I took lessons 2 years ago when I started out with an instructor. For the first lesson, I felt that I learned a lot, so I paid up front a lump sum that would save me a bit of money (like $10 per session) for 8 weeks. however, by like the 5th lesson or so, I felt that the returns I was getting from each session was dwindling and I was not really getting much out of it. perhaps it's the nature of getting tennis lessons, it could be me learning slower, or it could be the coach not being too helpful and seeing me as a cashcow. What do some of you guys do for lessons? Do you pay a package up front or do a pay as you go type of deal? Pros/cons to this that you've observed? to coaches, please don't feel shy to give your honest opinion . edit: update 1: took lessons a few days ago and told him my forehand and serve need work and that i told him to teach me as if i'll be coming back as a regular. he first drilled me a few balls to inspect my current forehand. he said that i hit only the open stance and that it was something that the pros use, but that it'd be better for me to learn the neutral stance forehand (i thought it was closed at first). also he noted that i do a lot of skipping/shuffling to balls when i could just be taking steps instead (better for my balance and awareness of my racket take-back position). he said my swing is fine and that the biggest thing i need to work on to improve my forehand is my footwork, so he drilled me a lot on split step and movement exercises. he also noted a few quirks in my swing, like how i occasionally take an extremely slight pause early into my swing, which takes away from some of my power; he notes it's because i swing too early and need to be patient and wait. also, to my surprise, he said my left arm extension on the forehand should be more extended; i did not realize this! apparently i have a huge bend in my left arm that looks funny (my friend took a video of me) and really was't done correctly. at the end of the lesson he asked if i would take the package. i politely declined, but i said i will certainly come back against next week. my homework assignment was to practice the toss by putting the racket on the floor and tossing the ball at a 45 degree angle from me and making sure it lands in that area on my strings. so far i like the guy (obviously) and he seems to know his stuff. a few things I question i come to this forum to verify what he says, and he's been pretty much spot on more or less. well worth the $50 for a first lesson!