The Best Tennis Training Tools For Children (That Won't Break The Bank)

1 November 2021
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As a parent who loves their kids, you're going to be happy when your child finds a sport that they enjoy. As a parent who has to put food on the table and pay the bills, you hope that your child's new sport isn't going to break the bank. As such, you might wish that your child doesn't develop an interest in equestrian riding or yachting, meaning they'll start bugging you for a horse or a catamaran. You'll certainly be happy when your child starts playing tennis since this is a sport that won't empty your bank account.

A Lot of Children

The number of American children who regularly play tennis has stayed more-or-less the same over the last decade, with around 4.3% of kids playing the sport. That might not sound like a lot, but remember that applies to all American children. Happily, the tennis training equipment that will benefit your child isn't difficult to find, nor is it especially expensive. Aside from a racquet and some balls, you won't need to pay for additional pieces of equipment.

Foam It In

If your child is taking up a new sport, you should know that a tennis beginner should foam it in. Foam balls are a great idea for a beginner. While your child won't be reaching top serving speeds just yet, a fast-moving ball can still cause inadvertent injuries. Your child should start with foam balls, which move in essentially the same way as a standard ball, just a little slower. A slower ball avoids injuries until your child is more proficient, and it also allows them to work on their hand-eye coordination. 


You might think that a simple wall will be a valuable training tool, but there's a better way than just whacking a tennis ball at the nearest wall. The angle of impact, often in conjunction with the material of the wall and any imperfections in the wall's surface can make the trajectory of a rebound inconsistent, which can make it entirely unlike an actual opponent. A rebound net is a better bet, and is adjustable, allowing your child to tilt the net to adjust the speed and angle of the rebound. This is more like playing against an actual human, helping your child to improve their game.

Serve It

The tools that help a player improve their serve look suspiciously like a dog toy. These serve tools are essentially a handle connected to a rubber ball via a tether. You don't even need a racquet with these tools, and the grip shows the optimal placement for your child's hand. It replicates the hand motion required to properly serve a tennis ball with speed and accuracy. 

These inexpensive training aids allow your child to improve their game while not costing a lot of money. Of course, these tools are most beneficial if your child joins a team and receives regular coaching. Keep these tips in mind when looking for tennis training equipment near you.