I grew up being very athletic. From a dancer at the age of 5 onto playing basketball and softball in high school. I followed in the footsteps of my mother being a sports fanatic. When other moms watch soap opera's and sitcoms. My mother insisted on watching professional basketball and football. Since I was forced to watched I learned every aspect of both games which definitely comes in handy being married. I grew up on sports and loved several. Fast forward to the age of 40 and one of my dear friends kept trying to convince me to start to play tennis. What? Are you serious? I'm not trying to learn how to play a sport at the age of 40! After much persistence I decided to give it a shot. I practiced with a coach for a year and decided to join her team (which was way out of my league). I remember being so frustrated loosing every week I decided to play in every flex league I could think of until I got better. Needless to say, 2 city championships and 1 city final later, I must say I am in love with this game!!! It's fun and super social. I have so many tennis sisters now that I feel I can't live without. It's also somewhat additive so I had to find a balance but all in all it's one of the best decisions I made in my life! So if you are looking for something to do to alleviate some stress and get some extra exercise give tennis a shot! I would love to hear some of your "how I got started" tennis stories. Leave them in the comments below!!!
3 Tips On Getting Started In Tennis
1. Find a hitting partner - It's probably best to get someone who knows the game. I used my friend who got me into the game. It's good to start off slow with someone who is patient and understands you are a beginner.
2. Hire a coach - Once you start getting a hang of hitting and good with your hand eye coordination, it helps to hire a coach to get you a little more acclimated with the game of tennis and strengthen your strokes. To coach with a group of friends is lots of fun more so than a private coach which is also an option.
3. Join a flex league - Once you start building confidence in your game take a shot in joining a flex league. Find a partner who's also a beginner and get out on the courts. It will feel a little scary at first but the only way to get better at this game is to play. You may loose some matches (or like me all of your matches), but before you know it you will be well on your way to winning bag tags. Just keep telling yourself you are getting better. Don't get discouraged or give up. You will get there.
See you on the courts!