Tennis outfit $50, tennis racket $225, tennis lesson $65, learning how to hit a tweener…priceless.
Why should you dedicate an entire tennis lesson to the “tweener”? Because it’s fun!
Qualifiers are just around the corner. Everyone is anxiously trying to get those last few points on their rankings to get the higher seeding and better draw. It is coming to the moment of truth. Will this years hard work payoff? Everyone is pushing themselves a little harder, practicing with more intensity and taking the game a little more seriously. It is the perfect time to dedicate a lesson to mastering the “tweener!”
What good will a tweener be during a match? Probably none, but the fun you will have learning it will be priceless.
This is the perfect time to take an hour or two and just have fun on the court. Break through the stress and have a little fun. When the kids coach saw that the kids were getting too stressed out and not having fun on the court he would bring out the tweener lesson. For two hours the kids had to practice the tweener and try to incorporate it into their match play. The kids met the idea with resistance. They didn’t want to waste any precious time learning a useless shot. They didn’t have time for fun. They needed to find a way to get that extra couple of miles per hour on their serve, master the down the line serve return, perfect the drop shot. What was the coach thinking wasting their precious time? They approached the lesson with resistance, slow feet, negative attitudes and lack of confidence. All the things that have cost them matches in the past.
After a short time one student finally lands the perfect tweener. The competition is on! If he can do it so can I, is the prevailing mind-set. Another student attempts the shot and has the misfortune of hitting himself instead of the ball (if you know what I mean). The kids are rolling on the court laughing. Before you know it the mood has changed. The kids are having fun, their feet are lighter, their attitude positive, their confidence growing, their faces smiling, their tennis improving.
They come off the court at the end of the lesson bragging about the tweeners they made. Debating who had the best shot, rating them on placement, level of difficulty and grace. The coach calls them together to have the final pep talk before sending them off for the week-end tournaments.
“What did you learn today that you can take to the tournament this week-end?” he asks.
“How to hit a tweener if I am in a position of desperation?” one student responds.
“Always the obvious for you isn’t it! What else did you learn?” he prods. The kids look back at him with blank looks. “Have fun! When you are enjoying being on the court your foot work improves, your confidence improves. Lighten up and enjoy yourself. Don’t take it so seriously and focus on the basics. Attitude is everything. If you find yourself stressing out try a tweener. Laugh at yourself and move on. Leave your mistakes behind and focus on the point you are playing. Nine times out of ten when things aren’t going right on the court for you it is because of your attitude. Good attitude equals good foot work which equals good tennis. Don’t look at your tennis racket for the answer when you miss the shot, look at your feet and your head. If you can fix them you can fix your game. Now go and have fun!”
So what is the cost of spending an entire lesson on a tweener…priceless. Now go out there and have fun!