Finding a good tennis coach can be a difficult task as depending on where you live you may be limited to the tennis pro at your local tennis club.
However, if you live in a city or if you are willing to travel then your options are likely to be greater.
This article will look at ways to find a good tennis coach and at some of the things you should look out for when trying to decide whether a tennis coach can help improve your tennis game.
How to find a Good Tennis Coach?
Your local tennis club or tennis academy will have at least one tennis coach so it is often the first place people look, however you may not be lucky enough to have a good tennis coach at your local club.
One of the best ways to find out whether the local tennis pro is any good is through recommendations from fellow tennis players (especially those who are playing at the same level as you) as if they were happy with the coach, the chances are you will be too.
If you find that your local tennis pro isn’t a good fit for you then you may have to go further afield to find a good tennis coach.
One of the best ways to find one is by using one of the many Online Tennis Coach Directories.
4 Best Online Tennis Coach Directories
You have a number of different options when it comes to finding a tennis coach online including Play Your Court, USTA Pro, My Tennis Lessons, and Find Tennis Lessons, to name just a few.
1. Play Your Court
Play Your Court is an online tennis community that helps connect tennis players with top tennis coaches, by helping you to find the best tennis coach for you based on your age, level, and where you live.
More information is available on the Play Your Court website.
2. USTA Pro
USTA Pro is a searchable database of USTA Certified coaches based in the USA. You can filter the database by the state the coach is based in, their nationality, or their specialization e.g. technique, motivation, Nutrition, etc…
More information is available on the USTA Pro website.
3. My Tennis Lessons
My Tennis Lessons is a large online directory of tennis coaches based in the United States.
My Tennis Lessons has a very professional-looking website and I like how they give a short bio and student testimonials for each of the coaches.
More information is available on the My Tennis Lessons website.
4. Find Tennis Lessons
Find Tennis Lessons is another tennis coach directory that lets you search for tennis coaches in your local area.
More information is available on the Find Tennis Lessons website.
What To Look For In a Tennis Coach?
1. Look for a Qualified Tennis Coach
You may find this awkward to ask but it is important to find out whether a tennis coach is certified by the USTA or some other appropriate body.
Being certified doesn’t guarantee that they are any good but at least it is a sign that they have a certain level of knowledge and experience.
2. Look for a Tennis Coach with good knowledge and experience
When looking for a tennis coach, I usually like to see that they have at least 3 years but ideally more than 5 years of coaching experience.
3. Look at the Tennis Coach’s own standard of play
Although a coach can be a better instructor than they are a tennis player, I believe it is a good idea to pick a tennis coach that is at a level that you strive to reach.
At the very least, they should be at a 4.5 level or above as if they are at a lower level, then this usually means they have not mastered the core techniques in tennis.
4. Look for a Tennis Coach that is open to new methods and technologies
One of the best ways to improve your tennis is by using video analysis of your strokes as it is often hard to know what exactly you are doing wrong when you hit a tennis ball.
Watching your stroke on video can help identify what you are doing wrong with your stroke.
For the above reasons, I believe it is important to select a tennis coach who is open to using technology to improve a player’s game.
5. Look for a Tennis Coach with a good track record
You should look for a tennis coach that has a good track record of achieving whatever you are trying to achieve e.g helping a 4.0 player get to the 4.5 level.
If they have a track record of doing this with other players then it is more likely that they will be able to help you achieve it too.