Avoid Tennis Confusion: Get a good coach
Recently I reviewed a book called “$20,000.00 in Tennis Lessons: Your Personal Coach”.
This book has so much darn stuff in it that you can’t possibly absorb it in years of playing tennis. The problem is that if you don’t have a professional coach that can help you choose techniques that are right for you, then you are going to be a confused tennis player after reading this book.
I’ve been having a little serve trouble recently so I referred to the book for some tips. This book gives you just about every way anyone has ever done any stroke.
There are 39 large pages (this book is the size of a coffee table book) on the serve alone.
Look what they had under the subsection “Racket and Ball Position to Begin Serve”
- Pointing to the left
- Pointing to the target
- Dangling hand low
- Racket held high
- Racket on edge
- Racket open
- Racket closed
I think I slammed the book shut and told myself I’d wait until my next serving coach lesson to try to figure this out and see what seemed to be best for me. I’m sure I could make any of them work with enough practice, but a professional coach who has seen hundreds of students with different body styles, strengths, heights, etc. should be able to recommend what’s right for me so that I’m not trying to force something that makes no sense for me and my level of athletic ability.