The Curse Of Searching For Stroke Technique Perfection
I’ve got a new episode of The WebTennis Show audio podcast for you today.
One of the things I encourage you to do all of the time is to carve out time to get out there and work on those areas of your game that need attention.
Of course. Nothing new there …
But one of the mindsets you’ve got to be careful to not get sucked into is that if you work on something long enough that you can actually perfect it.
Perfect it as in that stroke technique will never ever break down in a match.
We’re looking for “sure things”.
And there just isn’t a sure thing when it comes to stroke technique.
There are way too many variables out there that happen during a point that you could never have enough time to practice each and every variable.
And yet, some of us, me included on this, just dig in for the long haul with drilling, and ball machine, and lessons (your pro is smiling thinking you’re the ideal annuity asset!), and so many other practice type situations hoping that one day we’ll find that golden nugget that gives us the perfect stroke technique.
Perfection. I’ve now got it and it’ll never ever misfire …
Not ever gonna happen.
If you’re going to practice stroke technique, and practice it a ton which I think is good, then the thing you want to focus on during practice is how can you minimize stroke technique …?
Meaning, what areas of your stroke can you pare away so that you’re left with
something so simple that you can use it in just about all of those different possible scenarios that happen during a point.
Practice minimalism stroke technique. Break it down to what are the 2–3 most
important things that you need to focus on.
And then … put yourself out there and play and hunt for those specific situations during points where you can learn waaaaaay more about stroke technique than you can with never ending drilling.
Your thinking that you shouldn’t really put yourself out there to play matches UNTIL you’ve perfected stroke technique is frankly a major excuse for not wanting to see reality.
There are two kinds of players when it comes to mentally handling the reality of matches.
Those who avoid it because they don’t want themselves and others to discover who they really are, and those players who relish playing matches just so that they can discover what very specific areas of their game they now get to go work on …
I really hope you’re in the latter group ;-)
I just posted a new episode of The WebTennis Show where I dig into this topic — click.
Make it a great day out there!