I don't know if this is new at all - I'm not a coach just an inexperienced low level player - but it seems to me that the way people usually practice tennis is wrong. Very often two players will spend a lot of time hitting groundstrokes to each other. But the purpose of tennis is to try to pass your opponent - not to play the ball to him. In most sports it's generally agreed that it's very important to train in a way that best prepares you for match play. The habits that you get from training is very difficult to break. Because playing longer rallies is more fun for beginners they of course tend to hold back a little so that they don't make too many errors. But the right way to do it is to play the percentage. It doesn't really matter if you make 100 errors as long as you hit 101 winners. As an added benifit - if you go 100 pct. for each shot you get used to making errors and after a while they don't upset you any more. For many years this philosophy has given the chinese table tennis players an edge. While europeans mainly try to avoid making too many errors the chinese simplye don't count them. The errors don't matter if they are fewer than the winners. My 4-year old daughter is good at tennis - she hits the ball like a pro. The problem is that she hits it as hard as a pro and thus it's very difficult to keep the rallies going. I've tried a couple of times to ask her to shoot a little softer, but then her natural motion disappears. What do you think. Is it better to teach children to hold back and keep the ball in play or is it better to let them bash away. I'm surely for the latter.