Being a good pitcher

Eric Uthgenannt, a young (43) teaching pro I was playing with on Friday, said something interesting:

Serving in tennis is like pitching in baseball. The more you think about the analogy, the better it becomes.

Young major league pitchers are usually just fireballers, trying to just blast their fastball by the batter; but as the player matures, he becomes more of a complete pitcher:

  • Having a game plan for each batter he is facing that takes into account their strengths and weaknesses.
  • Relying more on placement, than on speed.
  • Working the ball inside and out.
  • Changing speeds effectively, so the batter doesn’t get grooved on any one pitch.

If we served in tennis like the professional pitcher, we would be able to pitch a complete game.