The vast majority of my senior tennis playing friends would much rather play a match than spend time practicing. Why is it that some players practice, and even like it, and others avoid it like the pandemic?
Yes, I am strange …
I am one of those people who LIKES to practice. But then again, I was one of those weirdos who liked to run for miles (used to do 4-5 miles a day, back in my younger days). But a good practice session has many, many benefits.
First of all, it is a much better work out than playing a match – especially a senior doubles match. In an hour of solid practice, you will hit many more balls than in any regular match; and you will work up a better sweat.
OK, Keep Score
For those players who have to “keep score in order to concentrate,” you can do that with any number of practice drills, where you and your practice partner play against each other.
And when practicing, remember the roles people play… usually each drill has a “feeder” and the other player is the one working on the stroke. And the feeder should also try to provide helpful feedback on what you are doing right and what needs to be corrected.
According to coaching legend, Vince Lombardi “Practice doesn’t make perfect; practice makes permanent – only perfect practice makes perfect!”.
No practice partner? There are always two reliable options available: the ball machine and the wall.
How about YOU … are you a practicer or only a match player?
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