BY KAYLA BEIRNE
Tennis is a deeply rewarding sport when you see yourself progressing, but when that progress stops, the motivation to keep playing goes with it.
It is not always enough to stick to what you are good at and do it regularly to improve yourself; tennis is no exception. Here are three reasons why you no longer improve your tennis game, even if you play it regularly.
You are too focused on winning
Sometimes we need to remind ourselves that winning isn’t everything. It’s important to Stay focused throughout the match, not only by winning, but by incorporating new techniques and adapting to unique styles of play. Remember, growth doesn’t come from easy victories, but from experimentation and the mistakes you make along the way. Instead of using each match as a chance to win, focus on using each match as a chance to learn.
You don’t practice with a purpose
Once you know the rules and can play a game that’s still passable, it’s crucial to start using practice and coaching to get more done. Work with your coach or training partners to focus on the opportunities of your current style of play. Use sessions to explore new techniques in their entirety instead of playing the same game and the same strategies every time. You find ways to add to your existing playstyle by practicing new things and improving your overall abilities.
You don’t increase the intensity
One of the reasons you don’t improve your tennis game anymore is probably because you’ve stopped challenging yourself. While it’s undoubtedly important to give your body a break and play in a way that doesn’t destroy your love of the game, you can’t achieve new goals without pushing yourself.
Going up against more experienced players or players whose strategies you don’t know are a fantastic way to force yourself to adapt. Mentally playing against yourself more than your opponent means trying to get a better serve than the last or push for more precise shots instead of always thinking about the score, and it’s a practice that makes a significant difference.
Whether you’re preparing for a tournament or just looking to improve on the pitch, improving at your sport is always worth it. The reward is the motivation to come back, to do more and to be proud of how far we have come.