June 20, 2016
So many of us put in many hours of practice a week yet we don't see much change in our game during matches or even in future practices. Have you reached your ceiling? Is this as far as you can go? This is hardly the case. Research (we will get into this another day) proves that our capabilities are rarely reached physically but rather mentally. Meaning you think you reached your peak or you just become content with where you're at. Let's take a look at some changes that might help you keep improving in your practices.
Practicing the Right Way
We are often reminded of the quote practice makes perfect. I completely disagree with that. I tell players that I coach all the time that practice makes permanent. Michael Jordan would say that if you shoot 10,000 shots the wrong way all you're doing is getting really good at shooting the wrong way. No matter what you will improve but there will eventually be a threshold that is reached if your practice is not done correctly. This can be difficult on your own so it’s important to get a professional to look at your strokes. Another good way to do this is to video yourself playing points out. You might be surprised to what you see from a third person perspective. Either way make sure you have the right technique down to begin practicing towards your goals.
Practicing to Get Better
This leads to the other aspect of practice that I I'm convinced why most people do not improve while practicing. When most of us practice, we think of it as an enjoyment. We get in our comfort zone and hit the shots that allow us to get positive results. I see this all the time when people are working on the ball machine. They will hit volleys or ground strokes without an obvious intention to work on some element of their game. They are just randomly hitting