What is Progressive Tennis?
“Progressive Tennis introduces the sport of tennis in a fun and interactive way and ensures immediate success for young players aged 5-10. Using modified tennis balls, racquets, nets and courts, young players are properly equipped to enjoy rallies and learn the fundamentals of the game early on. Skills are developed much quicker, allowing for an easy transition to full court.” – Tennis Canada
How Can YOU Use Progressive Tennis?
In the spirit of this blog being a resource on how to teach tennis on a budget – the only purchase that is absolutely necessary are the modified tennis balls. The types of modified tennis balls include:
- Sponge balls
- Red ball: Low compression ball
- Orange ball: 50% slower ball
- Green ball: 25% slower ball
In my blog post, 5 Reasons Your Child Should Be Playing Tennis, I touched on the benefits tennis can have for a child’s physical developmental. The use of modified tennis balls supports the development of hand-eye coordination because they travel slower and bounce lower than regular tennis balls. It makes learning tennis a more positive experience as they will be more successful.
For readers of this blog I would recommend purchasing the red, low compression balls. Using the sponge balls is more challenging on public tennis courts as the rough court surfaces damage the balls quickly. In addition to better durability, kids often prefer the red balls because they look like “real” tennis balls.