Practice to Improve!

May 2014 Newsletter

“I fear not the man who has practiced ten thousand kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick ten thousand times” –Bruce Lee

This quote by Bruce Lee is the essence for improving anything, especially your tennis game. Of course you also need to practice correctly. However, once you have the proper movement, it needs to be repeated again and again and again. Take the word “again.” If you separate the word, you can read it as a-gain. Some synonyms of the word gain are achievement, increase and progress.

If you are interested in taking your game to the next level, you need to repeat your movements countless times. Often times, players are looking for a quick fix with new drills or gadgets. Although these things can help, it is temporary unless you practice it. In order for the movement to be embedded into your body, you need to do it every day or at least 5-6 times a week.

As a tennis coach, I have parents asking me how to help their child get to the next level. My answer is always simple, “practice more!” These students play about 1-5 hours a week, although they are improving, the progress is not as quick. How can they compete against players that are training 4-6 hours a day?! If you compare the amount of hours a student spends in school as opposed to the tennis court, of course they are learning so much more from school. Often times, athletes are home schooled in order to train most of the day to compete at a high level.

As an adult with limited time on the tennis court, it is an even greater challenge to improve your game. Make each hour on the court productive by applying the Bruce Lee method of practice. As boring as this may seem to some players, the delayed gratification comes from massive improvements. This type of practice is recommended for serious players who want to improve. This is not for everyone! If you enjoy tennis as a form of exercise, as a casual and social sport, this type of training may not apply to you. However you choose to play the game, enjoy it!

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