|I work with adult students who want
to improve their skills and enhance their knowledge of this lifelong
SELF ASSESSMENT - SKILL CHART
This player has limited experience and is still working primarily on getting
the ball into play.
This player needs on-court experience. This player has obvious stroke
weaknesses but is familiar with basic positions for singles and doubles
This player is learning to judge where the ball is going although court
coverage is weak. Can sustain a short rally of slow pace with other players
of the same ability.
This player is fairly consistent when hitting medium paced shorts, but is
not comfortable with all strokes and lacks execution when trying for
directional control, depth, or power. Most common doubles formation is
This player has achieved improved stroke dependability with directional
control on moderate shots, but still lacks depth and variety. This player
exhibits more aggressive net play, has improved court coverage, and is
developing teamwork in doubles.
This player has dependable strokes, including directional control and depth
on both forehand and backhand sides on moderate shots, plus the ability to
use lobs, overheads, approach shots and volleys with some success. This
player occasionally forces errors when serving. Rallies may be lost due to
impatience. Teamwork in doubles is evident.
This player has begun to master the use of power and spins and is beginning
to handle pace, has sound footwork, can control depth of shots, and is
beginning to vary game plan according to opponents. This player can hit
first serves with power and accuracy and place the second serve. This player
tends to over hit on difficult shots. Aggressive net play is common in
I would suggest aiming for 3.5 to
4.0 levels. These are good levels
for social and competitive tennis.
When I was a USTA member and
played leagues and tournaments
back in the 1990's I was rated as
a 5.0 player. I bring lots of tennis
experience to the courts for your
private or semi-private lessons*.
Tennis is the best life-long sport
*semi-private means two people