Key to Good Movement!26/09/2011
We have a student (a 10 year old boy) at our academy who thinks a lot.
If you ask him, â€˜Whatâ€™s your name?â€™, he would pause for two-three seconds, think, and then answer! 🙂
Really, No kidding!
Now this guy has a decent build, moves fairly well while doing fitness off-court.
However, on-court, itâ€™s a different story altogether.
This boy would hardly reach a ball about 5 feet away from him.
And he has great trouble moving forward for drop-shots.
And (very strangely) a lot of times, he would try to guess where the opponent was going to hit the stroke and move in that direction. And I am not just talking short balls- this boy would do so even on decent rally balls or groundstrokes.
We, coaches at AUDA-PITA Academy, were at our witâ€™s end trying to understand what this boy was doing?
We used to feel that this boy does not work hard, does not put in enough effort, Â does not â€˜tryâ€™ hard.
Fortunately, I was reading this marvellous book by Nick Saviano called â€˜Maximum Tennisâ€™.
Nick has given a fabulous tip in the chapter on Movement.
He says â€“ movement should be made at a sub-conscious level.
He goes on to add- Donâ€™t think, just move!
Suddenly it struck me as to what could be ailing this student of ours.
Maybe he was thinking way too much before moving.
So the next day, I went up to him and asked him: Do you think before you move? Do you see the ball and then consciously decide whether to make an effort to reach the ball?
And he thought for a little bit (what else would you expect!) and said, â€˜Yes, Sir.â€™
And then I told him: â€˜Look, for the next set of balls that I feed you, donâ€™t think. Just watch the ball and move!
You donâ€™t have to decide whether to run or not.
Just watch the ball. And whatever direction the ball is headed in, run in that direction.
Just run. Donâ€™t think whether you will reach the ball or not.
Try for every ball.â€™
And then we proceeded to do the drill.
At first, it took him some time to get used to the concept.
But slowly and surely, I could see improvement in his movement.
And he began to feel the improvement in his movement as well.
He competed in a tournament last week and told me over the phone that his movement was really good.
So, if you are looking for good movement, just â€˜Let it flow!â€™