[vc_row][vc_column][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]If you are fortunate enough to be a member of a good tennis club like Tennis World North Sydney then you have access to some top instructors and tennis coaches.
However, some people who have just started playing the game, or are not happy with their current tennis coach may wish to seek a new instructor.
Below is listed a few pointers in what you should look for when trying to locate one.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]
A coach should have passion for both the game and for teaching. Key questions you should ask yourself are:- Does your coach enjoy working with you? Is your coach interested in learning more about the game? Does your coach watch your games or care about how you do in matches?
Coaches normally are proficient at teaching, but does he have the passion to carry the message forward.
Qualifications / Certifications
Always look for some sort of professional qualification or certificate, check any coaches credentials. This is not a guarantee that the coach is any good but has the basics. There are different levels of accreditations and the higher they are then the more variety of advice your coach can give.
Even though these certificates really qualify someone to teach tennis, it is a good sign if your instructor took his time to achieve them and got plenty of practice on the court.
How well does your coach play himself? A coaches’ playing level does indicate that somebody has spent a lot of time on the tennis court. But being a good player does not necessarily mean they are a good coach. Some of the worst coaches are those who are ex-pro’s!
Teaching tennis is entirely different to playing. Just because somebody can play an ace does not mean he can teach how to hit an ace. A good playing level is helpful to teach higher level players and perhaps have game time together. Having said that if your coach has bad technique himself it is doubtful he can teach good technique.
In competitive tennis most coaches focus on either developing young players or slightly older ones that already know the basics and have fairly good technique. Club coaches and academy coaches often do the groundwork type work and teach the basics, they coach kids and new players how to get the fundamentals correct.
To select the correct coach for you then you must consider your current playing level. If you are fairly good then what you probably need is tweaks and learn tactics. If you are more of a beginner then you need to know the basics and starting blocks. So in essence, make sure you find the right coach for you, and enjoy your development.