The Learning Curve

I do NOT believe that tennis learning (for me at least) comes in small, incremental steps. Rather, I think it comes all at once.

I have felt four or five times over my tennis life that my game has “suddenly moved to the next level.” For example, since Emmo gave me such good instruction at camp in October on how to improve my volley, I have been practicing and practicing the right moves. (For more on that instruction, see my earlier postings).

Sure I have made some better volleys at times; but mostly it felt “artificial” and not my natural stroke. But this past week, while visiting son Jeremy and grandson in Savannah, I played and practiced four consecutive days … and BINGO, I now feel like “I own the stroke”!

Sure, I will fall back some into old habits; but it has just “clicked” and the new motions feel more natural to me.

Let us see if I can carry that new confidence and stroke into Daytona tomorrow … where our USTA 4.5 60+ senior doubles league team is in the Florida sectionals.

More to come.

3 thoughts on “The Learning Curve

  1. Good point George, gives all hope. Good luck in Daytona. I will be looking forward to reading you up in Canada as I leave paradise next Sunday.

    Alain – travel well. geo

  2. George, my old high school tennis coach, Ed Torres, was a very accomplished player and taught me the most of any teacher that I have ever had about the game. For example, he played 4 straight years as number one on his college tennis team, Rider, and NEVER lost a singles match. Imagine doing THAT in your own tennis career. Anyway, what has always stuck in my mind is his comment that learning in tennis is like climbing very big stairs. That is, you go for long periods of time on the same plateau with no real improvement no matter how hard you practice and no matter how many lessons you have. Then suddenly, you jump up to the next plateau and the same long process enfolds until you suddenly jump to the following plateau. Even though I am still not satisfied with the plateau that I am on, I can say that over a lifetime of playing tennis, my high school coach was 100% right. – Marty

    Marty – (good to hear from you)… yes the “plateau” analogy is one i visualize myself. geo

  3. Good luck to you and the team. Taking away a player strenghts was a great point you made in your last blog. Players tend to play in their comfort zone and if they are forced out of it, you will create problems. Naples has some great players and you will do well no doubt.

    JOhn – tks! geo

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