Is this useful trainig?

Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by Inken, May 9, 2012.

  1. Inken

    Inken New User

    Jan 26, 2011
    I would like to ask pros, what they think about our club tennis training lessons.
    We are a team of 7 women (age 30 - 50) and having "training lessons" once a week, one hour. Our new pro is very nice and she is making a lot of effort, and she is doing a lot of further training to improve herself regularly.

    But I'll give you three examples what the training is:
    1. Say, we are practicing on forehand: we are all standing in a row, the first runs forward, hits one forehand, runs to the side of the court, does some exercises there (like sidesteps, jumping, etc.), runs back to the end of the row, and when your go comes again, you'll have one forehand stroke again, run away….. and so on….
    2. Service: you have to make two serves, have to run around the whole court, have another two serves, run around the whole court … and so on…
    3. Practicing match situations: 3 against 4, you stand in a row, you have only one stroke, run away sideward, back to the row, have another one stroke… and so on….

    What do you think about a training like this? It this 'normal tennis training'? After one hour training lesson I normally feel like after a good workout in the gym, but I never have the feeling, I actually learn about 'tennis'. You never come into a rally, because you always have only one stroke. Personally I don't find it useful in any way, and I cannot not improve my technique. The pro is correcting a lot though, but when my turn is finally again, I have forgotten most of it.
    Maybe I expect too much, but I had another pro before, who did a fantastic training in a group of four, which was completely different. My team mates, though, like the training, they say, it is funny.

    I would like to hear other opinions. And what could be improved? Better, more useful exercises for groups for example.
    Thanks a lot.
  2. connico

    connico Rookie

    May 7, 2012
    Group tennis training is never about learning. If you've got the basics down, "training" like this is unlikely to be productive unless properly structured. The lesson plan seems light on tennis, more running around.

    I would suggest making smaller groups.
  3. GuyClinch

    GuyClinch Legend

    Aug 12, 2004
    It doesn't sound good the way you describe it. Most group lessons feature a bunch of mini games and work on various strokes.

    Most of em around here start off with deadball 'feeds' of say cross court forehand, approach and the volley. Then they do something like that with backhands - and or mix in overheads.

    Then they might move to say volley mini games where teams try to pass people at the net.. Usually they end with team games and such - if you have more then 4 people they make you run and swap out..

    You can go to a crap load of group lessons and not become really good. But if you know how to play you can certainly get your game more 'grooved' as you can a relatively stress free opportunity to practice shots that people are quite frankly too lazy to practice on their own..

    Also good way to meet people and it should be fun- though almost everyone doing group lessons is 3.5 and under..
  4. loosegroove

    loosegroove Professional

    May 18, 2010
    That sounds like what most clubs around here call "cardio tennis", more of a workout than tennis practice. Ideally you'd want 4 or less people on the court with the instructor so that you can do actual drills. With 7 people on the court there just too many players to get a good clinic like instruction.

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