Originally Posted by user92626
Isn't money the biggest factor?
If I could spent on lessons like I do on ice cream, I'd go for them in heart beat. Unfortunately, one hour with them is worth a week of grocery for me.
You don't need to pay top dollar from a pro at the academy. Put an add on Craigslist. I pay for private lessons one day a week from a pro at my local academy for my daughter which costs $65 but she also takes lessons from her HS coach (former D1) for $20 an hour. She has also taken lessons in the past from 5.5 players for $20-$25 an hour. The problem with the academies is that you are paying for court time as well as the lesson but I've seen some of the pros from the academy giving lessons on public courts. Also clinics are a fantastic way to get lessons and play matches for cheap.