Tennis is a great leisure activity that not only tests a person’s endurance, but also his or her hand-eye coordination. With these factors at play, it’s typical for a beginner to have an difficult adjustment period to the game. It is often when learning a new sport that bad habits can develop. Here are three mistakes that beginning tennis players should try to avoid.
The tendency for the beginner can be to run to the ball instead of to the bounce. The goal is to always stay behind the ball so that it can be hit slightly in front of the player. With that in mind, it’s important to not run toward the ball, but rather toward where the ball will be heading after the bounce. This will ensure proper swing timing and make the most of one’s shotmaking opportunities.
Beginners also tend to swing from the elbow and the wrist, which puts a heavy strain on these areas. A tennis shot should begin from the shoulders and the upper body. This will provide maximum power for the shot, and allow the elbow and wrist to be used in shaping the shot rather than trying to generate most of the force of the swing.
Keeping on the topic of the swing, some beginners are reluctant to use their arms for the backswing rather than the entire body. Some coaches will mistakenly tell players to move the arm behind them if they are having trouble with timing, but that’s an over-correction that disrupts power, timing, and rhythm. The body should turn and then thing swing through the ball, rather than the arm itself lagging behind.