How young can you start training your
children to play tennis
I have train children as young as 4 or 5 to play tennis. Especially now with the Quickstart set up from USTA.
These are series of three levels of balls, the first series being very large and spongy type almost like a big sponge and they move very slow and most children can hit them. Also if they are hit hard they will not hurt anyone that gets hit by them. The beginning balls have a very slow bounce and allows younger students to be able to get the timing to hit them. Both on ground shots and volleys.
And remember earlier you start the student getting eye to hand coordination the better. Most people feel professional tennis players were born with this. This is incorrect. They have been hitting thousands of tennis balls from a very early age this allow them to develop it.
Remember your younger players only have a concentration span of 15 to 30 minutes max. So remember keep the practice is short and keep them fun. I try to make all my drills so the student is running and moving without them knowing it. They are concentrating on hitting the ball not the fact that they are running and sprinting.
So get your students and children out there as early as you can start hitting those tennis balls. It will really pay off as they get older and they will learn to love the sport of a lifetime