Monday, February 24, 2020

In Over Our Heads, Part 2 | The Availability of Mobility

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In my last column, I discussed the logistics of the lob and how understanding lobs can benefit our ability to hit confident and effective overheads.

I am now going to discuss what I refer to as “the availability of mobility.” As we mature in age, an issue we encounter in all sports is that the availability of our mobility becomes more of a challenge than it once was in our younger days.

It is a natural progression of life. As we age, we slow down.

Along with the natural progression of mobility limitations from aging, we may also be experiencing issues with our knees, hips or a bad back, which may restrict some of the movement required when we compete in sports.

So as senior athletes, if we are playing softball, we can’t run around the bases as fast as we once could; as golfers, we can’t drive the ball as far as we once could; and yes, as tennis or pickleball players, we just can’t get around the court as quickly as we once could.

However, while our abilities, physically speaking, may not be as quick, fast and strong as they once were, our experience and knowledge in regards to strategic applications should be at or above the level which it was in our younger years.

So while we need to have respect for our “availability of mobility,” which the years have cast upon us, at the same time, we need take advantage of our knowledge of tactical experience, which all those years have allowed us to acquire.

Most importantly, because we are not as quick, fast or strong as we once were, we need to make sure we are utilizing and applying basic sound fundamentals in our strokes.

I google searched definitions of the word “proverb,” and the best one I found was, “A proverb is a short sentence based on long experience.”

There is an old proverb in tennis that says, “The older I get, the better I used to be.”

Well along with that, “The older I am, the wiser I should be.”

So now that we understand the logistics of the lob and we respect the availability of our mobility, in my next column, I will discuss the application of the fundamentals required to execute a confident and effective overhead.

Wayne Clark is a professional tennis instructor with over 25 years experience coaching players on all levels of the game. Wayne is also qualified in pickleball instruction and is on staff as an instructor with The Pickleball Academy of Southwest Florida at East Naples Community Park. Contact Coach Wayne by email at, or by phone or text at 239-450-6161.

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