If you are looking for a new hobby or sport to pick up, I recommend playing the game of tennis. It is a great way to stay active and have fun at the same time. Here are a few tips for getting started.
As a beginner, you may not know what tennis racket is the best fit for you. You don’t have to buy the most expensive racket. The most expensive racket won’t make you play like a pro your first try. You can find inexpensive rackets that match your body and grip size. If you aren’t sure where to start, ask a sales assistant for help and they can point you in the right direction. Once you find a good fit for you, you don’t want to have to buy another one. If a string breaks, you do not have to start looking for a new one, it may be worth having the racket re-strung.
A common saying is practice makes perfect but if you don’t have your heart behind it, you won’t see improvement in your game. Working hard during practice will start increasing your skills. It takes time to become good at something new. Pros who have been trained by some of the best coaches have taken years to solidify their skills. If you are playing great one week and poorly the next, don’t get discouraged. It takes time for your skills to eventually sort itself out.
If you are looking for further ways to improve, look into taking tennis lessons. Even though practicing on your own is great, you could pick up bad habits. It gives you the opportunity to practice with others at their similar skill level.
Just like any other sport before starting the game you should warm-up. Start with stretching and a light jog to loosen up your muscles. Stretch your legs, arms, shoulders, and back to prevent injuries during the game. After finishing the game, it is recommended to stretch again. This can prevent your muscles from cramping and soreness you may feel afterward. Eating a banana and drinking plenty of fluids before, during, and after can also help your fuel your muscles.
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