I found a tennis racket at Good Will for only $2.50, and I bought a can of balls at Walgreen's. So I headed over to the Golden Gate courts, where there's a couple of practice walls.
At the wall I noticed that too often, I hit the balls over the fence. I kept at it for a while, and though it was fun, someone started practicing next to me and since I have so little control over the ball, I decided to leave him in peace.
The next morning I met with one of my new partners, Trish. We decided to practice hitting the ball back and forth without worrying about keeping score. It was a blast, and a few times we were able to keep the ball going back and forth for a while, which felt great!
Both of us tend to hit the ball too high and too far, so this weekend, when I'm meeting Joel for some practice, my goal is to think about where I intend the ball to go after I hit it, and to visually focus on the ball and my racket.
I love tennis!