First skill/ shot a beginner should learn?

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  1. hipster

    hipster New User

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    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)?
     
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  2. liionel

    liionel Rookie

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

    JeffH1 New User

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    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!
     
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  4. Rickson

    Rickson G.O.A.T.

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    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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