We Know What Is Said About Practice and Perfection
Published: 22 May 2008 - 10:16 by raystrach
Updated: 23 May 2008 - 08:41
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Practice makes Perfect is a well known phrase just about anyone in just about any endeavour would have heard. I personally prefer the less well known but more correct, Perfect Practice makes Perfect.
But if we are going to get pedantic, what the hell is practice and what is perfect. Or maybe that should be practise. what is perfect anyway, and what we we call it if we saw it.
i consider myself fortunate in that i have always practiced in practice. this might seem self evident, but for some, practice is no different from a competition match. they are still trying to win. I am trying to win as well, but it is a different game. Not the game or match at hand, but winning the improvement game.
This attitude has helped me become a far better player than I was even 5 years ago. Even though i was paying better squash 20 years ago when I was at my best, my skill level now is far superior now.
I can honestly say, that i have never gone onto the court in practice and not been trying to work on some part of my game. This was probably helped by the fact that I was so hopeless when I first started, that i really needed to improve, just so I could actually carry on a rally. Yes, I was that hopeless.
Winning the practice game provides a very short thrill. Winning the improvement battle is probably more like winning the war. But this is where it becomes tricky.
What do we need to practice?
The answer is tricky and there is probably no absolutely right or wrong answer. The more pertinent question is, what improvement can I make which will have the biggest positive impact on my game. Maybe you need to ask others whose judgement you trust, that very question. Squashgame.info has unmatched resources to help you in that process.
You may wish to do some drills which might specifically address the weaknesses you are trying to improve. That would be ideal. If you are only playing games, you need to be constantly aware of the issues which you are trying to improve, and analysing outcomes briefly after each rally and between games.
Do this on on consistant basis , and the changes you achieve over time, will make their way into your competition game automatically, which is what you want to happen.
You will play at your best when things are automatic, so don't expect brilliant results from your practice game. You might just be losing one squash battle in order to win the main Squash war.How to add images to Members' Forum posts and replies here...
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From rippa rit - 23 May 2008 - 08:38 - Updated: 23 May 2008 - 08:41
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