Plenty can be accomplished at first with a brisk 45-minute workout or playing one high-intensity practice set. You'll get a lot of exercise and really hone your game if you approach tennis with a laser-like focus.
San Rafael, CA (Vocus) April 14, 2010
With spring nearing, tennis players are excited about the chance to play more. According to Matt Kurlander, national marketing director for Nike Tennis Camps, “Nothing beats the enthusiasm of a tennis player who’s eager to play more and get the most out of his or her tennis game. The transition period from winter to spring is the ideal time to begin laying the groundwork for going full-tilt in the summer. That’s why this year we’ve added a new section to our website to share tennis tips with our campers and visitors.”
So what are the best ways to shake off the cobwebs and kick your game into a higher gear? Here are three pointers taken from the new tennis tips page at Nike Tennis Camps.
Tip #1: Stretch the Right Muscles
A good warm-up is critical, so even before you begin to stretch, take five minutes to ride an exercise bike, run in place or jog around the tennis court. That way your body will be warm enough to get the most out of a rigorous stretching routine. As Kurlander says, “It’s tempting to just want to get out and start playing right away, but frequent stretching before and after you play is a great way to get limber and stay healthy. Pay close attention to those parts of your body that have likely been more sedentary during the winter. The legs are the key to tennis, so stretching your hamstrings, quads and calves is essential.”
Tip #2: Take It Slow
Smart tennis players emphasize quality over quantity. Good tennis players know that it’s far better to be methodical and focused rather than play too long, become sloppy with your feet and generate bad work habits – or worse yet, get injured. This principle is doubly true when you’ve gone a while without playing too often. Says Kurlander, “Plenty can be accomplished at first with a brisk 45-minute workout or playing one high-intensity practice set. You’ll get a lot of exercise and really hone your game if you approach tennis with a laser-like focus.”
Tip #3: Focus On Improvement
The early part of the tennis is a good time to devote energy less to competition and more to the improvements you want to make over the course of the year. More power on your forehand, sharper volleys and overheads, variety on your serve, sustained depth on your returns, incorporating new tactics – these are just a few of the many ways a tennis player can enhance his or her game. Says Kurlander, “Tennis is a life-long game. Too many players get too focused on short-term results over the long-term process of improvement and building the skills that will help you enjoy the game for years and years.” As you seek to improve, look to take lessons, study instructional videotapes and read articles. Says Kurlander, “It’s important to work with an instructor who genuinely understands how you play and how you learn. At our camps, for example, we always make sure our instruction appropriately complements the lessons the player has already learned.”
About Nike Tennis Camps
Nike Tennis Camps offers junior and adult overnight and day camps at 73 locations nationwide. The camps provide a unique mix of first-rate instruction, match play, diversified social activities, exposure to life in a university setting – and the chance to build lasting friendships. Over the course of Nike Tennis Camps’ 35-year-history, more than 220,000 people have attended its camps. Founded in 1975, Nike Tennis Camps is a division of US Sports Camps. Headquartered in San Rafael, CA (just outside of San Francisco), US Sports Camps is America’s largest sports camp company.
For more tennis tips, camper reviews, and information on Nike Tennis Camps and US Sports Camps, go to the company’s website, http://www.ussportscamps.com/tennis/ or phone 1-800-645-3226.