I mentioned the other day I am giving lessons to a new client. She is good player and it's a joy to see her kick my butt!
She is very similar to my other main client and is a quick learner, so I appreciate that a lot, lol. Further, she also asks for clarification of my shot selections or questions a suggestion, which is really cool to be able to provide reasoning and further details of the whys.
The one area she needs to work on, which we talked about, is she tends to poke at the ball. I don't see it all the time, just off and on, but if she could stay down and follow through more and consistently, she would be even more of a force to be reckoned with.
We talked about some tips to help her follow through more often, but following through and staying down is really something one has to figure out on their own what is the best thing to help them accomplish that. I explained that staying down and following through on tough shots is really a beautiful feeling. Yes, a feeling. It truly is. No way for me to explain it except when you have that smooth stroke, taking your time, following through, it feels, well, beautiful.
So, I find myself in a lucky situation! It took me over 20 years to finally stay down and follow through and feel that beautiful smooth stroke, but I can always use reminders :). So when her and I spar, I tend to exaggerate staying down and following through. I do this so she can see for 3 straight hours someone consistently and steadily staying down, taking their time, and following through well. I have proudly shared that watching those EXACT things for a few years on the Omega Tour on Sundays from the top players elevated my game because I started to emulate them and the effectiveness of staying down so well.
I want the same for her.
It also proves that when staying down well, I make more of my shots. (weird coincidence, huh?) So, while I am staying down longer on my shots to help her, it is also hugely helping me re-instill this key component of my game.