Choosing the right Tennis club for you is the first step to a great Tennis experience

There’s lots of factors to consider when you’re choosing your first Tennis club. Depending on what you’re looking for and where you live there’s many different considerations. Here are some of the most pressing.

What are the court surfaces?

It's one thing if you play tennis for sport and for exercise, but quite another if you plan to compete. Competition venues have different types of courts that affect your game, so if you want to get into competitive tennis, you'll want a club that at least has the two main types of courts: hard and clay. Hard courts allow the ball to move faster, while clay slows the ball down and makes it bounce higher. If you want to be competition-ready, you should have your game down on both surfaces. And of course you need a club giving you those options.

Is the Tennis pro any good?

Most tennis pros are skilled tennis players, but not all are great teachers, which is a big part of a good pro's job. Before signing up for pricy lessons, you should find out if they're rating and certification, and then find out what their association and ranking is. However, it also depends on your repore with them that can sometimes be more important than their skills. You'll also want to find out how long they have been teaching, the ages and levels of play of their students and what kind of clubs they've worked for. Teaching at summer camp is quite different than working for a year-round tennis club. You should also ask people you know about the clubs they belong to and the lessons they’ve had to get a better idea of what you can expect.

Do you need children’s programmes?

If you have kids and want to make the club a family activity, then you'll want to make sure the club you choose has a well-developed children's program. Lessons should range from beginner to advanced and in case your kid turns out to be the next Nadal, there are also programmes to get them competition-ready. Even if there aren't ambitions to go pro, tennis camps are great summer thing for kids who have shown that they have some skills. Not only will this get your kids active but it will give you uninterrupted time to concentrate on your game. And let’s face it, when you’re a parent getting some time for you is mighty important!

Are you only interested in Tennis?

Specialty clubs are nice if you're only interested in playing tennis, but a club with more choices may be a better family-friendly pick. As we mentioned before, many community tennis clubs are paired with a swimming pool, which is always great for kids in the summer. Or, if you and your spouse enjoy spending time on the links, there are golf and tennis clubs, too. Most clubs have good websites, so you can get good information before setting up an appointment to visit. And many will let you try it out to see if it’s the right fit.

How much do you want to spend?

As with any membership purchase, price is always a factor. Fortunately, prices for tennis clubs run the gamut. You have your community clubs that consist of private tennis courts, a tennis pro and sometimes a swimming pool that are more on the affordable side. Add more services like golf and restaurants and the price tag will climb. Prices can skyrocket when you get to the big country clubs that come with a pro shop, all of the amenities and even spa services.