Originally Posted by dozu
The more I think about this, the more I feel sennoc is onto something here.
Say your goal is to play high level tennis, do you have to learn how to handle junk balls from rec players?
conventional wisdom says you should, because winning is winning, and if the junk baller beats you, he is the better player.
But from a long term standpoint, there are no rec type junk balls in high level tennis, so why should you bother to learn how to handle them.
I think people do need to open their mind a little.
arche3, you may beat sennoc 0 and 0, but that doesn't mean you can do better than him in high level tennis, say hitting against a 5.5-6.0 type.
I know you may or may not be serious here, but if you do that then you would fail to develop the actual skill of winning. The ability to raise your level when you're in a tight situation, to act and think rationally when there is pressure, the ability to focus etc. Probably the most important skill of all.
Like John Isner, who says his ability to raise his game under pressure comes from playing and winning so many matches at college level.