The 6 Benefits of Taking Lessons from a
CERTIFIED TENNIS INSTRUCTOR
1. THE STANDARD METHOD – Certified Tennis Instructors adhere to proven,
basic, standardized tennis technique involving standard steps, progressions, grips, and footwork, as well as positioning and
movement of the Instructor and students during the tennis lesson. Superior Instructors are also adept at varying the
Standard Method slightly, by adding more depth, to accommodate each student’s individual level, age, and degree
2. PROGRESSIVE TEACHING METHOD – This teaching method involves breaking
down complex stroke technique into a simple progression of easy-to-learn steps where the next step is introduced only when
the student has assimilated each of the preceding steps. During tennis lessons, it’s very important to keep students
success-oriented, motivated, and avoid overwhelming them by giving them too many steps to learn at one time. Generally, one
step at a time is enough, and certified Tennis Teachers know when it’s the best time to introduce the next step during tennis
3. PROGRESSIVE LENGTH METHOD – Rapid results are best produced by positioning
younger children and adult beginners closer to the net, progressively moving them backwards towards the baseline. Savvy Instructors
know when a student has achieved enough success at their previous location to warrant moving the student back.
4. COMPETENT HITTING SKILLS – Certified Instructors pass a demanding
hitting test that includes the following 22 shots: (1) FH topspin groundstroke, (2) FH sliced approach, (3) FH volley, (4)
FH half-volley, (5) FH sliced lob, (6) FH topspin lob, (7) FH drop shot, and (8) FH rally; (9) BH topspin groundstroke, (10)
BH sliced approach, (11) BH volley, (12) BH half-volley, (13) BH sliced lob, (14) BH topspin lob, (15) BH drop shot, (16)
BH rally, and (17) Two-handed BH; (18) Flat serve, (19) Sliced serve, (20) Topspin serve; (21) Overhead, and (22) Volley rally.
5. SUPERIOR ERROR DETECTION & CORRECTION SKILLS – Certified Instructors
excel at improving a student’s technique because every instructor has passed a demanding test involving quickly detecting,
diagnosing, and correcting an ever-changing group of 18 technical errors.
6. SUPERIOR BALL-FEEDING SKILLS – Many Instructors are adept at feeding
tennis balls one at a time to students. Certified instructors, however, are also adept at "Double-Rhythm Ball-Feeding" which
involves feeding balls more quickly and more often, providing even greater activity and fun during the tennis lesson.