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Solo practice grooves in the grip and swing

Solo practice grooves in the grip and swing

Published: 12 Jan 2005 - 08:38 by rippa rit

Updated: 09 Oct 2007 - 14:19

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Solo practice is a necessary part of every players game, if they want to improve their technique and use their strokes in a tactical way.  Practice to "groove" in the technique can be boring and frustrating.

Here are reasons why it is so important:



  • After an injury or a break, it is important to spend ten minutes at least each day going through the strokes.

  • Be patient, don't rush, go over the basics of the stroke before starting to hit. It may take 3 or 4 practices before you feel confident again.

  • If your shot is accurate consistently that is a good guide to how the technique is progressing. In fact solo practice needs to be part of our regular training routine.

  • It stops the bad habits creeping in.

  • Bad habits creep up on us because when we are under pressure our footwork and swing get rushed so much we develop bad habits, eg flicking the wrist, looping the backswing, jerking etc.

  • Spend a little more time on the weaker aspects of your game.

  • Be sure to concentrate on the forehand and backhand side for all shots. Mark target areas on the walls and floor to make practice more challenging.

  • If you play yourself, you are sure to win!


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From rippa rit - 10 Apr 2005 - 21:35

Yes stevey, that is a good idea. Hopefully when the real match commences the imaginary racket (targets) will still be seen in the minds eye. Good work.

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From steveywonder369 - 10 Apr 2005 - 16:15

It's a great tip Rita! Marking out defined areas in the corners when practicing helps imensley to tighten ones game. I place a racket standing upright in each corner to elimate the boredom that prctice can sometimes bring and try to knock the rackets over before starting again.

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