As the hard court tennis season arrives to the US and Canada, tennis players start getting ready for the excitement of watching the best tennis players in the world play in our backyard. In the Northeast and the Midwest, golfers try to squeeze in a few more rounds before it gets too cold and kids go back to school. In the mean time, what should you, paddle player, do? You could do all of the above AND… prepare for the upcoming paddle season. How? Here is how.
GET A NEW PADDLE
Nowadays, new paddles (you should NEVER call it a paddle racquet because paddles don’t have strings) come with tons of grit. Since the sharpness of the holes and the grit allows for spin creation, when the grit comes off the paddle it is much harder to generate spin shots. How often should you replace your paddle then? While top pros use at least 2 paddles per season, most club players should change theirs every 2 years.
TAKE A LESSON FROM A PPTA PRO
It may have been overlooked by many but in the last few months an announcement was made that can (and probably will) change platform tennis for the better for years to come. The United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) announced the incorporation of the Professional Platform Tennis Association into the USPTA. While they work out all details, how can you get ready for the upcoming season? Signup for a paddle camp.
PLAY A TOURNAMENT
After you get your new paddle and get some lessons from a PPTA certified instructor, what’s next? Put it all together in tournament play.