All tennis students should be trying to learn tennis the modern way, which is by getting an image of a stroke, then do shadow swings and after that use repetitions and adjust their swing after every shot, until the stroke is develop, now let’s break each one of these aspects down.
Get the image- the first thing students should be doing before they do anything else, is get a clear image of the stroke they want to develop in their minds first, what student don’t know is the clearer the image, the faster the stoke will develop!
Shadow swings- now the student needs to practice some shadow swings for about 10 minutes, also they should be picturing themselves hitting the perfect shot while doing this. The more they can feel it at this stage of the process, the better they will feel the stroke.
Repetitions- time to start hitting some balls, students need to be focused on adjusting their swing after every shot, make sure you are breathing too, exhale at contact, then take a deep breath after every shot.
The great thing about repetitions is that, if you keep adjusting your swing, the stroke will actually develop on it’s own! All you need to do is get out of your own way.
And that’s the secret to learning tennis the modern way, it’s a 1,2,3 step process that few coaches use and you need to start using.
Note, if at any time your stroke starts to break down during the repetition stage, go back to your shadow swings and the same applies with them, make sure that the image you have is clear and fresh in your mind.
The idea here with learning the modern way is to go back to a previous step when need be.
If you are wondering how long this will take, well, that depends on your ability to focus, student who keep the right attitude and mindset, discover their stroke more faster then others do.
Which means that, only you can answer the above question, but I will leave you with this to meditate on, as a famous coach once wrote.“When the student is ready, the stroke will appear”!