It’s January, and that means that the tennis season has officially kicked off. As the pros travel to Australia to contest the first slam of the year, we have a chance to see if any of them improved in any area. Their off-season is over; however, club players have a great chance to tweak any kinks in their respective games. Whether it’s a faulty backhand or a destructive mindset, there are things that you can do to improve your game before the ice thaws.
Get In Shape
This is the time to get in better shape. Tennis requires a high level of physical fitness to be successful. It doesn’t matter if your forehand is great if you can’t play a whole match. The pros work tirelessly to make sure their bodies are in tip top shape. If you want to run the club competition scene, fitness needs to be a priority.
Use this time to fortify your fitness. Run on the treadmill, hit the gym, do whatever you like the most to get your body in shape. Most underestimate how important fitness is. It helps you to focus better during matches. If you leave this vital component out, the rest of your game will crumble.
Make sure that you include exercises and conditioning that will translate to the tennis court. Footwork drills, fast breaks, and suicides will help you in the long run when it comes to moving on the tennis court.
If your forehand gave you fits during the playing season last year, now is the time to firm it up. Perhaps you might want to go and get some indoor tennis lessons with a professional. They would be able to help you tweak your shots without the pressure. You don’t want to tweak shots while you are playing seriously.
Also, this is a very good time to pull out a new racket. It will allow you to get used to playing with it so that it will be second nature by the time you start playing matches.
Talent wins points, but strategies win matches. Take the time to sit and watch professional players while you’re gearing up to play in the spring. Now, if a pro is playing someone that is barely on the radar, strategies don’t really matter. Their game alone is enough. However, on the club scene most people are around the same skill level. The person you beat today may just beat you tomorrow. You’ll learn that in the matches that matter most, it’s the person with the game plan that come out on top.
Use this time to think about what your strengths and weaknesses are. Decide on a game plan that amplifies your talents while protecting your vulnerable points.
If you keep focused on these during the winter months, you will come out of the blocks come spring time with an advantage over the rest.