Tag: Why learn a new sport

Improve your Tennis Game

There has been a huge influx of people taking up tennis during the lockdown, as outside sports were one of the first things to be allowed as restrictions eased. Here are some tips to help improve your tennis game, no matter your level.

Be Alert

You cannot prepare soon enough for the ball to be in your court. Keeping your eyes on the ball, your feet moving and turning your hips and shoulders before the oncoming ball bounces on your side will give you the best preparation to hit the ball.

Identify your opponent’s weaknesses. Every match should have a warmup beforehand. Use this time to not only get yourself ready to play, but also to test your opponent by hitting forehands and backhands to determine what they’re best or worst at returning. You can then strategize which shots will be best to use throughout the game.

Pull back on your serve speed. The serve is the most important shot in tennis, and that often means people think they need to wallop the ball as hard as they possibly can. Professionals however will only hit the serve at 80% velocity and focus more on accuracy. Setting up the serve correctly is more important than speed.

Stick with one pattern of play. Stop trying to get creative on court. An amateur player will scatter several types of shot, but the best players only have one or two patterns of play through a match, they always try to hit their strongest shots, they find that one pattern that works, and they stick with it.

One bounce policy

A great tip used by professionals is to never let the ball bounce twice. Always run for the ball straight away with the intention to hit it after one bounce, even if you think you have no chance to reach it.

Don’t pause to recover

So many players will hit the ball and then relax watching watch the ball fly to their opponent. A great tip to improve your tennis game is to hit and recover, then get straight back into position. However, during changeover, it’s important to keep up hydration and nutrition, by sipping water and taking a bite of an energy bar.






4 Reasons why you should learn a new sport

Every New Year brings with it new aspirations. Largely these revolve around fitness, and trying something new. Well, why not combine these particular goals by trying a new sport? Getting involved in a new sporty hobby has many benefits. To this end, we’ve put together a list of why you should learn a new sport, the number of benefits it leads to, and ultimately, why it’s the best way to reach your goals.

1. Make new friends

When trying anything new, you’re thrown into new situations with new people. This will eventually lead to new friendships. By signing up and learning a new sport – especially if its one you’ve been harbouring an interest for already – you’ll meet like-minded people with the same interest. You’re then put into team-building training scenarios, and maybe even matches, where a likely outcome is friendship. Team-based sports, such as Rugby, Hockey or Football, focus on you and your other team members working together. How well your team does largely counts on how successful you are as a team. This reliance, and relationship on the field, is naturally applied off the field too. Sport relies a lot on trust, a trait necessary for friendships. The two go hand in hand.

2. Learning something new

Learning anything new is exciting, not to mention good for you, and your brain. It challenges you, and improves cognitive functions. We, as individuals, are made to be challenged. It helps us problem solve, in addition to teaching us new skills. Our advice? Pick that one sport that you’ve always liked the idea of, and go for it, without holding back. You’re sure to make mistakes in the beginning (it’s the only way to learn) but it’ll leave you a more rounded, stronger person.

3. Getting yourself out of your comfort zone

Your comfort zone is what it says on the tin: comfortable. While sometimes, it’s great to be comfortable, it’s also great to step outside of this zone, and be uncomfortable. Stepping out will teach you to reimagine your comfort boundaries in addition to making you empowered. Two very good ripples! Learning a new skill, like a new sport, does exactly this. It lifts your spirits, and helps you get out of a rut, as well as widening your horizon.

4. It’s fun

Life can sometimes fall into periods of routine. By trying something new you add some much-needed zing to your life. By trying a sport you’ll be doing this in a healthy way, learning many new techniques, and with every game making friends. While the gym offers an environment for getting fit and healthy, it doesn’t offer an environment to play a game, and have fun while doing it.

While there are many reasons for you to try a new sport, namely, it’s a great way to improve your stamina, flexibility and general wellbeing. In addition, it helps you make new friends by learning something new – something which is well out of your comfort zone. All in all, it makes you a happier and healthier individual.