Tennis For Children

Tennis 4 Children: The Wall

Tennis 4 Children: The Wall

Mitch Hedberg once joked that no matter how good he got at tennis, he’d “never be as good as a wall.”  In some ways he was right, but in others he was terribly wrong! 

 

We can learn from his comment however. Let’s consider why he believed that a wall was so good at tennis:

 

Pros:

*   A wall never misses

*   A wall never tires

*   A wall can hit a ball as hard (or as soft) as you can

 

Cons:

*   A wall cannot move to run down a sharp angle

*   A wall cannot decide how hard (or how soft) to hit the ball

*   A wall cannot change it’s gameplan!

 

In this case, a wall just may be the most consistent hitting partner a tennis player could ever ask to have.  I remember as a kid, driving my parents absolutely bonkers hitting a tennis ball against the garage door.

 

Bang.

         Bang..

                  Bang…

                           Bang….

 

I really don’t understand how (or why) they put up with it but they did.  And I am thankful for their patience.  I learned consistency, focus, patience and even a bit of humility as I knew there was no other option except that I miss a shot before the wall did.  The wall was simply relentless!

 

The harder I hit the ball, the harder it came back. When I displayed some ‘touch,’ the wall would respond in kind.  The wall was patient enough to play with me when I was only 4 years old, and is still good enough (barely) to handle me now.

 

Therefore, whether you are a “weekend warrior” type of adult player, a tournament level junior player or even a 4 year old with a knack for repetition, the wall might just be the most consistent hitting partner any tennis player could ever ask to have!

 

Good luck, and remind your child of Rule #1 for Ankle Biters Tennis:

 

*   Never try to hit the ball with your face!