Tennis Club Courage

This may seem like an unusual topic for a blog, but I’m sure I have caught your attention with you wondering what it is all about. Tennis clubs and courage??

Ok, so this post is aimed at the beginner level tennis player who wants to join a tennis club in their local area, but they don’t think they’re good enough.  So, I would like to equip you with some basic skills that will really give you confidence in your tennis and give you the courage to go ahead and step into your local tennis club.


  1.  Step into the unknown and just go for it.

Remember you are not the only one feeling fearful about joining a tennis club, so just be upfront and say how you are feeling.  There will be many people ready to put you at ease. The good thing also is that tennis clubs have players of a wide variety of standards and you will generally be matched with players who are right for you.

  1.  Understand how to go through a hitting warm-up before playing a set of doubles.

Doubles is usually played a lot more than singles at your local tennis club due to court availability so it is a great idea to be clear on how you would normally warm-up in doubles.  This usually consists of 5-10 minutes hitting. When playing doubles, you will each warm up with the person opposite you and use half of the court, that way you are hitting more balls and will get warmed up quicker.

Start at the baseline and play there for a couple of minutes, then take it in turns to play a few volleys at the net and if the other person is able to, ask them to hit some lobs for you so you can practice smashing.  Finally, hit a few serves. For the serves you will warm-up with the person diagonally opposite you as this is the direction you will be serving when you start playing your set. Let your opponent serve their 2 or 3 balls and then serve them back when they are ready.

You are now set to start.  At this point you will spin your racket to see who will serve and receive first (or you can do this when you first step out onto the court).  You have the option of serving, receiving or choosing a particular side of the court. Most rackets have the logo of the racket brand you are using at the base of the grip.  You can spin it so that it lands up or down, so ask the person if they would like up or down. Alternatively, the pattern of stringing on your racket shoes the end of the string facing towards you (we call it rough) or the end of the string facing away from you (we call it smooth).  Note that this is just a small piece of the remaining bit of racket string.

  1.  Develop a slice backhand.

If there is one thing it would be worth having a lesson on with your local tennis coach, it would be using a slice backhand.  Too often, I see beginner and intermediate level players (and sometimes even advanced level players) trying to hit a flat backhand or topspin backhand with a forehand grip.  This puts a lot of strain on your wrist joint and also makes it really hard to control the ball. You will only get away with this if your wrist is very strong, but I still don’t recommend it!!!!

A slice backhand is also a really useful shot in doubles, as it stays low, making it harder for your opponents to play an attacking shot.

Such shots are not only in tennis. For example, golf also has such. Sometimes beginners use them accidentally. There are ways to avoid this. To do this use special best golf balls for reduce slice. In tennis there are special grips for your slice backhand.

The grip to use for your slice backhand is very similar to your forehand grip, but make sure your thumb and forefinger stay spread to help with control.  And yes beginners it does help control the ball, contrary to what you might try and tell me

The swing plane is from slightly high to low, and you are trying to make contact with the back of the ball.  The main thing is to hit the shot with conviction. Work a little on direction as well when you have the lesson.  It will really help your confidence knowing you can direct your shot to different parts of the court.

  1.  Understand how to score.

Definitely, make sure you know how to score.  If you are extremely confident with this, then you won’t be distracted or daunted by this formality and more time to focus on your actual game, and having fun!!!

  1.  Wear proper tennis shoes.

Please wear proper tennis shoes.  No running shoes, walking shoes, hiking shoes, thongs (oh my goodness), please just regular tennis shoes.

Tennis shoes are designed specifically to support your feet with a side to side movement as well as forward and backwards.  Running and walking shoes are not designed to support your feet for side to side movements. As you play with supportive tennis shoes, you will have confidence and courage that you are able to move in the way that you want to.

So, go ahead, have courage, do it, step into the tennis club you’ve been wanting to join.  You will feel so good for doing it.