Practice with Purpose

We have all heard the saying, “practice makes perfect!” If you want to be good at anything you have to put in the time and practice. As lucrative as racquetball is, LOL, most players have to work full-time, while juggling a family and a social life. Finding the time to devote to drilling and playing matches to get ready for a tournament is very challenging. So how on earth can you ever get better??

Well, let’s move on to the other saying by legendary coach, Vince Lombardi, “Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect.” Instead of looking at how much time you wish you had, let’s make the most of the time that you do have. An example of this would be: Your drive serve was falling short and you want to be able to have your drive serve be effective.

1. You can spend two hours working on your drive serve only to have the same thing happen next weekend, which is incredibly frustrating or

2. You can spend one hour working on your drive serve and next weekend, you are getting weak returns and a handful of aces, which is incredibly rewarding!

What??? Well that doesn’t make sense, let me re-read that! How is that possible? Isn’t two hours of practice better than one? What is the difference?

The difference lies in THE QUESTION….ask yourself, ” When I am serving really well, what am I doing?”  Let’s say that the answer is: I am dropping the ball out farther and following through with my swing. So, instead of focusing on your serve not going in and getting frustrated, you are now focusing on what it takes to serve well consistently!! The blueprint for what you are working on when you are practicing your serve has been laid out. This will make your practices more efficient and it will also get you in the mindset of making adjustments to get the results that you want when you are in match. Now, you can enjoy more free time and be able to improve your game by,” practicing with purpose!!”