Originally posted by sh76
I'm not a very good player and I'm not in great shape, but I enjoy the game and I'd like to pick your brains on 2 questions:
1. Right now, I'm using a $20 racket from Walmart. Assuming I'm willing to pony up a few extra bucks for a better racket. What should I look for? I'm looking mainly for control and for a forgiving racket. I do not need or have the skil ...[text shortened]... mething, say, a protein bar or some carbs or something before the game? If so, when?
Regarding your choice of rackets, I'd suggest visiting a tennis center and asking one of the teaching pro's. Those folks sometimes like to dispense advise. I wouldn't spend a penny on another racket however until you've wore out the one you have. As far as what to eat, I'd limit yourself to some water or Gatorade and 1/2 of a granola bar. As far as food goes, less is more when you're exercising.
A cool idea I found regarding tennis, is hitting the ball against a cement or brick wall if you can find one. The wall rewards accurate, consistent shots, and punishes bad one's.
The wall also make you a better player, and can get you in pretty good physical shape.
Your instincts are sound. Any sport that includes Maria Sharapova can't be all bad!