So recently the hubs and I took up tennis. Neither of us with any real experience – my “experience” comes from being 14 and playing against a cement wall at our local rec center while my much more coordinated pals tried to teach me (thanks for nothin’ Chris and Vic! Just sayin…).
About eight years later, I took raquetball in college and nearly failed half in part because I often found myself too busy to go to the class with SGA and College Dems stuff and of course doing work for other classes that actually mattered and the other half because I’m afraid of balls hitting me and have zero hand eye coordination. Thankfully it was Pass Fail and I got a big fat P. It would have been a shame to not graduate because of a one credit raquetball course.
So today was our second match. We’ve been playing about once per week at the courts across the street from our apartment.
I’m going to preface this all by saying…Serena Williams I am not.
Lesson 1: Do not throw your racket.
Twice today on the courts I hit the ball with the edge of my racket and twice today the racket went flying out of my hand, half way across the court.
Lesson 2: Do not LOB the ball.
Fences are only so high and if you HIT the ball way too hard, it will go over the fence. And down the hill. That was all hubs.
Lesson 3: Hitting it over the net is always a plus
Contrary to “lobbing” it, you can also not hit it hard enough. Thus it’ll hit the net and you’ll lose your turn.
lesson 4: Tennis =/= volleyball
Spiking it gets you no where fast. After all we’re not Roger Federer. Though I would take tennis lessons from him ANY DAY.
I really enjoy tennis it’s fun, a great workout and I love the sun – not to mention I get to make use of some of my favorite lululemon gear from last summer (I’m looking at your Run: Energy skirt!) Really looking forward to Sunday’s long 5 miler followed either by time at the driving range or time on the court (followed by an afternoon next to the pool).
Anyone else a tennis “pro” and have any pointers for us two newbies?