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Beginners: Instruction and Equipment Advice for Easy Tennis Learning

Start playing tennis with instruction and advice for beginners on strokes, strategy, rules, terms, and equipment. These free lessons, tips on which racquet to buy, and many other resources will help you learn tennis easily.
  1. Beginners Get Started FAQ

Tennis Quiz for Beginners
This fun quiz covers the basics of tennis, such as positioning, scoring, serves, forehands, and backhands. It will grade itself and show you the correct answers where needed.

Simple Introduction to Tennis Scoring for Beginners
A simple introduction to the basic scoring and procedures for playing a tennis match: the system of points, games, tie-breaks, sets, and matches explained for beginners.

Photo Lesson: The Basic Serve
Stop-action photos illustrate this step-by-step lesson on how to hit the basic tennis serve, the essential elements of which you will keep as you learn the more advanced, spin serves.

Photo Lesson: The Basic Eastern Forehand
Stop-action photos illustrate this step-by-step lesson on how to hit the basic Eastern forehand, the easiest forehand to learn, yet one that's still the favorite of many advanced players.

Photo Lesson: The Basic Two-Handed Backhand
Stop-action photos illustrate this step-by-step lesson on how to hit the basic two-handed backhand, an easy stroke to learn, but one that many players have learned incorrectly.

Photo Lesson: The Basic One-Handed Backhand
Stop-action photos illustrate this step-by-step lesson on how to hit the basic one-handed backhand, the more beautiful and free-flowing of the backhands, but usually requiring more work to learn.

Tennis Grips FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions About Tennis Grips
Answers to your questions about Eastern, Western, Semi-Western, Continental, one-handed, and two-handed grips for forehands, backhands, serves, volleys, and overheads, whether hit flat, slice, or with topspin.

Photo Tour of the Forehand Grips
Close-up photos of each major forehand grip, with comments on strengths and weaknesses.

Photo Tour of the Two-Handed Backhand Grips for Tennis
Close-up photos of the most common two-handed backhand grips for tennis, with comments.

Photo Tour of the One-Handed Backhand Grips - Eastern Continental and Western
Close-up photos of the Full Eastern, Modified Eastern, Continental, and Western one-handed backhand grips for tennis, with comments on their strengths and weaknesses for topspin, slice, and flat backhands.

Basic Serving FAQ
Answers to your questions about the basics of serving in tennis, including stance, toss, point of contact, and the serve swing.

Buying a Racquet for a Beginner
How to choose the right racquet for a beginner, based on price, power, materials, weight, length, and balance.

Buying the Right Length Racquet for a Junior Player
How to choose the right length, based on age, size, strength, and experience.

Finding Your Grip Size
An accurate measurement of the proper grip size for your tennis racquet.

The First Strokes to Learn in Teaching Yourself How to Play Tennis
Which strokes to learn first as you use free, photo-based lessons to teach yourself how to play tennis.

Parents FAQ
Answers to questions from tennis parents about lessons for their kids, choosing a racquet or a good pro, practicing, motivating, and more.

Winning Tennis Singles Strategies at the Beginner Plus Level
How to win more tennis matches with better strategy at the beginner through early intermediate levels.

Top Five Mistakes of Inexperienced Tennis Competitors
Learn to avoid these five common mistakes in tennis strategy and stroke selection.

Basic Eastern Forehand Video with Analysis
Video clip of a classic eastern topspin forehand, with instructional comments on key points of grip, stance, power production, and swing path.

Tackling the Temperamental Toss
Why the service toss can be tricky and how to make it reliable.

Top Six Instructional Tennis Books
The best tennis books covering strokes, strategies, doubles, drills, and conditioning

One-Handed Topspin Backhand on Low Ball - Video and Analysis
Video clip of a classic topspin backhand on a low ball, using an Eastern backhand grip, with instructional comments on key points of grip, stance, power production, and swing path.

Have Some Real Fun Playing Tennis With a Beginner
A drill sequence and game for a beginner and advanced tennis player.

Be Fun to Have On Court
Some commonly neglected points of tennis etiquette.

Buying an Adult Racquet
How to choose the right tennis racquet.

Finding the Right Lessons for Kids
Which type of tennis lesson will my kid enjoy most? In which will he/she learn fastest?

No Experience Required
A step-by-step progression of hitting drills that two beginners can use to learn to rally together.

Teaching Tennis to Young Beginners
How to get young beginners off to a fun, successful start in tennis, using easy stroke progressions and the right kinds of drills and games.

Simple Guide to Forehand Grips
An easy way to compare the Continental, Eastern, Western, and Semi-Western forehand grips.

Comparison of Backhand Grips
Understanding the Continental, Eastern, Western, and two-handed backhand grips.

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