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The 7 Coolest Places in the World to Play Tennis

Friday, September 2, 2016 3:42:12 PM America/New_York

TENNI 5.jpgTennis is a great sport that can be enjoyed by people of all ages no matter what their level. Where you play the game can sometimes be even more exciting than the game itself. There are several exotic locations and gorgeous resorts all over the world to play tennis. The following are 7 incredibly cool places throughout the world to enjoy a great game of tennis.

The Phoenician in Scottsdale, Arizona

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The Phoenician, located in Scottsdale, Arizona, is an oasis paradise nestled alongside a gorgeous desert. The resort provides four playing surfaces and a variety of programs and lessons for players of all ages. The Phoenician in Scottsdale allows players to enjoy the game when staying at the beautiful Canyon Suites. When it's time to take a break and explore the resort, you can stroll through the hotel and admire the $25 million art collection..

The Seaside Tennis Club


The Mauna Kea Beach Hotel Seaside Tennis Club in Kamuela, Hawaii features 11 courts for guests to enjoy. The hotel provides not only a stunning seaside backdrop for the courts but offers a variety of lessons and tournaments. The director of the club also happens to be on the advisory board of Prince tennis products. The resort will often receive brand new Prince equipment before it's even on the market. The Mauna Kea Resort will also be hosting the Grand Prix Open and Class Championship this year in September.

Il San Pietro di Positano, Positano, Italy

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This stunning resort in the Mediterranean has been a popular vacation spot for world famous celebrities. Located between limestone cliffs and a secluded beach, the tennis courts provide the ultimate playing experience with all the benefits of staying at a five star resort. This court is reserved for guests who stay at the incredible Il San Pietro. It will be hard to keep your mind on the game with such amazing scenery.

Caneel Bay Resort

Beautiful Caneel Bay is located in St. John, on the U.S. Virgin Islands. Caneel Bay Tennis Resort features 7 grass courts and 2 hard courts for guests to enjoy. They offer a four-night tennis package as well as drills, clinics, and round robin play weekly at a variety of times. Peter Burwash International has been directing the tennis program at Caneel Bay Resort for over 30 years.

Rancho Valencia

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The Rancho Valencia resort & Spa in Santa Fe, California has been rated one of the top tennis resorts by Tennis Magazine. Set in a gorgeous garden setting, the Rancho Valencia features 18 plexi-pave courts and daily instruction clinics for players of all levels. Lessons are available privately, semi-privately, and through video instruction. This Mediterranean styled resort in Southern California is tucked away among lush gardens and olive groves.

The Wild Dunes

Charleston, South Carolina is a place known for tennis. The Wild Dunes Resort offers guest everything you would expect in a great resort, including plenty of tennis. There are 17 courts to enjoy, several are lit at night, and there's even a stadium court. Tennis Magazine has ranked this tennis resort among the top ten several years in a row.

Bio-Hotel Stanglwirt

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It may be hard to concentrate on the game with the magnificent Wilder Kaiser Mountains in the background. These courts, located at the Bio-Hotel Stanglwirt in Going, Austria, provide an unforgettable experience for those who love the game of tennis. The resort offers fourteen courts, with six of them located indoors. The tennis programs here are rated #1 throughout all of Europe.

Posted By Candice Carlin

5 Reasons Having The Right Gear Makes a Difference in Sports

Monday, August 15, 2016 4:59:22 PM America/New_York

It is often said that a craftsman is only as good as the quality of his tools. The same can be said about athletes. Ask any athlete about the importance of his gear and he will testify that it matters a great deal. This is precisely why the world's best athletes are willing to pay top dollar for elite equipment.

Find the Right Tennis Racquet Each tennis racquet is unique.

The racquet you prefer might be completely different than the one used by your doubles partner. Don't settle on a racquet until you have held a number of different models in your hands. Each tennis racquet has a myriad of idiosyncrasies. From the head size to the weight, grip and strings, there are all sorts of nuances to consider. Perhaps you prefer a large racquet head that is fairly heavy with tight strings and an ultra-soft grip. Another player might favor a lighter racquet as it helps execute a desired swing path with ease. Even the racquet's distribution of weight is critically important. Some rackets have more weight toward the head while others are heavier toward the handle. If possible, try out an array of different racquets so you can figure out which is most comfortable. Once you've decided on the ideal racquet, you will undoubtedly reap the rewards on the court.

Racquet Strings Really do Make a Difference

The typical tennis novice assumes that all racquet strings are created equal. This is a common misconception. There are many different types of strings to choose from. Racquet strings are made with different materials like polyester, multifilaments and synthetic material. In general, synthetic strings are fairly cheap yet quite comfortable. The polyester variety provide more power and tend to last longer than other varieties. Yet comfort is typically sacrificed to allow for the increased power and durability. Multifilament strings are a happy medium between polyester and synthetic. Try each type of string to determine which is the best for your game before making a commitment. Furthermore, consider the tension of your racquet's strings. If you feel as though the ball isn't popping off of your racquet as desired, consult with a tennis stringer to ramp up the strings' tension.

Don't Overlook the Value of Overgrips

If you play tennis with the grip that came on your racquet, you are not alone. The vast majority of people don't give a second thought to the quality or feel of their racquet's grip. Consider adding an overgrip to prevent blisters on your hands. An overgrip's enhancement of feeling and friction will also help you control the racquet as intended. Apply an overgrip to your racquet's handle and you just might find that it no longer spins in your hands after executing shots. It is also worth noting that an overgrip can help your serve. Plenty of standard grips do not react well to the presence of sweat, causing the hand to slide, especially during the vertical serving motion.

Vibration Dampeners can Make a Difference in Your Game

If you take a close look at the racquets of veteran tennis players, you might notice a small colorful object toward the center-bottom of the strings. This is a vibration dampener. Add a high-quality vibration dampener to your racquet's strings and it will provide a muted feeling that enhances comfort. Its presence has the potential to make the game of tennis much more enjoyable.

Sweat the Small Stuff

Plenty of tennis beginners believe that any old tennis balls and sneakers will suffice. The truth is that these seemingly minor subtleties really do make a big difference in the quality of your play. Try out different brands of tennis balls to determine which bounce to your standards. Some might last longer than others in terms of long-term bounce-ability. Make the transition from a pair of basketball or running sneakers to true tennis sneakers and your agility will likely improve. Perhaps more importantly, the right pair of tennis sneakers will prevent the formation of painful callouses and blisters.

Posted By Candice Carlin

3 Tips to Improve Your Tennis Swing

Tuesday, May 31, 2016 12:56:30 PM America/New_York


Summer is almost here, which means warmer weather, longer days, and more time out on the court playing tennis. Few things are more enjoyable than a hard fought match on a sunny summer day, and few things will ruin that perfect image than the inability to drive the ball consistently and accurately. When it comes to playing tennis well, nothing is more important than your swing. So, if you find your shots are often sailing on you or ending up in the net, here are three tips to improve your tennis swing.


Get the Right Gear

 

The quickest way to improve your swing happens before you even step on the court. Checking your equipment to make sure that it’s in good working order is an easy way to ensure that you’re not handicapping yourself before the first ball is served.


Take a close look at the strings on your racket; if any seem abnormally loose or look damaged then its time to take a trip to your local pro shop and get them restrung. Most major sporting goods stores will have the ability to restring your racket for around $30, but if you want to make the biggest impact on your swing it may be worth the extra cost to get a pro shop to do it for you.


Your local pro shop can help you determine the perfect string tension for your game. Most rackets are strung between 64 and 67 pounds, and being off by a few pounds can have serious consequences for your game.


Add More Power to Your Game


When it comes deciding a match between top level professional tennis players, victory often comes down to those who are able to add extra power to shots that help place balls out of an opponents reach. Being able to consistently drive the ball with power will reduce the amount of time your opponent has to line up a shot for a return, leading to more unforced errors and more points for you.


The best way to alter your swing to increase your power is by rotating your hips and shoulders by almost 90 degrees, and then turning your entire body square to the ball as your arm moves through the contact zone. Extending your arm further back at the beginning of the swing phase will increase your racket speed on your follow-through, so that when the head of your racket finally hits the ball, it will do so with much greater speed and power.


Learn From the Best


As always, lessons from your local pro are a great way to improve your swing, Unfortunately, this may not always be an option, as many people don’t have the time or resources for private tennis lessons. Thankfully, technology has made learning from the best easier and more affordable than ever.


Visualizing a correct swing is an excellent way to improve your own, and no one does it better or more consistently than the top pros in the world. Watching the world’s top players and their respective swings can help you understand the fundamentals of what goes into a high level forehand. Spend an afternoon watching superstars like Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams, as they play in tournaments. Focus on how not just they move their rackets, but how their lower body functions in concert with their shoulders and head. If you can learn how the best of the best do it time and time again, you’ll be on your way to an improved swing in no time!


Summer is almost here, which means warmer weather, longer days, and more time out on the court playing tennis. Few things are more enjoyable than a hard fought match on a sunny summer day, and few things will ruin that perfect image than the inability to drive the ball consistently and accurately. When it comes to playing tennis well, nothing is more important than your swing. So, if you find your shots are often sailing on you or ending up in the net, here are three tips to improve your tennis swing.

Posted By Candice Carlin

Clay, Grass, Carpet, or Hard Courts: What's Your Style of Tennis?

Thursday, May 12, 2016 10:25:14 AM America/New_York

 

It’s estimated that according to the International Tennis Federation there are 750,000 to one million tennis courts in the world. Luckily for tennis lovers everywhere that’s a ton of courts to play on. Tennis courts themselves can be made of a variety of different materials. If you have played the sport for a number of years then you have probably played on some of these specialized courts.


In professional matches there are strict regulations regarding all aspects of the sport including court material, rackets, and even the balls are subject to guidelines. The number one rule of the ITF’s yearly guide is all about the court. It details the specific size guidelines of each court for professional use. Although it doesn’t say anything about the court surface material itself, that does need to be classified though. Any type of court whether it’s clay, grass, carpet, or other hard surface falls into five classes with a “Court Pace Rating.” Category 1 is “slow” while it goes up in speed to the fastest at level 5.


All About Clay Courts


Clay tends to fall in the slower category of a Level 1 or 2 court. For example, The French Open is played on a unique clay court. Clay is a combination of crushed materials like shale, and can be red or green. One of the best benefits of clay courts is that you can clearly see where the ball leaves an impression. That makes line judging calls much easier. The terrain does take a little getting used to playing on, because players have to slide into their shots. It’s much easier to run and stop short on other court surfaces.  
 


Grass Types: Artificial and Real


Artificial grass or astroturf falls into a Level 2 or 3 pace rating. Currently there aren’t any real grass surfaces that are certified to play on. It’s probably due to the fact that it’s so hard to maintain with a very short season.


Faux grass is not only easier to maintain, but it doesn't break down in the way that real grass does. Think of the most famous real grass court in the world, Wimbledon. After a few weeks of playing, the grass has seen better days. They are more common in Britain than the United States because when wet they can get quite slippery.


Carpet Sounds Interesting


There are different carpet courts in all five categories. That is due to the fact that there are so many varieties of carpet fibers available. It can be easily manipulated to suit an individual courts needs. For example “SportFlex M” is a carpeted court in Italy manufactured by Mondo Sport and Flooring, a very popular sport flooring company for indoor and outdoor courts.


Hard Courts Are the Most Common


Your local community tennis court is most likely going to be a hard court. The US Open and the Australian Open use a hard court surface. It’s made of a uniform material that is covered with an acrylic surface layer to prevent cracks and holes over time. The base is usually concrete or asphalt. The US Open uses “DecoTurf” which is manufactured by California Products Corporation. They even offer it in twelve different customizable colors, so if you want to build your very own tennis court you have a lot to choose from. Can you imagine how good you would get playing on your own court?

Posted By Candice Carlin

The Best Tennis Apparel Websites: Why Cruise Control Gear Should Top Your List

Thursday, March 31, 2016 10:53:29 AM America/New_York

Nobody understands tennis players like tennis players; their needs; their wants; what's going to give them that edge. Americans spent nearly $500 million dollars last year on tennis equipment, but unless that equipment was designed for tennis players, by tennis players, then it’s wasted money.

 

This is where Cruise Control Gear comes into play. Cruise Control Gear was created by Candice and Kristen Carlin, two sisters who both played tennis on both the national and international stage. It was these experiences that enabled the Carlin sisters to design premium athletic apparel, geared toward the athlete. The result is aggressive, yet elegant products, much like the game of tennis itself. So what exactly sets Cruise Control Gear apart from the rest?

 

Fit

Cruise Control Gear knows what it takes to be successful on and off the court, which is why all of their men's and women’s apparel is designed for the active athlete. Athletes know that clothes need to fit and provide full and fluid motion in order to compete. This mentality holds true not only for tennis, but also golf and many other active sports, which is why Cruise Control Gear’s entire line has the athlete and their needs in the forefront.

 

Breathability

One of the most common complaints had by athletes about active wear is a lack of breathability. This results in overheating and ultimately poor performance. However, Cruise Control Gear and its design technology have created lines of men's and women’s active wear that transports moisture quickly through the fabric for fast evaporation and with ventilated gussets for breathability that will keep you dry and comfortable; whether you are hitting the back nine, or hitting the bar.

 

Style

No longer are the days where style is left in the locker room; as we are seeing an emergence of colors and designs on athletes both professional and amateur, as well as on and off the court. Heeding this cry to the dull, boring and bland active wear available on the market, Cruise Control Gear decided to bring modern style and engineered functionality to all of its clothing. With the season's colors, classic and modern designs, and more forward thinking construction, Cruise Control Gear is just at home on the court as it as it at the grocery store.

 

Price

While you might pay a premium for some of your active wear, that is no guarantee that you will be getting the quality you think you are paying for. Rather you are probably paying for endorsement deals for an athlete who hasn't even set eyes on the clothes, let alone any hand in their design. It is this fact that makes Cruise Control Gear so different. Not only do they provide a superior product with the athlete in mind, but they do so at a reasonable price; one that makes it easy to see where your hard-earned money is going. At CruiseControlGear.com, you can be certain you're getting the best value for quality apparel at a tennis apparel website.

 

With nearly half a billion dollars in sales on tennis equipment last year alone, it isn't difficult to see that tennis is a growing sport in this nation. However, with this growing popularity comes a influx of products, many of which are inferior or overpriced or both, which can make navigating the world of athletic apparel that much more difficult. Thankfully, companies like Cruise Control Gear exist, that put the athlete in the forefront when it comes to fitting, breathability, style and price, because ultimately, it takes an athlete to understand an athlete's needs. Find your Cruise Control Gear here.

 

Posted By Candice Carlin

3 Ways to Care for Your Body After Tennis Practice

Friday, March 18, 2016 5:26:19 PM America/New_York

 

The top five tennis injuries are related to an ankle sprain, tennis elbow, back fracture, shoulder pain or calf muscle strain. Tennis is a deceptively physically demanding sport, and injuries happen even to the most seasoned pros, as well as to the weekend enthusiast. Even if you are adamant about doing tennis conditioning drills before playing, you will need to make sure you take care of your body after tennis practice.

Warm Down

The high intensity of tennis conditioning drills combined with long rallies or competitive matches can really get your heart pumping. It’s crucial you don’t just stop cold at the end of a game. Warming down is just as important as warming up. After the last point, take a minute to walk around the court a couple of times to give your body a chance to adjust to the slower pace. Your heart will appreciate it and your muscles will be better adjusted after a few minutes of a warm down period.

Treat Any Pain

After you arrive back home, be aware of any tenderness, swelling or pain. Although ordinarily you shouldn’t expect these, the possibility always exists after engaging in any sport. Be especially mindful of your joints, like your elbows and knees. If you do have pain or swelling, physical therapists recommend applying ice for 24 hours before applying heat. The ice will help to minimize any swelling, which could lead to further discomfort. The point is, don’t try to tough it out or bust through any pain or discomfort you feel. The better you treat any pain, the faster you’ll be able to get back on the court.

Rehydrate

The high intensity nature of tennis demands that your body give up a lot of its stored water, in order to feed your muscles. As you play, too, you’ll sweat out a lot of water, which can leave you hydrated after a match. Your adrenalin after a game may block the signs that you need to hydrate your body. Instead of waiting to feel thirsty after a game, go ahead and rehydrate before your body begins to feel the discomfort of dehydration. Dehydration symptoms include headache, dizziness or disorientation. You don’t need to guzzle water or a sports drink. A slow, steady method of hydration is better for your stomach after an afternoon in the sun playing tennis. Otherwise, you could get that uncomfortable throbbing sensation that comes from drinking cold water too fast on a hot day.

 

If you care for your body in these three ways after tennis practice or a match, you’ll feel better, play better next time, and help to ensure a long and enjoyable experience with playing tennis for as long as you desire.

Why not check out some well-designed tennis apparel while you’re thinking about it? Our men’s and women’s tennis gear by Cruise Control will help you get the most out of your game every time.

Posted By Candice Carlin

Don't Make These 3 Rookies Mistakes When You Get Back on Court

Friday, March 11, 2016 5:11:47 PM America/New_York

 

 

If you have been away from the game of tennis for a while, there are some traps that you want to avoid in order to ensure that your experience isn’t spoiled before it has a chance to really get started. Below are three common “rookie” mistakes to avoid if you’re taking up the game again after a long absence.

 

1. Overestimating Your Skill Level

Even if you were a proficient player back in the day, don’t assume that you can compete at the same level again immediately. Playing opponents with a skill set that is too far above yours can be frustrating and discouraging. Before you play your first match, practice doing some tennis conditioning drills, which will help you to pinpoint any areas you might need to work on.

 

If you belong to a tennis club or some other type of athletic facility that employs a tennis pro, you might want to consult with him. He can evaluate your current game and skill level. Once you’ve established where you are now, he can recommend other club members to play with who are at roughly the same level you are. If that’s not an option, check out nearby community recreation centers that offer lessons. Often you can get a skills assessment done beforehand to ensure that you are put in the right class.

 

2. Using Outdated Equipment

Tennis equipment tends to improve dramatically over time. Pros, tennis enthusiasts and sports equipment manufacturers are continually updating, modernizing and improving everything from the balls to racquets to the actual courts. The equipment you used years ago may have served you well at the time, but you shouldn’t expect the same level of performance now. You’ll likely be playing against players with modern equipment, and your old racquet likely won’t be able to compete. Before you hit the courts, be prepared to spend something on new equipment. You’ll enjoy playing with the newer racquet materials, and you’ll feel better about getting back into the game with equipment that doesn’t date you.

 

3. Playing With Inferior Footwear

In tennis, the most frequent area of injury is in the ankles and knees. If you’ve been away from the sport of tennis for a while, you probably don’t have proper shoes for playing. Running shoes, for example, are designed for forward motion, whereas tennis is a sport that involves a lot of lunges, side moves, pivots, jumps, and sudden stops and starts. Tennis shoes are designed specifically to accommodate these kinds of moves. If you step onto the courts with the wrong footwear just once, you could pay for it with a tennis injury like a twisted or sprained ankle that will keep you off the courts for a long time. Before you schedule your first game, equip yourself with shoes specifically meant to be worn for playing tennis. Make sure you stock up on sports socks as well, because the wrong socks can also negatively influence your comfort level and movement in the shoe.

Your revived tennis game will be much more enjoyable when you avoid these three rookie mistakes. Shop our extensive line of tennis apparel for men and women and you’ll be all set to go!

Posted By Candice Carlin

Your Tennis Socks Could Be Causing Blisters

Friday, February 5, 2016 1:19:41 PM America/New_York

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If you love playing tennis, but you hate the way you get blisters from your shoes, you might be putting the blame on the wrong article of clothing. It could be your socks instead of your shoes that are causing the issue. With many socks that are worn by tennis players, problems arise from the fit, the style, the material, and more. With that in mind, you want to be sure you're choosing the right socks, so they don't cause you blisters and hurt your feel and your game.

1) Socks don't always stay put

If you choose socks that fit your feet the right way and that settle properly into shoes that don't slip around, you'll be ahead of the crowd when it comes to making your tennis game a good one. Socks that don't stay in one place can rub your feet each time you take a step, and if you're running up and down the court a lot you may find that you're rubbing your feet so much that blisters are forming. With the right socks that are made for tennis, you get a stable sock that won't rub your feet when you move.

2) The seams can rub your feet

With good quality tennis socks you can reduce the chances of getting blisters from the stitching. Some socks have seams that are very thick, or that have a bunched style on the ends, where the seam stops. With that in mind, you may see that you're getting your feet (especially the tops of your toes) rubbed by the seam quite frequently. Seams should be small and soft, and should be in places that are much more comfortable, so you don't have to worry about them causing you problems as you move around the court. Check the socks you have carefully, and if they aren't soft enough or the seams bother you, it's time to get some new socks that will be a better fit for your needs.

3) Low-quality materials are often a problem

Another big problem with socks for tennis is that they are made with poor quality materials that are hard on your feet. Socks which have a microfiber blend are a better choice, because they provide both quality and value for any tennis player. If you aren't sure what your current socks are made from, you may want to take a look. Low-quality socks can really hurt your feet, and that's going to be damaging to your tennis game. You aren't going to feel like playing tennis when your feet have blisters, and if you need to play during that time you could end up losing because of the pain you're in.


Blisters can also become infected if they aren't cared for properly, so a sock that will help you avoid blisters and will keep moisture and friction away from any blisters that you have can be an excellent choice to improve your game.


Posted By Candice Carlin

3 Outfits That Will Blow the Competition Away

Monday, January 25, 2016 11:19:22 AM America/New_York

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Choosing the Best Women’s Tennis Clothing


Playing tennis isn't just about your swing or the number of years you've been playing. It's also about the clothing you wear, and how you look and feel with the clothing you choose. You want to look fashionable, but you also need to be comfortable, so you can move around and react quickly. When you choose the right outfit you can blow the competition away and have a great game, because you'll look and feel comfortable and ready to play. Here are three outfits you'll want to consider if you really want to get ahead of the competition.

1). White Skirt With Logo, and Cap Sleeve Performance Shirt

With this white skirt, you can easily move from one side of the court to the other, quickly and with plenty of grace and style. You won't have to worry about it binding on your legs, so you'll be able to react quickly to anything your opponent does. That's a great way to see success and improve your game, and can keep you from struggling with clothes that don't fit you the way you want them to. The cap sleeve shirt ensures that you stay cool and dry, letting you concentrate on clearing out the competition on your way to the top.

2). Skort and Matching V-Neck Tank Top

A matching skort and tank top set shows that you mean business, and that you want to look good while surpassing the competition. Skorts are the choice of a lot of tennis professionals because they provide more protection than a skirt, but yet they don't bind or make it difficult for you to move around quickly. They're also very stylish, so you can look good and feel good while you play. A matching set isn't required, but it's an excellent choice for anyone who wants to play tennis and a wonderful way to make sure you're wearing something you feel good about.

3). Prestige Capri Pants, and Sleeveless Performance Shirt

With the right women’s tennis clothing you can be sure that you have style and comfort. These capri pants give you that, even on the chilliest of days. While many tennis players wear skirts, skorts, or shorts when they play, they can sometimes play in very cold conditions. In cooler weather, you will want something that makes you feel warm enough, since being too cold can adversely affect your game. A sleeveless shirt is a great idea for movement even when it's cool outside, and this performance shirt can help you stay warm enough and still move around the way you want.

Getting the right tennis outfit is important for all kinds of reasons, and when you choose something you're comfortable with, that confidence is going to come through and help you with your game. While you may not win because of your outfit, what you're wearing and how you feel about it can certainly affect your overall game and help you blow the competition away.

Posted By Candice Carlin

Tennis Tips for Beginners

Thursday, December 17, 2015 3:59:09 PM America/New_York

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Top 4 Mistakes Beginners Make

Whether you're a seasoned athlete looking for a new sport or a novice who needs a hobby, tennis is a great sport to learn. Though the rules are straightforward, playing tennis well requires strength, agility, endurance and the proper technique. In fact, lots of tennis fans who will tell you that it's the hardest sport to master.

Wait, where are you going? Don't give up before you start! Follow these tennis tips for beginners to avoid some common errors made by new players, and you'll be serving up aces in no time.

Mistake #1: Choosing the Wrong Racket

If your racket is too heavy, you'll have trouble timing your swings and following through. But for a casual player, heading to the pro shop for an expensive, graphite racket is over the top.Choose an affordable, pre-strung aluminum racket that weighs between 9.5 and 11 ounces. Heavy wooden rackets that you find at garage sales aren't a bargain — they'll just make you miserable.

Mistake #2: Playing Too Far Forward

In almost every other sport, keeping your eye on the ball means running directly to the ball. In tennis, that habit will get you too far forward, and lots of balls will pass you by before you have a chance to swing. Tennis balls bounce, and you need to adjust your timing accordingly. This is something that comes with practice, and a good coach will advise you on your timing to help you along the learning curve. You can also read more to get a technical understanding of how to time the bounce.

Mistake #3: Ignoring Overall Fitness

You can learn the basic skills of the game regardless of your fitness level, but if you want to advance to the next level of the sport, getting in shape is crucial. In addition to honing your swing and practicing your footwork, tennis requires great balance and conditioning. To improve your balance, try adding some core-strengthening exercises to your warm-up routine. To increase your stamina to chase down all those balls, make sure you do some cardio on the days you're not on the court — jogging, swimming and skating are all good choices.

Mistake #4: Swinging From the Elbow

Newbies often swing the racket using only the elbow and forearm. This may make it feel easier to control the racket, but it won't give you much power and can eventually lead to injury. Get an experienced player or professional coach to show you the ins and outs of a proper swing, which should be from the shoulder and incorporate your entire arm. Get your swing under control before you start playing, and you'll be ahead of the game.

With these four tennis tips for beginners, you can avoid common pitfalls and become a seasoned player in no time at all. Get out there and hit the courts!

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