No need to talk about business, let's talk about tennis. I have a friend who we have a standing match every Wed night. We are relatively equal, but it seems I have just enough to hold on to pretty much beat him every time.
In my effort in playing to win and letting my opponent beat himself I think I have plateaued and I'm not getting any better. I don't need to just play recklessly, but I do need to become more aggressive and not worry so much about the outcome.
Any suggestions Doc?
@bdorman264 It's tough - if you only focus on winning, then you will plateau. You know what works, and you know how to hack your way to a win with no regard to stroke fundamentals, etc.
Pros pick the offseason to work on new skills (picking up a topspin lob or dropshot). If you are thinking of picking up a semi-western forehand...do it after the season. Meanwhile, another way to work on stroke fundamentals and better "point savvy" is to find great rally partners. If I go out and hit for two hours with a great rally partner, it usually looks like this:
1. 45-60 min: Warmup and rallies, then more directional rallies (crosscourts, down the lines, etc). Can even play games to 11 where the first 5 strokes must all clear the service line...good fundamental to develop because short balls are attacked.
2. 30 min: Play points. One person serves until their arm gets tired, keeping in the rhythm of points (moving from deuce to ad-court, and double-faults are still counted). Then the next person serves. Focus on constructing the point because there is no score keeping...don't even get tempted to keep it in your head. There is no game/set/match pressure, just working on strategy and better understanding the court, conditions, opponents strengths/weaknesses, etc.
3. 30-45 min: Play a set. Now you do feel the pressure of games and a set. Know when to go for it, and when to play the consistent rally shot. If you do not do this step, then you will always "go for broke"...or totally give up on any new skills and get back to hacking your way to wins.
How's that for a practice plan, Bill?