How to find good tennis instructor(s)?

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  1. rk_sports

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    I mean that in a general way...as a resource to find reliable ones for a given location!

    Just an example, if I want to tweak a specific stoke say Single Handed Backhand down-the-line, there is not much a point to go to a great instructor who plays Double Handed Backhand
     
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  2. Bagumbawalla

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    Well, first of all, no mater what personal style the instructor has, if he/she is good, then he or she should be adept at teaching what you need.

    Having said that, there are lots of people out there, and some are better than others in various ways- For example, if you want someone to rally with who can test you and force you to stretch your game, you would not choose the 80 year old fellow who knows his stuff, but...

    The best thing to do is ask around among the better players, at tennis/stringing shops, at clubs or parks, at tournaments-- talk to other players and explain your needs. Most likely you will get several good recommendations. Then you can make your own choice.

    Before making a final decision (because some lessons may be pricey) you may want to watch them in action with another student. You may want to have some questions prepared about their methods, philosophy, background, training/experience, level of play and so on.
     
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  3. rk_sports

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    Thanks Bagumbawalla!

    So, this is a trial and error process and requires some background word (=time)!!

    I so thought a major tennis body like USTA would link the instructors up..
     
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  4. Bagumbawalla

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    Well, there are sites like this-

    http://www.usptafindapro.com/

    http://tennislocator.com/

    But, what you get are simply lists of names that you must still contact and go through a process of finding what is right for you- and many good instructors may not even be in the lists.

    Also, if you go to Google and type in- tennis instructor-- you may get a list of names/numbers in your immediate area that you can check out.
     
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  5. SethIMcClaine

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    You could try to contact a local H.S. Tennis coach and see if they have any recommendations on Tennis pros
     
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  6. Shahar26

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    You can check out http://www.tennislessons.com, there are over 1,000 coaches and clubs listed in more than 400 cities world wide.

    Many of them have a pretty detailed post, or links to their own website, some of them have reviews and offer discount coupons.

    Good luck...
     
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