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Old 07-29-2005, 03:04 PM   #1
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Hi. I'm a beginner to tennis. I'm 16 years old and have pretty much just started playing late June (so I've had a good month now). I'm very interested in tennis and practice swinging against walls, volleying to myself, and playing recreational games with my friends or my brother at local municipal courts. I'm getting better, and hope this trend continues. I was wondering, at what point should I invest in tennis shoes, say by Prince, Head, or Nike? Any ideal models? Is it a good idea to learn tennis with tennis shoes or should I leave them for now? When should I consider paying for lessons? How can I find an instructor/coach/etc? I live in Canada if this helps. I generally buy Wilson tennis balls (Titanium and US Open), is this fine? Should I switch to Penn or Dunlop? Is it fine playing with balls I've had for weeks? Thanks for reading, any responses would be appreciated.
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Old 07-29-2005, 03:17 PM   #2
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Hi. I'm a beginner to tennis. I'm 16 years old and have pretty much just started playing late June (so I've had a good month now). I'm very interested in tennis and practice swinging against walls, volleying to myself, and playing recreational games with my friends or my brother at local municipal courts. I'm getting better, and hope this trend continues. I was wondering, at what point should I invest in tennis shoes, say by Prince, Head, or Nike? Any ideal models? Is it a good idea to learn tennis with tennis shoes or should I leave them for now? When should I consider paying for lessons? How can I find an instructor/coach/etc? I live in Canada if this helps. I generally buy Wilson tennis balls (Titanium and US Open), is this fine? Should I switch to Penn or Dunlop? Is it fine playing with balls I've had for weeks? Thanks for reading, any responses would be appreciated.
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Old 07-29-2005, 03:56 PM   #3
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Born in Australia though . I don't much like any form of hockey to be honest.
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If you like tennis, I would invest in a good pair of tennis shoes because it is hard to play without them, at least to me.
You should start taking lessons and see how you do. You can always quit if you don't like it so that's not a problem. However, I don't know where you can get a tennis instructor. Usually they're at clubs, or you might ask someone that you know that plays tennis if they know someone who's teaching. I think that's the best option.

Um, regarding balls, I think it's okay. I wouldn't care about that that much right now since you're just a bigginer, I would spend the money on some tennis shoes... especially if you play on clay! But I suppose over there you don't

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Make sure you have a decent raquet. Balls really don't matter much. Professional coaching is probably the only way to go unless you know people who play the game and would be willing to take you under their wing.
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Old 07-29-2005, 04:20 PM   #6
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OK I'll look into lessons, I want them, but finding a decent instructor might be a pain. Plus the cost...

My racquet is a Wilson US Open 4 3/8 grip. I think it's this one: http://www.tennismall.com/index.asp?...OD&ProdID=1690
It cost me $60 CAD, so it's just a cheaper one, a little larger than most. Seems to be working fine for me for now. I will want a new one later, and maybe get this re-gripped for a lefty (doesn't seem like much of a big deal for me tho).

As for shoes I was looking into it and I'm thinking Prince T 10s or QT Response, or Adidas Barricade II, depending on price and feel when I check them out.

I don't think I've been using clay courts here. It would seem like some kind of a tarmac. One of the municipal courts is like falling apart road surface material, the other one is much better, coloured, smoother, and more solid.

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Lol can't really help you there, i spose i'm a lot more into watching tennis than playing
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if your shite then if id advise to play with flatter balls, it helped me to progress my game and then move onto newer harder balls, the type of balls dont matter, as long as they're not those reallllly cheap shit u get in like pound stores. if u start to get pretty good(or already r) then i would def adivse you getting a good racket,coz you will find it really hard to progress your game with a shitty racket(unless your a genius). but only get a good racket if your gonna use it, and not put it aside wen your done after 6 months. if u think youll play the game for a long time then get a good racket. same with coach, if your gona play the game for a long time, then get one. you dont neseceraily need a one-on-one coach(they can pretty expensive) you can get your mates together, or people you know who play tennis and form a squad.but i would adivse that the people are all roughly on the same level of play. find a local club, and have a chat with a coach about anything you want to know, they should be able to help you out,if your not then they're a shite coach. before you know it, you'll be giving federer a run for his money by the way,welcome to MTF
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Lol thanks very much. What exactly do you mean by flatter balls? Hmm the really cheap balls I bought from Wal-mart are pretty bad. A ball from one of the three from the odd brand (one of this brand and a couple of the other) broke when I dropped it (I bounce on the ground, it makes a strange sound, bounce it again, well it didn't exactly bounce lol). I only ever use those for slugging balls against walls, it seems to help my swing. Hmm I didn't realize that a better racquet would be such a deal. How much should I spend? Do I trial them for a week or something?
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join the tennis club every superchamp around ur area goes to....and also get a $50/hour coach
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Old 07-29-2005, 06:21 PM   #11
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OK I was looking at racquets and there are just way too many to choose from o.O So many brands, then so many makes and models... wow. Do I want Graphite or Titanium? Expensive or moderately priced? Any particular suggestions?
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well i say flatter balls, i mean good balls that have been played alot with. these balls are easier to control with your racket and therefore develop the fundermentals of your game quicker. you get more feel for ball and it allows to to develop your strokes nicely. the wal-mart balls your talkin about, i know what you mean,seriously dont play with that crap,they r so shite.
i know what you mean about the different type of rackets,so many. you def need to try sum out first. i was quite lucky wen i bought my first expensive racket. the son of the head coach at my old club was using a prince thunderlite and he had quite a few. i use to play with him quite abit and he let me use his racket often and i fell in love with it, it was perfect for me. so i bought one, a 100quid so about 180/190 american dollars. this was quite a few years ago and the rackets are cheaper over in america. its best to go to a club, and see if you try out a few good rackets.(you hav to get friendly with the coachs first.thats wot i did) you shouldnt spend anything more than 200 dollars,not many racket are over that price anyway,but some are.but if your a rich bastard, then you might as well buy the best money can buy(but remember, its wot racket suits you. its kinda like in harry potter, the racket chooses you, not the other way round).good luck mate.
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If you are a recreational player, you should not worry too much about apparel and racquets/balls. However, I generally dislike Wilson balls. I prefer Dunlop. There is nothing wrong with using balls that are a few weeks old, but you of course notice the difference in the bounce.

I find that 'soft' balls are great to practice with, when hitting with someone else. They take away pace from the game and enable you to really work on your shots and stamina. Also, try playing mini tennis (not from the baseline, but tennis from the serve line). I love playing matches of that variety, cause you can't just hit hard, but you need to make angles.

When it comes to clothes and racquets.. It really doesn't matter much. I prefer Sergio Tacchini and dislike Nike and Fila, but that's just me. I have five different racquets, all different brands. I think Yonex and Prince are very trustworthy racquets, but any other renowned brand will suffice.

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Regarding rackets, a few basic tips.
*Babolat's strings are the best. A bit expensive but are worth it.
*Babolat's racquets are not THAT good, the good ones might be the Pure Drive + or team, and the control IMO, which are the ones that use Roddick, Moya, Massu, Clijsters and a lot more (the first one). But those are for more advanced players, because it's not that easy to hit the ball and controll it.
*Racquets like Yonex and Head are very good for the kind of player of your level. There are many racquets for many levels, and IMO Yonex and Head have the best for your level. I own a Yonex and it's worked quite well for me so far, and I'm not too great. (though i'd have to start thinking of buying a professional racquet but..)
*Prince is also a very good option, it seems to suit some kind of players very well. Yet, if what you need is power, because that's the good thing about your game, I dont know if it'd be a racquet I'd recommend for you. It's more to controll the ball I believe. But you should ask someone else about Prince rackets since I don't own one nor have played with many.
*Dunlop and those other brands are good, but... I am not too sure about them, I sort of don't trust them. But, you know, as 1sun said, the racket chooses you so maybe you try it and it suits your game perfectly well.

I hope that helps. Pretty much don't try buying a Babolat pure drive plus right away for example "just because X player plays with it" because, maybe its not good for your game or you simply can't controll the ball or racket, etc.

That's all I suppose
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Wow these have been some great and encouraging replies guys . I guess I'll look into trying out racquets then. Personally I'd feel best with Head, Prince (man I just love the name), or Wilson. They seem to be the big names I see the most. Sharapova, Federer, Agassi, and the Williams sisters IIRC. I won't be biast when actually picking though. I think I will try out Dunlop and Penn balls later as I've mostly only been seeing Wilsons and decided I know that brand best to go for it. Tecno's (moderately price, vacuum sealed) seem to work fairly well too actually. How long do racquets tend to last? When should I need to get new strings or have them tightened? Is there any other maintenance I need to do? I've been practicing some more, not practice matches for a while now tho, and I think my swing is really improving. I do a fairly stable eastern backhand now (used to use eastern forehand for everything). Now my forehand seems to be leaning towards semi-western, slowly migrating from eastern LOL, it's getting more natural that way. I seem to be able to swing western too, it does seem to get the spin, but not so much the power. One question about western grip though, is it supposed to look awkward? I grip it like on the Tennis magazine thing, like an upsidedown eastern backhand or so. It looks really awkward and my swing (at least from my point of view) looks a little retarded, but it works. Sorry for so many words I'm just a little excited .
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