Originally Posted by TCF
I never get this school of thought of laughing at people who tried to correct strokes. Okay....so what would you do as a coach? Teach all the kids the proper fundamentals, or simply let each kid hit every stroke any way they want to?
I am always curious when people bring up the fact a Shawn Marion made it in the NBA with an ugly jump shot.
Does this mean coaches should simply stop teaching or correcting technique because 1 out of 10000 talents can make it even with bad strokes?
So people mentioned Bartoli's flaws and suggested correcting them and she made it anyway. How about the thousands of others who never reached their tennis potential because they did not correct the flaws?
What is a bad stroke and who quantifies that? To me the job of a coach is to distinguish between a stroke that is bad according to a book vs a bad stroke for the kid. If a kid is playing an 'unconventional or flawed' stroke which by book is bad, the coach has to figure if it indeed is bad or will it become the kid's master stroke to rule the world. If the kid does go on to win the world, the books will get updated to include that 'unconventional' stroke as the next classic and suddenly everybody will start following it. Thats the real value of the coach - be open, experiment and build a game for the player rather than build the player for the game.