Three Tips for Back to School Tennis

August 10, 2018

DJ Howard provides three tips for Back-to-School tennis.

Can you believe it? It’s that time of year when we have to start thinking about back to school stuff. Book bags, pencils, what classes to sign up for, who will be the homeroom teacher, plus much more- like back to school tennis!

For those of you participating in school tennis programs, you have additional stuff to think about. You don’t have much time left, so here are a few things to think about for back to school tennis:

  1. Have your racket restrung. If you haven’t had your racket strung with new strings since last season, they are due for replacement. GAMMA synthetic gut is a popular and good quality, low expensive option. Fresh strings will take away any excuse you may have for making an error due to poor string tension. It may take a few days for your local pro shop stringer to get your racket strung, so beat the rush and submit your racket to be restrung now!

P.S. Don’t forget a new over grip on your racket handle. I recommend the GAMMA pro overgrip.

  1. Play some challenge matches with friends or teammates. You need to get some quality repetitions prior to your first day of practice. What better way than to hit the courts with people you like or players of equal ability? Shake the rust off by getting back out onto the court and play some games and sets.


  1. Take a private lesson with a local tennis pro.

Again, this is about getting quality repetitions, but it’s also about tweaking your technique. Better technique produces better results, and a trained tennis pro can help you out. Your team coach will likely be happy you went to see a seasoned professional to make one of his/her students a bit better!

The end of summer is near! Back to school tennis is around the corner. I hope this advice helps you to get your best start to your upcoming tennis season!

Good luck!