MYTH - To play tennis properly you must have the correct form.
TRUTH - Did anyone ever see Babe Ruth at bat? Form? What form?
This applies to most tennis pros on the circuit today! Have
you been watching them with an informed eye? If not, let me
help you out. The pros do not play according to the conventional
methods and form that are taught today.
The woods are filled with tennis players who look good, but
cannot win. Now, I am not saying to go out and play sloppy tennis.
The point is to not get hung up on this 'perfect form' thing. If
you do, you will begin thinking the correct form will make the
ball go over the net correctly. You may be thinking, "well, doesn't
it?" Answer: No! You could have the perfect form according to
accepted tennis instructional books and be the idol of your club.
But, if your timing and judgment are lacking you will look great as
the balls go flying everywhere. You will, however, take excellent
pictures for the club bulletin board or perhaps a local magazine.
Timing and judgment are far more important than the perfect form.
This is why pros are pros! Even though they do not have the perfect
accepted form they have superior timing and judgment and have
acquired a "feel" for a given shot. This is why Babe Ruth hit so
many home runs. The form does not make the ball go in the court--the
unique individualized "feel" they have developed through exceptional
timing and judgment does.
Stop relying on form to make you a good tennis player. Start relying
on repetition and hours of practice to develop your timing,
judgment, and "feel" of a particular shot. If you have nice form
that comes along with this practice, terrific. However, even if you
do not have conventionally accepted form, it doesn't matter. Who
knows, maybe you will become a pro!