While giving some tips to a couple of friends who were going off to play a National Grass Court tournament, another friend said, “Just play the game you know… we are too old to learn new stuff.”
There is a Japanese business philosophy that has been loosely translated as “improve or die.” In business terms, that means you must continue to make improvements in the way you design, produce and sell your product … or else your business will fail.
In human terms, for me, it means we must continue to keep our minds and bodies active and LEARNING, otherwise we will wither on the vine.
Age Is a Factor
Sure, we will all slow down, have ailments (like new hips!), and slower reflexes; but that doesn’t mean that we cannot strive to improve parts of our tennis game. Maybe it means just the opposite … because we are aging we HAVE TO learn to play smarter and implement strategies that take into account our current abilities.
If you are playing doubles and getting lobbed, you have to adapt and either have your serving partner stay back and cover the lob or you start back further from the net.
If your strength is your forehand groundstroke, try playing Aussie while serving in the ad court to give you the stroke you want.
TRY, TRY, TRY. That is MY philosophy. What is yours??
John Newcombe’s Tennis Fantasy Camp
This Sunday, we fly AirBerry to Texas and our annual week at Newk’s ranch in New Braunfels. While Naples is experiencing record HIGH temps in the 90’s (“feels like 100”) … my last check in Texas showed it at 47 degrees (and “feels like 39”!!!). So if you are going, pack warm stuff.
If all goes according to normal, I will be posting daily words of wisdom from the likes of Newk, Roy Emerson, Rod Laver, etc. So, stayed tuned … or turn it off.
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