Every tennis player no matter what the age or level can improve through
practice. But what is the best way to practice? Of course your lessons and
clinics help accelerate your game, but the practice between the lessons and
clinics can really give your game a boost! What is the shot that starts
every point? The serve. And it's the one shot you don't need a partner to
practice. You can always grab a bucket of balls and hit serves.
Match play also
is highly recommended between lessons. Match play helps you practice what
you learned in a lesson. Failure to play can turn you into a "professional
lesson taker." Speed, quickness, consistency and agility can all be
practiced on your own. From sets to drills to sprints, it's all part of the
tournament player's regime. During summer, the top players in the state
will practice 8-12 hours per week. Try to set a goal each week to put in
that extra work between lessons. That extra practice will make every level
improve at a faster rate. Remember that as far as results go, "You will only
get out what you put in."