Many adults and juniors struggle with where to focus their time and energy when it comes to tennis. The biggest factors affecting their decision are time, budget, level of play, and tennis dreams or aspirations.
In terms of improving your game: (1) you can take a private tennis lesson, (2) you can partake in a group tennis clinic with a coach, (3) work on your strokes and shots by doing tennis drills with another individual, (4) play regular games of singles, and (5) play regular games of doubles.
Lessons are essential to have if you are still intrigued to learn the game or if you simply would like one on one attention from a professional. Personalized instruction with a USPTA pro is typically the most effective method for juniors and adults to learn technical as well as strategic aspects of the game. Depending on frequency, private training may also carry the highest cost.
Group clinics are a great way to practice with your peers and have a coach’s ear to set drills up and critique what each player is doing right and wrong. Group clinics can be tailored for players of every age and level and are ideal for players who need budget flexibility.
Playing matches with peers or through at clubs, parks or through local leagues is a great way for adults and young players to form bonds and develop their games in a competitive situation.
Here in Miami, it pays to compare public fees for court access at a local park to “member rates” offered by a private tennis facility. You may be surprised to learn that joining a club can be very cost-effective. Club membership can offer a friendly welcoming environment, regular games, high-quality clay and hard courts with night lighting, and top teaching professionals.
About the author: Eric Hechtman is Tennis Director at Royal Palm Tennis Club, located in Pinecrest, Florida, Miami-Dade County. As well as running the teaching programs at Royal Palm, Eric was named USTA Junior Competitive Coach of the Year 2013 and one of his students, Chase Perez Blanco, was named the Junior Player of the Year 2013.
Hechtman is a hitting partner for Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Venus Williams and Serena Williams. Eric enjoys teaching all levels but specializes in fitness, technique and strategy at the intermediate to advance level.