First skill/ shot a beginner should learn?

Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by hipster, Oct 3, 2005.

  1. hipster

    hipster New User

    Aug 9, 2005
    A few people here at school have asked me to work with them on starting to play tennis. I'm not that great myself, but I told them I could help out hitting around. What do you guys think is the first shot that they should learn? I think the first real shot that I figured out, other than "aim for between the lines on the other side of the net," was a slice. It's a good defensive shot, and I learned from there. Any other suggestions (and I'm sure there are)?
  2. liionel

    liionel Rookie

    Aug 15, 2005
    make sure they know the proper foot work and maybe a backhand/forehand.
  3. JeffH1

    JeffH1 New User

    Sep 26, 2005
    If they have no skills...

    just basic forehand / backhand drills. You can watch the balls fly all over the place for hours ;-) If they have basic hitting skills (they can hit with the racquet face square, and place it in a general area), then refine gripping the raquet/footwork/weight transfer. I would consider teaching simple serving before the slice. I kinda consider the slice an advanced move. To hit a slice with authority, takes good footwork and body mechanics, but the serve is a very basic of the game.
    You could simply buy a beginners tennis book and go through all the drills. Remember to make it FUN!
  4. Rickson

    Rickson G.O.A.T.

    Jun 16, 2004
    Feed them balls from the net with your hand and show them an eastern forehand. Teaching them slice right off the bat might turn them into pushers.

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