When you watch pro tennis on TV, the announcers are always talking about “the number of winners vs. errors.” When we all play, we have no real idea of OUR numbers; but what is a good ratio?
The Obvious Answer
Well obviously, you want to hit substantially more winners than unforced errors; but, is it better to have higher numbers in both categories or lower numbers in both categories?
It would seem to me that if you have BOTH a high number of winners and errors that means you are going for a lot on your shots … and that your play will dictate the outcome of the match. In other words, if you make your winners, you win … and if you miss your shots, you lose.
Less is More?
On the other hand, if you make fewer winners and hardly any errors, is that bad? I would think that means your game is based on consistency … and perhaps relying on your opponent(s) going for their shots and making errors.
I would think that the best ratio is to have more winners than errors and MODEST numbers in both categories. That would seem to mean you are not just a retriever; but will go for the opening when it presents itself… but that you will hit with “controlled aggression” and make few errors.
What do you think and what kind of game do YOU play … or want to play?
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