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Why The Graduation Mentality Ruins Someone's Tennis Game

March 26, 2017

 

March 26, 2017

If you saw the last post I had, I want to let you know that I will get back to tennis elbow and the other essentials to keep your arm healthy this season.  Before I do, I want to write about an important topic and something that I am a part of every year; graduation.  I have told students that if I was to ever write a graduation speech, my first sentence would be, "if you look at this in the wrong lens, this could be the beginning of a downfall for you."  You probably weren't expecting a teacher to say that but let me explain!

 

"In this world you're either growing or you're dying so get in motion and grow" - Lou Holtz

It's sad to say but I know a lot of people that live their lives without learning new things every day or even every week.  It seems to me that many people view high school or college graduation as a point in which learning is done.  I think it has just begun!  Although school has taught me many facts and figures I will never need to know, it also taught me the ability to learn.  That tool is essential in today's world as adjusting to the ever changing world around us is essential for success.  This is the same for tennis.  Most players I meet seem to have had their best days in high school or college.  This makes sense as they had organized practices and opportunities to play a lot but I argue that our "graduation" mentality has left a lot of us in a situation where we want to improve our tennis game but we won't create the opportunities for ourselves to do that.  For example, Denver, Colorado is the second largest population of adult tennis players in the United States!  There are many players out there to provide opportunities to kee