Effective Ways to Improve My Game as a 48-year-old Beginner/Intermediate?
I just joined TennisW and this is my first post. I am somewhere in that vast no-man's-land between tennis beginner and intermediate, and would like to know what those of you who are far more experienced than I am think are some effective ways to improve my game, considering my situation.
I am 48-years-old and have just recently discovered what a fabulous and fun game tennis is. I am very seriously hooked.
I guess it's just common sense that the most efficient way to improve is to get private lessons. And I will do that. But I am not independently wealthy, and work 12-hour days, so I will be limited to once-a-week lessons on the weekend, and maybe another couple of hours of playing time per week, if I am lucky.
My question is really how best to complement private lessons and actual playing time with a tennis partner who is at least moderately better than I am. Should I complete a few months, or a year, of private lessons, and then purchase a tennis ball machine (like Silent Partner or Tennis Tutor) to do repetitive drills, and some DVD tutorials, like those by Oscar Wegner?
Any suggestions would be sincerely appreciated!
"If at first you donít succeed, try try again. Then quit. No sense being a damn fool about it." W. C. Fields