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Why Should You Take Lessons From More Than One Professional?

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  • It might make you appreciate your present pro more.

  • It may force you to a new level and out of a rut.

  • Each pro might have expertise in one area more than another. For example, one pro may accentuate ground strokes where another has expertise in the teaching of the serve.

  • No one pro, generally, will be strong in every element of the game.

  • Many students are so loyal to their tennis pro that they feel disloyal taking from another pro. If this is happening to you, it is not your fault. In general, every teacher wants what is best for the student. A teacher not understanding this is selfish or has little self confidence.

  • You may learn something that you would have never learned before expanding you horizons.

  • Every pro has his own style. You may find one that works better for you. One pro might be better verbally and another might be better visually.

  • Remember, you did not have only one teacher while you were in school.

  • Sometimes I have a student that I think is in a rut. After trying everything that I can think of, I suggest that he/she try another pro. This takes pressure off the student.

  • It may be fun.

    Good luck on the courts!

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    John Mills currently teaches tennis at the University of Houston, Clear Lake campus. John Mills' experience includes four years as head pro at the Windemere Racquet & Swim Club, where he was responsible for organization of all tennis activities at the club. John also played college tennis at the University of Houston and has spent 20 years teaching tennis at the Memorial Park Tennis Center, the Pasadena Racquet Club, and as the head pro at the Bay Area Racquet Club.


     

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