Tennis is an incredibly easy sport to take up which requires minimal equipment and undeniably fun no matter how old you are and what level you are. If you are excited to get off the sidelines and on the court, we’ve gathered here all the basics to have you swinging like any professional players.
Getting started with the equipment checklist
Racquet – The essential that anyone needs, especially if you’re a beginner. It’s recommended that you choose a racquet with a wider head with which the less likely you are to miss the ball. However, if you’re looking for a challenge, buy a narrower head racquest which offers more power and accuracy.
Tennis Balls – There’s a wide selection of tennis balls to choose from bagged, boxed, to canned. Although be careful, not to choose a “dead” ball. To test the ball, you should hold the ball up as high as your head and then drop it. If the ball bounce reach your waistline, you are good to go.
Sneakers – Tennis requires players to run quickly and be able to stop suddenly which is why tennis shoes are specifically designed to be a little more flat and sturdy than the average running shoe. Thus, you should pick a pair of comfort. Also, if you are thinking of playing indoors, look for a shoe that has a no-marking sole.
Tennis clothing – You should definitely invest in a workout set including a pair of athletic shorts (or a tennis skirt) and a t-shirt for the most comfort during playtime.
Water bottle – Nothing is more important than to stay hydrated during the long match, so remember to bring your water bottle.
Getting started with basic technique
How to hold your new racquet
A right grip will come naturally as you become more comfortable with your racquet. But, at first you should kick-start your journey with the Eastern Grip as it’s extra-comfortable, versatile. Here’s how you get it:
Holding the racquet in the non-dominant hand then turn the racquet so its face – the oval-shaped part with the strings – is perpendicular with the ground.
Place the dominant hand’s palm on the face of the racquet and then move towards the body, down the neck of racquet, and stop when hitting the end of the handle.
Wrap all fingers around the handle and the crease of hand between the thumb and forefinger should form a V pointing towards the shoulder.
That should do it for now. Don’t forget to checkout our next week articles for more lesson about playing tennis.