Gene’s Tennis Tip of the Month

My son was telling me how his music instructor told him to practice when trying to learn a song. He said, “Gene, you don’t practice the whole song from beginning to end over and over. There are problem areas and you have to work through the sections and notes you can’t play smoothly until it becomes fluid.” This got me to thinking about applying this principle to tennis. Simply put, playing matches is like playing the song all the way through, but if you don’t stop and drill the particular areas of your game that don’t flow smoothly, you’ll always stumble on those notes (shots) when it’s time to perform, especially under pressure.
Conversely, if you go practice your problem shots over and over (you have to make sure you are practicing correctly), then you will work out the kinks and when it comes time to play your jazz solo, you’ll sound like Miles Davis.


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