I like to tell my students that if they can kick the ball over the net and onto the court they are good
If they can hit the tennis ball over the net and onto the court, and land it where they want to, I’m going to sit down and watch them play.
If they can hit the tennis ball over the net and onto the court, and land it where they want to, and do it with varying spin and power, I’ll buy a ticket to sit and watch them to play.
In tennis, hitting with great power is fun, but control of the ball is much more important. Anyone who wants to learn to play tennis should focus on mastering the 5 elements of controlling a tennis ball. This will result in the ability to vary your shots to suit any situation.
The first obstacle that any tennis player must face is the net. For a shot to be successful, he must first clear the net before landing on the field. Beginner tennis players should focus on cleaning the 5 to 8 foot net on all of their strokes from the baseline.
In general, a ball that lands deep in the court is a better shot than a ball that lands short. However, there will be times when you want to deliberately hit the ball short. Beginner tennis players should practice placing their strokes at different depths on the court. Remember that where the ball lands is directly related to the height of the ball. Height equals depth.
After mastering height and depth, I recommend beginner tennis players to move on to mastery of direction. Don’t be too complicated here. Just try to aim each ball to the left or to the right.
After you’ve mastered hitting the tennis ball with different heights and at different depths and directions, it’s time to move on to the spin. Learning to spin the ball is certainly a more advanced concept and a clear sign that you are taking your tennis player to the next level. You can hit a tennis ball with topspin, backspin, sidepin, or relatively no spin.
It is the last element of ball control in tennis. A player should only move on to hitting a tennis ball with power after learning the previous elements and how they can be combined to create a variety of strokes.
Mastering the 5 elements of ball control takes a lot of practice. This is what separates good players from elite players. I suggest beginning tennis players to focus on the top three in order. Practice hitting the tennis ball over the net, on the court, put it where you want. Then you can work on a tennis ball with spin and power. After that, who knows, maybe someone will buy a ticket to watch you play.