Tennis Partner Basics
Tennis partners can be players you train with or players who you team up with to play doubles matches with. There are a few important things tennis partners have to be in order for you to benefit from your practices. Your tennis partner should be someone who has an equal or better skill set. You want to be challenged and be able to learn from your partner. Before you commit to a practice schedule, find out what type of tennis experience you partner has, how long they've been playing, and what are their strengths and weaknesses.
They should also be pro-active, positive and punctual. A pro-active tennis partners is excited to set up a practice schedule and regularly motivates you to join him or her on the tennis court. Beware of the negative-nelly tennis partner. You want a tennis partner who is positive, supportive and encouraging. Costructive criticism is great, but constant judgement of your every move could hinder your progress and easily discourage you. Lastly, there is nothing so aggrevating as a partner who is always late. Be sure you and your partner set up clear start and finish times for your practices. Practice schedules should take into account both yours and your partner's lifestyle. If you are an early bird, you may want to find a partner who likes to practice before work or play. If you can only practice on sundays, let your partner know this ahead of time before they commit to training with you. It is fine to cancel a practice every once in awhile, but if you are both to improve, you want to be consistent in your training.
If you and your partner are extremely compatible on the tennis court, you can also try working out together. While you're at the gym, try this Upper Body Workout to help improve your arm and back strength.
Tennis Partner Drills
There are many skills that a tennis player has to perfect. Before you and your tennis partner begin a drill practice session, figure out what are your strengths and weaknesses. The drills you choose should help to remedy any weaknesses. A good practice session should include a warm up, a rally drill, a serving drill, a ground stroke drill and a footwork drill. Take 5 - 10 minutes to warm up your body by doing a light jog around the tennis courts with a stretch session at the end. Alternate drill positions with your tennis partner. Try first having one partner pass balls to the forehand then backhand side. The other player should try returning to center court after each hit to improve footwork. Additionally you can add a target. Also, the player can start at the service line then after 10 completed consecutive hits s/he moves to the mid-court and then to the baseline. Be sure that each player gets equal time with the drills. It is important for a player to observe how their tennis partners hits. If you are unable to get to the court one day, try playing "tennis golf" in which you serve to different targets like a tree or a gymnasium wall. This will help you to focus and improve your stroke. For more fun and effective drills go to www.expert-tennis-tips.com .
Stretches for Tennis Players
Stretching is over looked in most every sport; tennis is no exception. Tennis players should always do a warm up stretch before practices or games, and a cool down stretch at the end of both. Stretching is an important part of injury prevention. Common tennis injuries include tennis elbow, sprained ankles, torn knee ligaments and hamstring pulls. A proper tennis stretch session should include both static and dynamic stretches.
Static stretches are held for 10 seconds helping the muscles to lengthen and tighten. For a simple static shoulder stretch, stand close to a wall, extend your right arm along the wall at shoulder level, then turn to your left facing your upper body and head away from the right arm while the hand stays on the walll. Also try wrist flexor stretches and tricep stretches behind the head. Dynamic stretches use movement and momentum to activate the muscles and lengthen them while eliminating tension. A good dynamic stretch for tennis players would be arms circles both inward and outward. Tennis players should also try walking lunges as a dynamic stretch to activate the hamstrings and quadriceps. A good tennis warm up will include a combination of both static and dynamic stretches.
Finding a Tennis Coach
Training with the right tennis coach can make a world of difference in a player's game. Tennis coaches are unique in that they have to not only have mentoring and communication skills, but they also have to be good tennis players. Tennis coaching drills often involve volley practice between the player and coach. A good handle on tennis technique doesn't however demonstrate a coaches knowledge of the sport. Coaches must have extensive knowledge of tennis rules, drills, injury prevention and history.
Before you sign up for training, ask your coach their own tennis playing experience and their coaching experience. A great, and possibly more expensive, tennis coach will have at least 10 years experience in coaching alone. During your first couple training sessions, you should be able to ascertain your tennis coaches personality. A natural coach is able to motivate in a positive manner and deliver constructive criticism regularly. The drills a coach chooses should transition logically and should address your needs as a player. Your tennis coach should also be a good communicator and effectively explain strategies and techniques. Within the first 2 practices, your coach should be able to tell you what you need to work on improving and will give you tips for practicing. Your coach may also provide workouts for when you are off the court. Tennis practices shouldn't always be grueling. A great tennis coach is also good at keeping practices fun and inspiring.