Anyone can pick up a racket and hit a ball…
With a few tries at least.
But to really understand the fundamentals, and especially the advanced tactics of tennis, having lessons is a must.
But, with that said, how much are tennis lessons?
Which is a good question, and one with a few caveats (more on that shortly).
We’ve done a study of 30 different clubs and coaches in the US and found the average price of adult private and group lessons to be:
- The average price of private adult lessons: $75 an hour
- The average price of group adult lessons: $27 an hour
Let’s take a look at some of the factors that affect the price of a tennis lesson.
Factors That Affect the Price of Tennis Lessons
Group VS Private
Firstly, whether the lesson is 1 to 1, or a group lesson is going to have a big impact on the price. We found that on average, a private lesson is going to cost over double the price of a group lesson.
This is largely because the lessons run for the same time, but instead of 4 people paying, there is only one. For this to be worth the instructor’s time, they’ll need to charge a higher rate for a private lesson.
Plus, the quality of private lessons tends to be higher, as the private student will have the sole attention of the coach. Typically, the better quality something is, the more you have to pay.
The fee for equipment hire and the court itself will also be built into the price, which will fall directly on the private student, again increasing the price per lesson.
Level of Coaching
The level of coaching offered in a lesson is typically determined by the experience and qualifications of the instructor. Whether they’re a recreational, USPTA, or PTR qualified will have a direct impact of the price of the lesson.
For our study, we found the prices of the Staff Professional coach, which are usually aren’t the most expensive, nor are they the cheapest.
The location of the lesson itself will also impact the price. This is largely connected to the level of coaching, as the more prestigious a venue, the higher quality of coaching will be offered.
That said, a group hour lesson at a local recreational club will usually cost around $15-25 an hour.
Compare this to a country club or resort, the cost will likely be around $30-$60 for a similar group lesson. It’s also worth noting that some country clubs don’t even offer group lessons.
Length of Lesson
Of course, the length of the lesson will largely impact the price. The length of tennis lessons ranges from half an hour to an hour and a half.
The longer the lesson, the more it will cost.
It’s also worth mentioning that ordering a bulk of lessons in one go usually decreases the price per lesson by around 10%-15%.
Adults or Child Lessons
Generally speaking, child lessons tend to be cheaper than adult lessons. This is largely because most child lessons are in groups, cater to lower level players, and often run for 45-minutes.
How Much Do Tennis Lessons Cost: The Numbers
So, how much is it going to cost for a tennis lesson?
Due to the number of different variables that we just discussed, we thought it would be a good idea to narrow down our criteria.
When looking at the various prices, we cut our search down to the following:
- 1-hour lessons
- For adults
- At recreational clubs (we did not include country clubs in our search).
- Club professional coach
In total, we looked at 30 different clubs and coaches and found the following. You can find a list of these at the bottom of the article.
We found that:
- The average price of a group lesson is $27 an hour.
- 10% of clubs offered group lessons for $19 or less an hour.
- 80% of clubs offered group lessons for $20-$39 an hour.
- 10% of clubs offered group lessons for more than $40 an hour.
We found that:
- The average price of a private lesson is $75 an hour.
- 10% of clubs offered private lessons for $40-$59 an hour.
- 53% of clubs offered private lessons for $60-$79 an hour.
- 23% of clubs offered private lessons for $80-$99 an hour.
- 13% of clubs offered private lessons for over $100 an hour.
How Frequently Should you Have Tennis Lessons?
This is down to the player themselves. What standard are they, what standard do they want to reach and whether they want to play competitively.
At the lower levels, and for beginners, a lesson a week will usually suffice. However, if you’re looking to compete and want to improve as quickly as possible, having a lesson two or three times a week is common.
One of the greatest aspects of tennis is that you don’t need to have a lesson to practice.
You can have one lesson a week, then practice what you learn in that lesson throughout the week.
Should I get Private Tennis Lessons?
Again, this comes down to the player themselves.
If you feel like you needed the extra attention provided from a one-on-one lesson, then it’s definitely a good idea to get a private lesson.
On the other hand, if you’re just starting, having a private lesson may not be necessary. I’d always recommend starting with group lessons, seeing how they go, and progressing to private lessons when necessary.
Hopefully, we’ve done a good job at assessing how much tennis lessons cost.
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