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Contributing Editor Bill Patton Bill Patton is a 30 year Tennis Coach He is a certified USPTA Elite Pro, and Professional with PTR and MTM. He is also the author of 11 easy to read Tennis books. 28 Serveitup March 2018
How Can You Own Your Game? Coaches and parents often want to see players ‘own’ their own game. They want to see you become a player who gets up for practice on their own, and shows up everyday, even if you don’t feel like it. One of the best ways to keep yourself motivated is to play how you want to play. One of the ways you own your game is when you have your favorite strategies, and the skills to use them, and you apply them to your match. Be wise, if you are very fast, then you probably want to incorporate your speed into your strategy, and if you are very slow, then you will need to become faster, if you want to play a speed game. Otherwise, you will be best advised to play a strategy that does not rely on speed. Also, if you are naturally powerful, you will want to learn some control so that you can use your power. If you are not naturally powerful, either you will have to build yourself up, or learn a strategy that does not rely so much on power. When you find the strategy that fits your personality, physical traits and skills, that can lead to some great results. The good news is that you don’t have to be exceptionally fast, or exceptionally powerful to be a very good tennis player. You can use skills, and your mind to win matches, to beat faster or more powerful players than you. You can pick ONE strategy, and mid match you can switch, but if you have to switch twice in one match that will be pretty hard. Serveitup March 2018 29