Habits are good things … if we can build positive patterns into our lives, we become healthier and happier. But too many people fall into the patterns of continuing BAD habits. Here are five bad habits you should break …
Stretch and exercise only when you a rehabbing from an injury or operation.
- Most senior players are good about doing rehab following injury or surgery
- But they STOP as soon as they are “better”
- In my opinion, you should do stretching/yoga every day
- And exercise of some kind (weights, machines, or I am now using rubber bands hooked to a door)
Guard the alley and stay deeper to cover the lob.
- In ‘the old days’, we were told to “guard the alley”
- Too many players still have that fear of being beaten with a shot down their alley
- But the majority of good players focus on hitting their shot in doubles down the middle
- So that is where the net man should focus
- I actually play a “hybrid I” formation, where I stand closer to the center line than to the sideline
- Sure I sometimes get a winner hit by me down the alley – once or twice – but not until they do that regularly will I move over
Take anti-inflammatory pain killers before every match.
- Like everyone else, I used to take some form of anti-inflammatory/ pain killer before playing a match
- Some call it “the breakfast of champions” or “Vitamin I” (for Ibuprofen)
- But about ten years ago, I just STOPPED
- And you know what, nothing hurt (any more than normal)
Continue playing “your game” regardless of the score of the match.
- The old adage is “never change a winning game”
- But the corollary of that should be “always change a losing game”
- We all have a style of play that usually works for us; but if you are on the losing end of a score DURING A MATCH, you should change tactics
- Hank Irvine, former ATP pro and one of my favorite mentors, asked me, after I “complained” about my opponent’s game vs. mine, “And, what did you do about it?”
- When you find yourself losing, ask yourself … what is my opponent doing that is making me lose and how can I change that?
Accept the fact that you are older and your ability has reached its peak.
- Sure, we are all aging and slowing down
- But the more you buy into that concept, the worse your decline will be
- We need to work harder on our fitness, strokes and health just to stay where we are and SLOW DOWN the decline that aging brings
- And, regardless of the physical, you can still get smarter
- Study your opponents and know what they are likely to do in a game situation and react accordingly
So, habits can be bad … but good habits can be great!
What about these or other habits would YOU would like to break?
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