Every player at any age wants to play better tennis, no matter what level they have attained there is always room for improvement. No matter what your current skill level is at or how good you can hit shots, the biggest advance is in learning the technique and tactics.
Tennis is a complicated game with many facets including tactics, technique, mental and footwork plus of course the physical element.
A combination of all these elements is required and you might find you are stronger in some of the disciples than others.
Here are some tips that will aid you in improving your game.
Improve Your Strokes
In order to improve it is quite common that you have to break your current habits, and this also relays to shots. To improve your stroke play you may have to change fundamentals such as footwork, stroke technique or even your mental approach.
Sometimes the learning process can be really tough as it involves repetition. Rather than just performing drill after drill to get your brain to accept new information, it is far better to play as much tennis as you can.
Competition alleviates boredom, and therefore keeps your interest keen and you will strong.If you do have to go down the road of repetition then make sure it is quality repetition.
This means practising a stroke with the right technique over and over again till it becomes natural and ingrained in the brain.
It is not always by adding that you can improve, deleting mistakes will also improve your game. But old habits may be hard to break, as they are instilled in your brain and have been by good repetition exercises.
You must work on eliminating mistakes, this may mean playing a little more reserved and a couple of percent under your normal level. Stand back and take your foot off the gas whilst you iron out problems with your technique.
Practise, Practise, Practise
The art of tennis improvement lies in hard work and plenty of quality practise. Set goals to achieve in every session, know what you want to get from every session and log the results.
If your method of practise is wrong then you will be practising for no reason, log comparisons in your play and look for improvements. If there are none then change the way you are practising. The only true way of playing better tennis is through setting objectives through a specific path.
Of course any improvements you wish to make will probably be done in conjunction with your tennis coach at your local tennis club. Discuss with him prior to training what your objectives are and what you want to take away from the session.