The quickest way to improve your game is to run more

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  1. geekydeveloper

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    Which is exactly what I'm talking about.

    In the real world, where people have full-time jobs and other responsibilities, taking hours of lessons a week isn't a realistic option for the average Joe. But, spending an extra 20-30 minutes on court each practice session or doing 20-30 minutes of fitness is a realistic choice. And in that situation, focusing on fitness drills will lead to quicker results.

    The next time you see a fairly even 4.0 match between a fat guy and a very fit guy, think about what would happen if their fitness levels were switched. How much better would the fat guy be if he was very fit? How much worse would the fit guy be if he was fat? How long would it take the fat guy to get fit? How long would it take the fit guy to reach the same skill level as the fat guy?
     
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    Sex with a living human being is best for your tennis. On the other end of the spectrum is having sex with a dead farm animal. Still, the later is better than not having sex at all.

    Advice: try not to have on-court sex with a dead farm animal, most people are not opened minded enough.
     
  4. Maximagq

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    Djokovic is the perfect example of this!
     
  5. movdqa

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    For those in the working world, running may be easier. If you get unscheduled meetings, it can be hard to carve out enough time for a workout - with tennis, you typically need to coordinate with someone else.

    If I'm working on coding something up, I may want to work several hours straight so I won't lose my train of thought and then go for a run, weights and shower sometime in the afternoon - the sometime dictated when I reach a logical place to break from work. That could be 3 PM or 10 PM.
     
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    the main benefit with running in my opinion is that it makes you mentally tougher...when im really fit thats when i feel really strong mentally so they go hand in hand
     
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    Not sure this is the best. Used to be a lot more fit when I played bball, but all it does is lets u get to all the balls, but then u got nothing. I'd rather spend that time working on my serve.
     
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    I had a two-hour practice session with two other players - #1 on the local high-school team and a guy that I haven't hit with in a long time - he's in his early 60s and used to play college tennis. I'd say that he's a solid 4.5 and he hits every other day - he used to play every day but it resulted in injuries.

    He has a heart issue which got much worse in his 50s in that it sapped him of energy. He eventually got it resolve - it was a valve issue which can be fixed with medication. The people that he used to hit with he can now run into the ground. He told me that I'm the first person that he's hit with, since fixing the problem, that wore him out in hitting. We played some 2-on-1 with the high-school kid but I think that he ran out of gas.

    If your technique is good and you can make good decisions and have good mental temperament (something a lot of old-timers can do), then fitness can make a huge difference when the other guy is huffing and puffing and you're ready to go for another hour or two.

    But it may not be the fastest, and definitely isn't for many players, way to improve. But it usually doesn't hurt.
     

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