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Advice please - tennis for the unco-ordinated!

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MrsBradleyJames Fri 12-Jul-13 14:26:51

I hope someone can son is ten, and for the first time ever he's been inspired by Wimbledon (thank you, Andy!) I am more than happy to take him along to a local club which has cheap membership if you just want to hit with your kid.
My son absolutely will not go to a kids club - he hates them. He wants to play with me.
So my question is, he has hypermobility and he is very, very unco-ordinated. His hand eye co ordination is not good at all - he will swipe at balls and miss them a lot!
Is anyone out there able to advise on games/exercises we could do that could help DS to enjoy his tennis and start really gently. I think it could be really good to help his hand eye coordination but I don't want him to get fed up and defeated before he makes any progress, which he has a tendency to do.
Thanks in advance for any advice!

slug Fri 12-Jul-13 14:48:44


MrsBradleyJames Fri 12-Jul-13 16:33:00 that is a good idea and quite embarrassing that I didn't think of that....thanks

MrsDoomsPatterson Fri 12-Jul-13 16:35:35

I'd buy some short tennis/touch tennis gear to start with: Smaller racquets, soft balls, perhaps a small net if you have the room?

buildingmycorestrength Sat 13-Jul-13 20:48:50

A couple of private lessons with a coach might be an idea, after you've had a go with swing ball and the odd knock around between yourselves.

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