The Biggest Misconceptions about Tennis Lessons

Tennis is Coordination, Movement, and Decision-Making.  Tennis lessons should be structured in a way that give players the best experiences and opportunities to repeat those experiences until a new challenge is necessary to improve.  Unfortunately, many people believe that partaking in a one hour tennis lesson or a lesson here and there will actually make a difference in their game.  Thousands of tennis clubs are structured around this myth that individual tennis lessons make you better.  When actually playing a lot of tennis close to your level makes you better.  Playing a lot of tennis with a good coach can make you even better.   And playing a lot of tennis with a good coach in a competitive environment can make you still better.  Tennis lessons on how to hit a tennis ball are temporary solutions that only work in controlled environments and never work in open competition.  Tennis lessons need to include a complete system:  respecting the biological, psychological, and social needs of the player.  In order to be truly successful, they cannot be separated.  The individual tennis lesson most often than not disrespects all three of these needs in relation to how a tennis match is played and therefore will always contradict success in matches.   It’s true that a coach can work well in a tennis lesson and for highly experienced players, this is often necessary to further success.  But for children and novice players who haven’t even made a commitment to winning anything, it’s not effective and hardly necessary.  Tennis lessons structured in small groups or pairs makes much more sense in developing the complete player successfully.

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