have to turn the lights off as soon as possible. That’s too fancy for me!

You need good ball judgement

My friends are just smashers so I don’t get to experience many different types of ball deliveries. I have seen balls on TV that do weird things like land slowly then shoot off in another direction quickly. Spins, slices, fast, slow; my awareness of how tennis balls react is developing over time. I hope to have this sorted before I attend our local tennis club, I just have to convince my friends to stop slogging balls over the fence all the time and wasting my valuable training time.

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