One of my all-time favorite tennis games! It helps with footwork, eye-hand coordination, contact point, and ball placement. This game is played in short court, hence the name "mini". Doubles can be played with the alleys, singles without.
Both players start close to the net. Whoever has the ball(the server) starts it(you can also choose to alternate starts). The server places the ball on top the center strap, or the middle of the net if there is no strap. Then taps the net and lets go of the ball. Once the ball falls, the point starts.
-NO volleys! You HAVE to let the ball bounce!
-NO hitting hard! Angle the ball, so you make your opponent run.
Numbered scoring. First person/team to seven(7) points wins. Can be done straight up, or win by 2.
Getting Started in Tennis – Equipment
Starting something new is always fun and exciting, BUT if we go in not knowing anything beforehand, it can change our outlook on the activity. Tennis is a very independent sport. You are playing against an opponent on the other side of the net and your success hinges on your ability to hit the tennis ball over the net consistently and accurately. Of course physical and mental ability plays a big part; but so does equipment. The main reason for having the right equipment when learning tennis is injury prevention. Using improper racquets or shoes can lead to simple injuries like wrist/elbow pain and a sprained ankle to more serious injuries like tennis elbow, a slew of shoulder injuries, or planter fasciitis. With that in mind, let’s dive in to what you will need to get started playing tennis!
It is very important to have the right grip size when selecting a tennis racquet. Having a grip too small or too big will hamper your ability to hold on to the racquet, causing you to have to expend extra grip strength. Using the wrong grip for you is also a common culprit to wrist and elbow injuries. In general, there should be about a pinky’s width of space between the end of your fingertips to the end of the palm. If you have more of a traditional/classic style(meaning you use the continental grip for every shot), then an index finger’s width of space would be fine, BUT no more. Here are a few pictures that depict the proper grip size.
Low compression tennis balls are the BEST way to teach young kids the great game of tennis! Because the balls are two-toned, bounce lower, and travel through the air much slowly, it allows kids to follow the ball much EASILY. This makes it so that kids can achieve success more often, making it more FUN, and sticking with the game longer. They are also great for adults who are learning the game.
A lot of times, people ask me to re-grip their racquet. I am always happy to do it for them, since it is easy. AND here, I’ll show you how it is done. I am putting on an overgrip here, but it is same concept for a replacement grip as well.