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Tennis drills vs private instruction at the Paseo Club

April 8th, 2024 | 4 min. read

By Jen Azevedo

Whether you are a seasoned player or are just learning the sport, tennis is a great game for cardio fitness, balance, coordination, and strategic thinking.

Most players like tennis for the fitness and competitive elements. But if you want to advance your strokes, footwork, and positioning skills, it is essential that you work with a professional tennis coach.

A coach’s expertise will help you develop strength, endurance, and technique, accelerating your abilities much faster than practicing on your own or with friends. 

There are two primary avenues to connecting with a pro — drills or private instruction. The Paseo Club has several tennis pros with backgrounds in both competitive tennis and teaching. They teach tennis drills for all-level players and offer one-on-one lessons.

In this article, you will learn about tennis drills and private lessons — what they are, the benefits, costs, and who is the best fit for each option. Read on to learn what is the best method for you. 

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What is a tennis drill? 

A tennis drill is a group class conducted by a professional coach to a maximum of eight players. Drills are taught to specific skill levels so students can learn and play well together. 

Drill classes often begin with a racket warmup. Focus points follow, such as attack shots, volleys, on-the-run shots, or put-away shots. The coach sets up a couple of drills to work on the chosen area. Lastly, students have a chance for some match play with the others.

What are the benefits of tennis drills?

There are several benefits to joining a tennis drill at the Paseo Club.

  • Affordable
    Tennis drills at the Paseo Club are small group classes with a maximum of eight students. This instructor-to-member ratio allows you to get lots of personalized attention so you can enhance your skills, but it does not cost as much as one-on-one private lessons. If you purchase drills in a group package, the price drops, making them even more affordable. 
  • Meet Players
    Attending tennis drills at the Paseo Club helps you to meet other players of a similar skill set. This class environment fosters connection and camaraderie and can even lead you to find a new tennis partner.
  • Trained Instructors
    The Paseo Club instructors are experienced players and teachers. They are knowledgeable, skillful, and attentive — so you can have a great class each time.
  • Multiple Opponents
    When you attend a drill, you have match play against multiple opponents. Since every player is different, you learn how to respond to multiple unique styles and skills. 

comp_IMG_5307Is conditioning included in a tennis drill at the Paseo Club?

Conditioning is an essential part of playing any sport. It increases your power, cardio capacity, and endurance. 

The Paseo Club tennis drills do cover conditioning. Even the simplest drills can be constructed to give you the hardest possible time.  

Paseo Club members also have access to over 60 fitness classes taught each week, so many players take additional cardio, mobility, and/or strength training to boost their tennis game.

How many tennis drills are at the Paseo Club?

The Paseo Club offers fifteen tennis drills for all various levels, from starters through advanced 4.0+ players.

Who is the best fit for a tennis drill?

Anyone who wants to improve their skills in a focused group setting enjoys learning with others, and wants to be more conservative on their spending is a great fit for a tennis drill at the Paseo Club. 

What is the cost of a tennis drill at the Paseo Club?

Drills vary in price depending on the length of the class, the package purchase, and the instructor. 

  • 1-hour drills: $17-30 
  • 1.5-hour drills: $40 
  • 2-hour drills: $53 

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What is a private tennis lesson? 

A private lesson is where just one student is learning from one coach. The player gets undivided attention and can work on very specific situations or shots.  

What are the benefits of private instruction?

  • Repetition
    Tennis is a game of repetition, and you want to be able to rely on your shots in even the most stressful situations. Working with a pro 1-on-1 allows you to have lots of repetition since you are the only player. You hit tons of balls over and over again, improving your feel.  
  • Customized Lessons
    When you join a tennis drill, you are following the prescribed outline of a class. Learning from a private instructor opens the conversation about what you want to work on. The instructor can customize a training program based on your specific goals. 
  • Personal attention from the coach
    When you are a tennis coach’s sole student, you get their entire focus and attention. This dynamic allows them to assess every detail of your movements, so they can help you finetune all aspects of your approach. 

compressedIMG_6676 (1)Is conditioning included in a private lesson?

There is always an aspect of cardio and conditioning since tennis is a running sport. If you’re not running to the ball, you’re running in place, getting ready for the next ball.

Who is the best fit for private tennis instruction?

Anyone can benefit from taking private tennis lessons. 

It is certainly recommended for players who are just starting out. You will not get the same personal attention in a drill class with five other players.  

On the opposite side of the spectrum, players interested in competitive play should invest time and money into a coach to help them quickly advance their skills.

What is the cost of private tennis instruction at the Paseo Club?

The price per lesson depends on the coach, but typically it costs $75-$95 per hour.

compressedIMG-0608 (1)Tennis drills vs private instruction — and what is best for you

Tennis is a dynamic sport played all over the world by youth, teens, and adults. You can enjoy it as a casual sport to play with friends on the weekend or take it to a competitive level by joining local leagues.

Playing tennis with others is a great way to enjoy the game. But to truly improve your technique, it is best to make time to work with a professional coach. The Paseo Club has a comprehensive tennis program with several pros who teach members of all levels and ages drills and private lessons.

Learn more about our pros, see what drills they teach, and who can give you private instruction. Try combining group drills with private classes if you cannot decide what option you want to pursue. It is a great way to help you further your skills faster and allow you to meet and socialize with other players. 

If you would like private lessons but need to watch your budget, consider a 30-minute lesson instead of a 1-hour-long one, or grab a friend and sign up for semi-private lessons together. 

The smartest athletes always cross-train with weights and mobility exercises. Check out the Paseo Club’s group exercise and small group training programs. There are over 60 classes per week to choose from.
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Jen Azevedo

Jen Azevedo is a tennis professional, pickleball professional, personal trainer, group exercise instructor, and the general manager of the Paseo Club. She loves the community at the Paseo Club and that it is also a safe and fun place for her daughter. Jen’s favorite activities are joining her tribe for trail races or her partners for tennis matches. Occasionally Jen slows down to relax with a book — she reads over 100 a year!