The racket or the net

When teaching the serve, great tennis coaches know to check for where their players look as they serve.

Beginner players inevitably look at the net as they want to get their serve over it. But, these players only conquer the serve when they learn to look at where their racket makes contact with the ball.

Every beginner thus learns that the best way to influence the outcome of a stroke is to focus intensely on doing justice to that moment of contact. They’ll need to read the situation quickly, set themselves up for the stroke, hit it, and follow through. The quality of that process will determine the quality of the eventual outcome.

The question for us, then, – as we start our weeks with a list of the outcomes we want to influence, are we focused on the racket or the net?