Getting the Most out of your Private Lessons

Last week’s tip focused on group lessons.  This week I will give you some insight into how to maximize your improvement during a private lesson.

In order to take full advantage of a private lesson, the tennis professional and the student should start by setting some goals.  Most often, people rely on the tennis pro to set these goals, which is a good start.  However, as a dedicated player, you should also understand what area of your game needs the most work, what personal goals you have for the long run, and share these with your instructor.  The pro can then take care of teaching the necessary concepts and helping you make the changes needed in order to reach these goals – whether they be short or long-term.

Now that you’ve set your goals and are working on them – feel free to ask questions during the learning process. Ask questions about things that are unclear – this will allow you learn and reap the full benefits of a tip or instruction. Other follow-up questions may include but not be limited to:

How exactly will this tennis concept or adjustment benefit me?

How soon can I expect to see results?

What challenges can I expect when I apply this new concept?

How do I go about overcoming these challenges?

What are the priorities for my game?

Any experienced, professional tennis instructor should be willing, able, and excited to answer these for you. An experienced tennis professional will also appreciate these questions and feedback as it leads to a much more interactive learning environment, and will allow them to better tailor their instruction and tips for your learning style.

Keeping these few tips in mind to get the most out of your private lessons will have you on your way to reaching your goals and becoming a better tennis player.

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