Improve Your Tennis Practice
Improving your game takes a lot of work, so it’s best to make your tennis practice highly effective. Michael Jordan states it well when he talks about the importance of practicing effectively to get desired results.
“You can practice shooting eight hours a day, but if your technique is wrong, then all you become is very good at shooting the wrong way. Get the fundamentals down and the level of everything you do will rise.”
If you haven’t read my prior post, 5 Ways to Improve your Tennis Game, check it out. It explains how to measure the effectiveness of your tennis practice.
Get Out of Your Comfort Zone
When you go to your tennis practice make sure it is effective. Structuring your tennis practice with purpose and hitting with someone that pushes you is ideal. One of my former bosses always said that if something doesn’t feel scratchy than you are not learning.
For example, you could practice hitting groundstrokes down the middle of the court to work on your forehand and backhand. However, ask yourself if that is the most effective activity?
Remember, the more effective the tennis practice the greater the result will be. You could structure a forehand drill to start in the middle of the court and work on hitting each forehand crosscourt, making sure to move out to the ball and recovering back effectively.
Bring Your Best
Bringing your best to the court makes for an engaged and focused tennis practice. It is a lot of work to move out to the ball quickly, set up and stroke the forehand, and recover back effectively. The activity of hitting down the middle isn’t bad, however if it doesn’t push you then you are not growing.
When you step out on the court I doubt you say that you want to maintain your game, especially if you are seeking out material and tools to improve your game. With that in mind, I urge you to ask yourself how effective are the activities in your practices? Are they giving you the results you desire? If the answer is no you may find it hard to get motivation to play tennis.
Celebrate the Small Wins
In order to be happy with your tennis game you need to progress. There are different ways to get motivated but I believe only one truly lasts and is essential to every tennis players development. We have all been with a team that rallied together to get pumped up or watched a video that motivated us to go out and do something. That kind of activity provides short term motivation and action.
For long lasting motivation it’s best to improve your tennis practice and training so you make progress. Once you see the results you will want more and that builds the passion and desire to continue. Think about it, you can’t motivate someone to lose weight. However, once they start doing the activities to lose the weight, they see the results and get the motivation to continue on.
“Repetition with passion is the mother of skill.” -Tony Robbins
What will you do to improve your tennis practice?