Racquets range in weight, head size, grip size, balance and overall quality. If you plan on getting serious with the sport you should make the trip to a tennis specialty store to demo racquets and talk to a specialist. Most stores will even let you take racquets home to demo. If you are not wanting to spend a lot of money, but want a high quality racquet you can find great deals on Amazon. We like this Wilson racquet for players without a lot of racquet sport experience. If you’re confident with your hand eye coordination skills, you are better off with a smaller head size.
We strongly discourage buying the $20 to $30 racquets you can find at Target, Walmart, etc. Poor quality racquets can lead to injury and poor ball control. You also want to make sure the racquet is not too heavy or too light.
A heavy racket weighs more than 11 ounces (312 grams), midweight rackets weigh between 9.8 and 10.9 ounces (278 to 309 grams), and superlight rackets weigh between 9 and 9.4 ounces (255 to 266 grams). Generally, heavier rackets produce more power, less torque, and better control.
This player is Just starting to play tennis.
Has limited experience and is still working primarily on getting the ball into play.
Needs on-court experience. Has obvious stroke weaknesses but is familiar with basic positions for singles and doubles play.
Learning to judge where the ball is going although court coverage is weak. Can sustain a short rally of slow pace with other players of the same ability.
Fairly consistent when hitting medium-paced shots, but is not comfortable with all strokes and lacks execution when trying for directional control, depth or power. Most common doubles formation is one-up and one-back.
Has achieved improved stroke dependability with directional control on moderate shots, but still lacks depth and variety. Starting to exhibit more aggressive net play, has improved court coverage and is developing teamwork in doubles.
Has dependable strokes, including directional control and depth on both forehand and backhand sides on moderate shots, plus the ability to use lobs, overheads, approach shots and volleys with some success. Occasionally forces errors when serving and teamwork in doubles is evident. Rallies may be lost due to impatience.
Starting to master the use of power and spins and beginning to handle pace, has sound footwork, can control depth of shots and is beginning to vary game plan according to opponents. Can hit first serves with power and accuracy and place the second serve. Tends to overhit on difficult shots. Aggressive net play is common in doubles.
Has good shot anticipation and frequently has an outstanding shot or exceptional consistency around which a game may be structured. Can regularly hit winners or force errors off of short balls and can put away volleys, can successfully execute lobs, drop shots, half volleys and overhead smashes and has good depth and spin on most second serves.
Has developed power and/or consistency as a major weapon. Can vary strategies and styles of play in a competitive situation and hit dependable shots in a stress situation.
Generally do not need NTRP ratings. Rankings or past rankings will speak for themselves. The 6.0 player has obtained a sectional and /or national ranking.
The 6.5 player has extensive satellite tournament experience.
The 7.0 player makes his living from tournament prize money.
Please wear athletic clothes and flat soled tennis shoes. Bring a tennis racquet & water/sports beverage. If you do not own a tennis racquet & would like to borrow one, please contact us at least 24 hours before the camp. Borrowing a racquet is not a problem – we just need a heads up!
Our Beginner Camps are a great option. Experienced instructors will introduce you to strokes, footwork and basic strategy. In addition to group lessons, we recommend finding friends to hit with, private lessons, hitting on backboards, renting ball machines, watching YouTube videos and league play. Whatever you do, don’t get frustrated with your level of play. It takes time to develop all the necessary skills, strokes and strategy. Be dedicated to the process and play, play, play!
Classes meet unless of steady rain or temperatures below 48 degrees. In the event a class is cancelled, there will be a make-up class. We will always contact you by cell or email if the weather doesn’t permit class. If you a miss a class because of a person reason, make-ups are NOT guaranteed. Most classes offer different session options — the ability to register for 3 of 6 or 4 of 8 classes.
We do our best to keep the calendar updated!
Yes! We are always looking for awesome coaches to partner with. If you are interested in learning about coaching opportunities please send your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Flex Leagues are a great option for players wanting a flexible schedule and fun competition. We do not offer leagues, but our friends at LEAGUETENNIS offer great customer service and a convenient league format. Houston tennis leagues are offered in the Metro, Memorial, Katy, North Houston, Pearland and Sugarland area. LT’s administrator will match you up with players in your area so you don’t have to travel far!