If you’re a recreational player who likes to just go out periodically and have fun, nothing wrong with that, keep doing it. But don’t read the rest of this post.
If, on the other hand, you are a more serious and passionate player, enjoy competition, and want to continue to improve your game, then read on.
You must have a tennis plan.
Like any good plan, your tennis plan should begin with goals. Be specific and realistic. And be sure to include clear timelines for what you want to achieve. Break it down into simple, more manageable steps. In my experience, the most efficient improvement in tennis comes from focusing on one or two things at a time. The mind can only program so much at a time.
Importantly, in my opinion, a good tennis plan should include elements of all aspects of the game. In other words, you may want to include some things related to education, some things related to technique, some things related to strategy, some things related to nutrition and fitness, developing strengths, correcting common mistakes, and so on. Adding a social component can be a good idea too, meeting some wonderful people is a big part of the sport.
Finally, be sure to revisit your plan every six months or so. Make notes about your progression, and fine tune the future plan where it makes sense.
As the saying goes, if you don’t know where you’re going any road will take you there. Good luck!