since there is so much wisdom here..... I have an 8yo boy beginner... long term goal is to give him the gift of tennis, a game of a life time, a character builder, and a chick magnet... varsity tennis.... maybe college scholarship. he also plays soccer in the spring/fall, swim in the summer/winter. right now it's winter, so I have him doing ball bounce drills and hit against the living room wall for 15min/day... plan is to hit the court more when spring comes along. I have read Dave Smith's book, and I like the way of starting with the conti grip. any suggestions are welcome.