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Tennis Tips

Tennis Tips: Jeff Smith

Getting Started
by Jeff Smith
PBI Director of Kapalua Tennis Garden

PBI has taught 3 million students over the past 30 years with a focus on simplicity checkpoints and fundamentals that provide individualized instruction rather than a system. PBI lessons always focus on fun, fitness and knowledge so the student receives a well rounded experience on court.

One common element we see is players coming out to play tennis to get fit. Tennis can be a great way to improve your fitness but in most cases play just isn't vigorous enough to improve your fitness.

Are you in shape to play tennis? You shouldn’t be picking up the sport to get in shape. Tennis is a great way to have fun and it does help your fitness level but it won't help you become fit. If you are just beginning with tennis and haven't done any regular exercise before then you need to start with some walking and stretching first. The walking will help your muscles get used to some form of exercise and the stretching will help prevent injuries and the stiffness that may follow your game of tennis. Try and walk 20-30 minutes 3 times a week as that will help your overall fitness as well as help your new found tennis game.

If you have been playing regularly but now see yourself playing for longer periods of time when you do play or playing more frequently then I suggest you get to the fitness center. The more you play the more wear and tear your body goes through. It is essential that you do some form of stretching before and after you play. I would also suggest walking or biking to improve your stamina. And lastly, you may wish to use some light weights to improve your strength and prevent injuries due to muscle fatigue. Please consult a certified trainer to get you started in the right direction.

Make sure you are doing it right so you can play tennis a long time. Recently the United States Tennis Association held age group championships for players 90 and over. Tennis is a game for life as long as you play it correctly. Two of the main reasons people stop playing tennis is that they have trouble hitting the ball back and forth with a partner or they get an injury.

I suggest everyone take a series of lessons to understand the fundamentals of tennis as well as the rules. As a beginner you will then be able to rally with a partner, keep score in a game and have fun. As an intermediate or advanced player it would be good to checkpoint your strengths and work on any weaknesses that are holding you back from playing better. By learning to hit the ball correctly you will enjoy the game more and prevent injuries from happening down the road. Tennis is truly a game for life so let's get going.

For more information:
Kapalua Tennis Garden
Phone: 808-662-7730