As a former coach, I can tell you there are many bad and good tennis coaches. If you are interested in taking tennis lessons to improve your game, the wrong coach could be a waste of money, and time.
Tennis Lessons – Choosing the Right Coach
1. Watch first
Always watch a coach give a lesson first. Observe how the coach gives the lesson in terms of his/her preparation and stroke analysis. Many coaches don’t come prepared. A good coach comes prepared with a lesson plan and knows exactly what will fill the entire lesson in terms of drills. Stroke analysis is also important. A good coach will comment on the players strokes, many do not. When observing, see if the coach is picking up on tiny variations in the players strokes and commenting to the student on how to fix the stroke.
2. Good tennis lessons equals quick results
Once you commit to a private, or even a group lesson, you should see immediate results in at least some aspect of your game. Most of the time, instant fixes come from small variations in the students footwork. Footwork is the main root of most recreational tennis players problems on the court. If you are not seeing noticeable results even after the first lesson, consider trying another coach.
Do you communicate well with your coach? Many coaches are very nice but they may not be able to communicate what they are trying to say to you well. Everyone absorbs information differently. If you aren’t understanding exactly what your coach is trying to say to you, then you are paying for more than you are getting.
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Tennis lessons are taken by all sorts of players, even the top pros, but effective and consistent tennis lessons are what makes a good player great.