I am a USTA 4.5 Tennis Player in Dallas, TX. I found tennis when I was 30 in a serendipitous and random way. Browsing the internet on a weekend where you have nothing to do, can lead to good and happy things ! For me, it happened to be a chance landing on the webpage of my local community tennis center where a ‘Beginners-2’ group lesson was happening during the summer.
Learning a new skill as an adult is tough in any field and so I endeavored to learn the mysteries of the top spin and how you can swing fast & hard at the tennis ball and yet land it within the boundaries of the tennis court, a true marvel to me when I started. As I was learning the basics of 3 things you need to get started – forehand, backhand and serve, I realized it is not as easy as it seems to be consistent.
At first sight, it seems quite easy, how hard can it be to hit the tennis ball over the net. The physics/mechanics of the shots are the same for everyone, the same stuff is taught by all coaches though packaged in different ways.
This led me to wonder, then why can’t everyone play the same way and be consistent. This my friends is where the laws of the universe step in. Each individual is different. The same forehand played by 2 individuals can land on the other side at a different spot, with different spin and different pace.
Ultimately, what it comes down to is the differences in the following aspects,
- Lifestyle (here’s where individuals start diverging even more, especially adults)
- The enigmatic and obscure factor called by many as – ‘passion’, what makes you go for potatoes rather than broccoli.
My goal for this blog is to explore and share what I find in all the above 6 areas as I learn to play ‘CONSISTENT TENNIS’.