Choosing the correct Tennis racquet

There are many different types of racquets on the market and each one is built to be played with a certain way and also for a certain type of person.


You need to be aware of a few important facts before you decide to purchase a tennis racquet so that you are making a wise purchase.
Buying a tennis racquet can be a confusing exercise, mostly due to the large variety that are available on the market today.

This is even more difficult, when you cannot get advice from a personal coach or a more experienced player.

Here are a few guidelines that almost anyone can use to make a more informed purchase.
Here are a few tips on how to purchase a suitable and comfortable tennis racquet to suit an individual’s needs:
Seniors and females should focus on purchasing a racquet that can provide added power as this category of person usually has slower and less powerful contact swings.  Getting a racquet that is light weight and perhaps has a slightly oversized head is better than using one that is longer and head heavy.
The intermediate player who is a little more skilled at the game may require a little less power form the racquet, thus needing one that has enhanced manoeuvrability.  The ideal racquet here should have a midplus head and a more extended length. As for the more advanced to high level players, the racquets should ideally be heavier  and also have smaller and more balanced heads, thinner beams and better control.

The general rule of thumb is that the heavier the racquet, the more power and stability the racquet will be able to generate.

This also helps to lessen the transmission of shock when in contact with the ball. With the lighter version of the tennis racquet, it may be easier to swing and manoeuvre but may not give the player the added power to create any forceful play action.
The grip of the racquet should also be a grip that allows the player to be comfortable and in control of the general direction the ball flight takes. If the grips are not suitable, then these can be changed at the request of the player.
A good idea is to try many different types of racquets before you actually buy one.  There are many different types of racquets on the market and the best way to find the correct racquet for you that is to try it before you buy it and find one that is comfortable in your hands and fits your budgets.
Do not assume that the most expensive racquet will be the best.  While it may be true that the more expensive racquets will often times be better than the cheaper ones, you can still find tennis racquets at a reasonable price that will still be very beneficial for your tennis game.

How to win a Tie Break

In tennis the tie-breaker is one of the tests you must pass during a REALLY tight match.

It’s a measuring stick for who can handle the pressure the best, because it’s also the last chance to  win the set and the end of the line is approaching fast.

If you handle the pressure and win the tiebreak then you win the set, but if you can’t then all of the work you have put in during the set is more or less lost. Obviously, if you find yourself in a tiebreak situation then you are pretty closely matched with your opponent and it’s probably going to come down to just a few points that will really make the difference.


So how do you make sure you win those VERY important points?


Calm Down


It’s important that you recognize and take the necessary time to evaluate some things about your current state of mind. A checklist will you make sure you are properly prepared to begin the tiebreak in a good mental position and playing at your best.


Take 30-45 seconds before you engage in the tie-break with your opponent. If you’re serving first just let the balls sit at the back of the court as you turn away from your opponent and focus on your strings.


Straighten all of your strings as you think about your breathing. Are you calm? Tell yourself that you love to play tie breakers because of the challenge they provide, even if you don’t… you need to like playing them and seeing what the outcome will be, win or lose….Eliminate any thoughts of what happened during the set up to this point, it’s over.


You can’t control it and you need to try to forget about it and only focus on what your plan is for the tie break moving forward. It can be hard but it will make the difference in your results during tie-breaks.


Your opponent is also nervous and if they are impatient all the better for you. They will wonder what you’re doing and it will get them thinking of things that aren’t beneficial to the tie-break. Let them stew, you aren’t doing anything wrong !


Think tactics


The next thing you need to do after you have motivated yourself for the tie-break and you have calmed your breathing and mind is to decide how you want to play the tie-break.


You need to ask yourself what has been working for me during this set ? Am I breaking down their backhand consistently? Are they able to come up with a pass on the forehand when I approach the net? Where are my serves most effective?


Figure out what is working for you up to that point and then stick with it. If it’s been working so far it will probably continue to work with the pressure turned up. Don’t overthink: it will only make you nervous and cause you to make mistakes.


Make your opponent play and don’t give them easy points by taking unnecessary risks. Once you’ve worked this out in your mind during your break then get started with lots of energy.


Keep everything simple

Remember most of your opponents are going to rush into the tie-break without taking this time to gather themselves, and most of them will usually find themselves down quickly and wondering how they got behind so fast in the first place. That’s good for you.


By the time they start putting it together you should be cruising and ready to push through the final few points you need to finish off the set. Work on the tactics that you highlighted. Keep a clear mind and focus on the things that you want to work on. Whether it’s a first to 7 point tie breaker or the longer first to 10 pointer, you will need to change ends.


So when you do, take your time. Drink fluids, eat nutrients, towel yourself down and take your time. Think about what you’re doing and if you’re being successful, continue using the same tactics. However, if you’ve fallen behind, try not to panic. Consider using different tactics from now on. Sometimes, just a small change in plan can make a massive difference.


Try serving into your opponents body, try hitting the ball a bit softer and higher, or try slowing things down between points. Your opponent may become agitated as they were on top and now things have changed again. And if it starts to work, continue doing the same things as it’s started to work for you now.


Don’t get ahead of yourself and see the finish line before you get over it. Just keep calm and you will find that you will come out on top in the end !


Fitness training with Tennis

Share this article on PinterestWhen playing Tennis  it is important to incorporate fitness components into training.

 Tennis training is all about learning the right technique for the different ground strokes, the volleys and serves.

Tennis fitness is about improving your footwork, your cardio, speed, reaction time and core strength. In order to get the best results, you  need to do the tennis training and tennis fitness together.  A well planned tennis training program will help a player become more efficient and more proactive on the court.

Here are different components of tennis fitness training that are  helpful for tennis players of all levels. 

Agility Training:


Agility training provides the ability to rapidly change direction, without losing speed, balance, or body control. Agility training also helps a player  focus on his tennis footwork technique and strength to become  more efficient while carrying playing strokes on the court.


Strength Training:


 Strength training helps players to become more powerful and explosive on the court. A strong player  is able to hit the ball harder. Apart from increasing power it also improves the ball control. Proper stroke mechanics are easier to learn if the muscles and joints are strengthened.  Strength training helps protect against injuries.


Flexibility training:


 Flexibility is  the range of motion about a joint and its surrounding muscles during a passive movement. An accurate flexibility level enables the player to  reach balls in extreme positions as well as  preventing  injuries that could occur while playing.


Individualized tennis training fitness program, should incorporate all the  areas mentioned above.  At a high level at least 1/3 of the total practice time should be devoted to fitness training for tennis. A big mistakes made by tennis players is to stop training for fitness during tournaments.

It is  important to do a minimum in order to maintain the current fitness level. Following a correct tennis training fitness program is essential for players who want to excel at each level of the sport.



Tennis Games for Kids

Tennis teachers want to make sure that kids have a positive experience during tennis lessons.

 Sometimes it is hard to find new exciting and fun tennis drills. So to help you out here are some examples of great tennis drills that are engaging and entertaining.

Around the World

The Players divide into 2 even teams to side A and B. Each team forms a single line behind their baseline.

The instructor feeds the ball in to the first person in line on side B, who hits the ball over then runs around the court to the end of the line on side A.

The first person in each line hits one ball only and runs around the same way. Once a player misses, he is out of the game (he can pick up balls).

The last player standing is the winner. This is a great tennis drill for intermediate kids.

Fill the Court.


Players divide again into 2 even teams to side A and B. Each team forms a single line behind their baseline.

The instructor feeds the ball in from the net post, and the first players in each line play out the point against each other on the singles court.

The losing player goes out and to the end of the line. The winning player stays and brings in the next player in line to help him win the next point.

If they win again, they can bring in a third player and so on.


The team that can bring all its players into play wins the game. Any time a team loses a point, they go back to one player.


This is a great drill when one court has a lot of players.

Jabba the Hut.

Exactly 6 players are needed for this drill with 3 player teams on each side. One player in each team kneels down at the T on their side.


The other players are at the baseline. The instructor feeds the ball from the net post to one of the baseline players.


The two teams play out the point against each other for 1 point each. If during the rally any of the two kneeling players hit the ball over and in, their team immediately scores 3 points even if they lose the point eventually.

The first team to 21 points is the winner. This is also a very popular tennis game.

Tennis instructors have to make sure they keep their camps fresh with new fun tennis drills. If the kids are having fun, they will be back for the next camp.