06-24-2012, 04:04 PM
I became league champions with my team a couple of weeks ago and just won my first singles title since 2005.
The difference with previous years? I havn't put in a single hour of training.
Hahaha funny that, my doubles partner and I are having the best tennis season we have had for years because my doubles partners game has grown in leaps and bounds of late. His secret... he no longer gets any tennis coaching, and he rarely hits except in competition. Very strange indeed!
My conclusions are that he has inadvertently conditioned his match mentality and tuned his tennis strokes for competition level play by avoiding lesser lower level play that he would have encountered having a casual hit. I think sometimes if we play too much casual tennis (esp with bad balls, bad players etc) we can accidently un-calibrate our game.
If it is indeed truly helping you play better tennis by not practicing/training, then congrats, you are part of a very small minority. I mean really, you should have changed the title to "I have discovered the key to success for me," because what top player ever gets far without practice? Sure we all know, McEnroe barely practiced but remember, he played a lot of doubles so it probably balanced out anyways. Lendl trained hard for hours on end, Federer & Nadal the same, etc. Perhaps you may be training too hard is what may have caused you problems in the past? If you compare Federer and Nadal on the practice courts, their intensity is very different, yet they both produce magic in real matches. Federer seems to just enjoy the tennis so he plays on the practice courts very casually while Nadal plays almost as hard as he does when playing an actual match. I personally take a Federer-ish approach when practicing. I use the time of practicing to play trick shots, to concentrate on the feeling of the ball, making sure my timing is okay and most importantly keeping the serve in tune which is something I heavily struggle with (especially the toss) when I haven't had much practice. I don't really push myself when chasing balls or even hitting. At the gym I'll push myself, but I do find that on court praciticing, it is best spent having a good time for me.
07-30-2012, 11:52 AM
I've put in the hours in my youth, so for me personally it's not about improving my game in a technical sense anymore. I think this is all about match mentality, when I don't train there's no pressure in the matches since I'm not expecting anything. I used to choke a lot, but now I simply don't care about winning or losing anymore and it seems to work for me. I've won my second tournament too and now have a 11 match winning streak, two more tournaments with tougher competition than the previous ones coming up.
Not really caring really clears the mind. I have bageled my hitting partner once I have turned out with a minor cold and decided that I do not give a damn.
Too much thinking screws up the score.