Hi, my name’s Lincoln Ward, I’m a USPTA Certified
Tennis Teaching Pro here in Austin, Texas with Lonestar Tennis Company. Today I’m going
to talk to you about how to practice Tennis effectively. A lot of times when people go
out and practice their strokes, they hit one way and then when it comes to their match,
they completely hit a different way because they just want to get the ball in and win
the point. When your practicing and when you’re playing you have two different mind sets.
So, when you’re practicing, when you’re practicing out there with your friends or with a coach,
or however, you’re all about practicing your technique, getting that technique right. You
worry a little bit less about hitting the ball in or winning the point. When you go
to play a match, you need to make a distinction. Are you going out there to compete, or are
you going out there to practice your strokes? If you’re doing the later, don’t worry about
winning the point so much, worry more about if you’re hitting technically sound shots.
That’s what’s going to get you increasing your skill level fastest. Another thing that
you can do is, a majority of players out there, when they’re developing their strokes, they
think, let’s see how hard I can hit the ball as often as I can. And, that’s fine, but when
you’re playing singles, you want to build a point. Don’t worry about hitting the ball
as hard as you can. The machismo is not quite necessary. You want to keep the ball in play.
Hit about 50 to 75 percent power on a majority of your shots, and when you get the short
one, that’s when you come in and you tee off on that ball. You want to, you want to build
your confidence first. Confidence is a key in tennis, if your confidence goes south,
so does your game. It’s one of those funny things about the sport. You really have to
play smart to improve faster. The last thing I would suggest to you is definitely keep
hydrated and don’t over-exert yourself. I see a lot of players out there, 3 or 4 hours
at a time and they get so frustrated with themselves, the next day when they go out
to the court, they’re flat. Understand, your body is like a machine. It needs it’s down
times, it needs time to rehydrate, you really have to take care of your body. Your body
will get use to hitting the strokes over time, you don’t want to rush it. Practice makes
perfect, guys and gals, remember that. You can’t just go out there once a week and think
to improve. Don’t hit the backboard, go call somebody else out to hit with you. Not just
to play matches, but also just to rally. Rallying makes your game so great. It makes it better,
faster than just playing in matches. I’m Lincoln Ward and that’s how you can practice tennis
effectively. Thanks a lot.