I have over 25 years experience of teaching the joy of playing tennis to people of all ages and levels. The first thing I emphasize is to have fun. If you have a particular need, I will do my best to accommodate you, whether it is about a shot, technique or strategy. I offer private, semi-private and group lessons. I have played tennis for 45 years in numerous tournaments at the amateur level and competed in leagues and challenge ladders.
I get a thrill out of solving a person's problem(s) with their game and seeing their enthusiasm. I have taught many people of different ages and abilities over the years from different "walks of life" and it never gets old for me.
Otis is an excellent instructor. He has helped my tennis game greatly and is fun to work with. Otis is extremely flexible too. I look forward to our upcoming lesson.
Usually I spend a coiuple of minutes getting to know the student's tennis background and then I ask them what is their goal for the day. Once that is established, I observe their technique and see what they are doing right and what they need to change (if anything). At the half way mark, we take a water break (sooner if it is warm) and get their feedback on how they are progressing before continuing or moving on to something else. At the conclusion of the lesson, I summarize what we have done and offer suggestions on how to maintain what we have covered.
I have played tennis for 45 years in leagues, tournaments (amateur) and for fun. I am a USPTA certified instructor that has taught tennis for the last 25 years to people of all ages and ablities from 6 year olds to 90 years old. I have done mostly private lessons, but also have done quite a few semi-private and group lessons. I have also been trained for tennis instruction for people in wheelchairs and junior development.
I teach private lessons for $60.00 per hour, semi-private lessons for $70.00 per hour and group lessons for $80.00 per person for four one hour sessions. I have also done drop-in drills for $20.00 per person for one hour.
My Manager/mentor Jim Schmidt told me I should start getting students for lessons before he retires so I might get his position. It wasn't long before I had a good amount of new students, a number of them that became regulars for quite awhile. I kept a lesson journal for every student so I got to know their style of play and chart their progress. Teaching tennis has been very fufilling for me as I see my students and former students on the court having fun.
I have had beginners of all ages,elementary, junior high and high school students, college players, ex-pro players in tennis and soccer, housewives on league teams and senior players. A lot of beginners that never had lessons before and quite a few players that had laid off for a number of years that missed the game and wanted to get back on the court.
I had a six year old girl that was going from hitting as a two-handed left handed backhand to switching to a two-handed right backhand and if that wasn't enough, she hit some one-handed forehands and backhands on both sides! I asked her "Franchesca, are you right-handed or left-handed'? She just shrugged her shoulders and said "I don't know"! That girl got a lot of shots back by the way.
I would advise them to take the time to practice between lessons so they have more time to establish their timing, depth perception and consistancy. This will give them a chance to evaluate their ability and develop more confidence while playing.
The first question is "Am I having fun?". If the student is having fun, then they are going to be more willing to take the time to get better. The next question is "What am I going to do with my game?". Do I want to get enough basics to hit every once in awhile or do I want to see how far I can go? Once that is figured out, they should ask themselves "Will I make time for this?".