Sunday, April 29, 2012
racing vs pacing
My tennis game is improving, and it’s not because I’m trying harder but rather the opposite.
You would think going at it with 80% effort instead of 110% would be detrimental to my game.
Well, it all depends on your age - at least that what I’m finding.
My theory being - If you are 29 and younger the 110% rule applies, but get yourself over the age of 35 and you need to throttle back appropriately, or pay the price - injury.
I think of myself as a pretty smart guy (hey, I heard that!) so I wonder why it took me so long to realize this simple ratio of age vs. effort.
It’s mostly about delusional thinking and living in the past.
Yes, I was a 6.0 player - but that was, oh, like 27 years ago and I was well under the age 29 rule I stated at the start here.
So what did I do exactly to achieve the 80% effort which led to my success this past week?
Well for one when a tough shot came back over the net instead of sprinting like a frightened jackrabbit and straining my joints and body like a crazy person, I held back and took a much less hasty approach. Some shots I got to, others I just kinda left.
And my body thanked me for it.
The shots I did get to using 80% effort I returned pretty well, and the ones I left - well, lost that point, but it is only a point and not a game and risk of injury fell down to the not likely state.
The second specific think I did?
I served the ball at about 80% of the speed I can. This produces an adequate serve and saves my back, neck and shoulders from unnecessary stress. Oh I admit every once in a while I cranked one, but only about once a set.
No pains, pulls or injuries. And I won two out of three sets against players of equal skill level. 6.3, 4.6, 7.5. on Monday and won the court on Friday by winning 16 out of a possible 27 games.
Yeah, for me.
Well, my allotted space is used up once again, so I’ll be off to do things - pain free for once!
Until next Sunday . . .