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As an individual sport, you only need one other person to play. The idea of whacking a ball as a way to have some laughs is certainly true. Finding someone else who is looking to try it out is not hard to do. Sure, at first getting the ball over the net and hitting it back and forth will take some effort, but having some laughs at trying something new is part of the game..
Playing outdoors is easy. Most schools and parks have a court or two. If the court has a net and some lines you are good to go. Here is the best part: they are free for everyone. You don’t need a reservation or appointment. Just walk on and start hitting. Many tennis courts have a wall with a line painted at net height for individuals who simply want to bang it around for practice
If you belong to a golf or swim club, normally their members are not charged for the tennis courts. Check with your club for your specific rules. Indoor courts are usually part of clubs that charge for court time. But sometimes colleges have indoor courts the public can use for free if students are not using the facilities.
1. Consider buying a lighter weight (under 9.5 oz.) beginner racquet. Starting at around $25 for a kid’s racquet, beginners can pay as much as $150 (but most cost considerably less). They come in two categories:
2. Get the right grip size. Getting this right will save wear and tear on your elbow, arm and shoulder. Follow our advice on How to Measure Tennis Racquet Grip Size. Call us if you aren’t sure.
3. If you are making a bigger investment in equipment, some racquets are made with bigger head sizes and/or longer lengths making it easier to make contact and return the ball.These racquets also have bigger sweet spots making it easier to hit good shots.
Our Tennis Ball Buying Guide will tell you all you need to know. But here are a couple of quick tips:
Many people benefit from taking lessons. Many communities have free or low priced programs for beginners. Take advantage of free clinics. Tell a friend who is an experienced player of your interest. She/he will be happy to get out and hit with you. Sometimes, tennis clubs will have introductory programs to encourage new players to get in the game. Generally, you don’t have to be a member and costs are reasonable.There are jillions of videos on-line giving you incredible amounts of detail if that is what you want. There are also great tips and clinics on the Tennis Channel which can be seen on cable or by streaming. But the best way to learn is to grab a racquet and go out and hit.