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6 Tips On Learning Tennis, From A Singapore Mum

Aug 2, 2008
I am in my early 40s, a mother of two and until I took up tennis a few months back, was not very much into sports. As for me, I found that like everything else, in order to learn something new, one has to do the following:

1) Once you've decided to take tennis up, go for it with passion and enthusiasm. I have no regrets taking the sport up, as now I can play with my who family, and look forward to tennis sessions with much enthusiasm.

2) Don't scrimp on getting a good coach. At least initially, you will need a good coach in order to pick up the sport correctly. Typically after 20 coaching lessons, you should be in a good position to continue your learning by practicing with other players. For a qualified Singapore tennis coach, look for someone with the correct experience. i.e. someone with a Singapore Sports Council (SSC) level 1 coaching certification at the very least.

3) Should find a group of players with whom you can play with socially. Nothing beats being able to practice. You may join a club or search around for a social tennis network. Some coaches also organize informal social tennis nights. Nowadays, I get the opportunity to play twice a week with a group of lady friends.

4) Observe the top players on television or at the courts, and learn from them. I enjoy watching my son's coach teaching him. I would take notes mentally, and try to replicate the strokes or outwit my opponent the next time I am on the court.

5) Take time to ensure you get a suitable racquet with the correct string tension. This is one of the most important aspects of enjoying your game, so you should take time to seek a coach's or tennis shop expert's advice. In my case I was fortunate to have my husband advise me. Do not just buy the most expensive racket, as an expensive racket does not always equate to a good one.

6) Finally, I find that the most important element to have in order to play well is: a relaxed and cheerful mental state of mind and attitude. It is a game after all, relax and have fun!!
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I hope the above pointers would help anyone who has the desire to pick up tennis. Should you wish to find out more about tennis coaching, equipment and playing, do visit my Singapore tennis information website containing further information on
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