I believe that the old sport adage goes that, “practice makes perfect.” The funny part was that all of my coaches used to say that this phrase was a load of crap. They instead instilled in my impressionable young mind that “PERFECT practice makes perfect.” At the time, the difference seemed minimal at best, but now I can completely see what they meant. If you practice with bad fundamentals, no matter what the sport, you will replicate the same poor fundamentals during actual competition. I guess that explains my entire high school sporting career in a nutshell!
Though I was never much of a tennis player, I can understand that each sport has a defined skillset that needs to be honed at a high level. Whether it be a solid drop shot or nailing your lines properly, it stands to reason that if you learn these moves at a high level, you stand a chance at being successful. But how would you track all of the information necessary to know if you are improving? This is where the new app TennisProfiler steps in, allowing a watchful parent or coach to keep track of your detailed statistics, one swing at a time. Here are some of the highlights:
- Enter practice records to the database.
- Able to track all major strokes such as Drop shot, Groundstroke, Lob, Overhead, Return Serve, Serve and Volley;
- Provide some suggestions on how to practice each of these strokes;
- Plot the Daily, Monthly, or Yearly records of the strokes for certain period of time;
- Consolidate all the records in the database such that there will be only one record for one stroke type with the same features (such as serve type, court position, etc) per day;
- Email the database to keep a backup of the practice records.
At the risk of sounding like a kiss-up, this really sounds like it could be a coach or over-ambitious parent’s dream. This is the kind of high detail feedback that could very well define the difference between a good and a great athlete. However, if you are a parent, do yourself a favor and don’t try to coach your child’s serve from the sidelines. Rumor has it, that kind of behavior can embarrass your child. Just don’t say that we didn’t warn you.