Lesson Intervals

Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by SDCHRIS, Aug 11, 2018.


    SDCHRIS New User

    Jun 11, 2012
    I’m a 43 years old 4.0 player. I play/hit about 2-3 times a week. I want to improve all aspect of my game. My forehead is the weaker shot because it breaks down when tight. I have too many unforced errors and my serve isn’t a weapon. I’ve taken lessons from numerous coaches.

    I’m thinking of taking more lesssons to improve. In the past I’m taken one lesson a week and play a couple of times in between. I see some improvement but nothing drastic.

    If I am going to pay for another 20 lessons do you think I should increase to 2 or 3 lessons a week or stick with once a week?

    I’m thinking if I have a full time coach for a couple of months we can fix my flaws where as if I get lessons once a week I will go back to my bad habits in between lessons.

    What do you think?
  2. Knox

    Knox Semi-Pro

    Oct 6, 2017
    Take a week off from your tennis game, spend like $15 bucks or whatever and read The Talent Code, then come back and see if you have the same question.
  3. Dragy

    Dragy Semi-Pro

    Aug 10, 2015
    Moscow, Russia
    If you have an option, go with max concentrated coaching. Once a week can work if (1) coach is smart to and willing to give you proper homework and (2) you are disciplined and have time, partner, ball machine to do all the homework.
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  4. Mongolmike

    Mongolmike Hall of Fame

    Jun 5, 2009
    OP, I do the same as you...take a lesson, then try to incorporate it for a week or two, then go back. It works for me if:

    -if I only concentrate on one or two "tweaks" per lesson. If you are reconstructing your FH, then I think more frequent lessons would be better

    -if only working on one or two tweaks, and I leave the lesson completely understanding what is being taught, and how I incorporate it, and how to feel if it is right or wrong during that given action.

    -I take notes when I leave the lesson and review those notes before I go to the court with the ball machine, or hit the court for play
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  5. Crocodile

    Crocodile Hall of Fame

    Jan 23, 2012
    Looking at your situation the best thing you can do is to sign up with a coach who can work on you as the whole athlete.
    At the age of 43 ( I don't know how long you have been playing) you want to sit down with your coach and set some goals you want to achieve. For example, "Where do you want to be in 2 years time, in a years time and in 6 months time. Are you aiming to play local competitions, seniors tournaments, win a local championship etc.
    Then I would start with your body and what needs to be done because at the age of 43 and onwards you are going to run into some issues if you play a lot. So you need to get stronger and, become a more efficient mover and a good planner of when and how you train and off course what you eat. The older you get the more important these things are.
    There is a lot of mental preparation you need to do as well. Focusing solely on a weakness doesn't usually result in success, In fact it can erode your confidence. Instead I'd be spending 65 percent on the things that you do well because that's where you wins and success will come from. Yes, spend some time on weaknesses but don't dwell on them. The confidence you derive from working on your success strokes and tactical strategies will spill on to your weaknesses.
    All what I have just written will give you an idea of what you should do, and in particular how often you should train with your coach. Personally I would do this:
    1 Private lesson for an hour
    1 Group or squad lesson if available
    1 Weekly singles and doubles competition
    1 tournament a month
    1 hit with a mate per week practising drills and match play.
    That's already a lot so you can adjust to fit your life. Over the past 30 years I've had good success with adult clients who follow this, just make sure you also take time to work on your body so you don't break down because that does destroy progress and I would also keep in touch with a physio and massage therapist who can monitor and help fix minor issues before they flare up. Let me know what you think.
  6. heninfan99

    heninfan99 G.O.A.T.

    Oct 17, 2008
    One lesson per week plus hitting on a wall everyday should tighten up your game. Just be sure to keep moving your feet, sometimes wall hitters are too stationary. This is the more affordable approach.

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