Allow me to introduce you to Pinterest. Or as I like to call it, get ready to be “Pinaugurated”! Not too long ago TW created their very own pinterest page, and if you have yet to see it I’d recommend you go check it out.
Don’t worry, if you’re unfamiliar with Pinterest, I’ll fill you in. It’s essentially a website that allows you to organize all of your bookmarks from other sites. With the help of Pinterest, never again will you forget about a bookmark that got lost somewhere along your bookmark bar. Instead you can categorize your bookmarks (which are called, “pins”) into different folders (which are known as, “boards”). Not to mention Pinterest also integrated a social aspect to their site so you can browse other people’s bookmarks with similar interests. Finding new discoveries of things you love and keeping track of them has never been so easy!
Just in case you need a little bit of convincing before turning into a pinner, I summed up a few reasons why it should be in your best interest to pinterest.
What are the 7 Deadly Sins? Well, they are the capital vices or, as some like to refer to them, the cardinal sins of life. And, due to my sole useful ability being that I am able to apply everything in this world to tennis, I’ve applied these on court, too. The following seven sins are doubles mistakes that challenge us on court with our partners.
Lust signifies wanting the glory shot – the drop shot you shouldn’t go for, the blazing winner past the volleyer, or (my personal favorite) the down-the-line shot-when-you-really-should-have-hit-it-crosscourt-again. Yes, that shot (you know what I’m talking about) – that you want so badly, but you usually don’t make. To that I say, have some discipline. Sure, the feeling you’ll get when you make it is phenomenal (and you’ll look magnificent), but it’s better to wait for the right moment. Don’t go for the wild flaming winner because the percentages of you making it regularly are very low. Take your time, build your points and resist temptation. Do it when you’re actually supposed to. You don’t want to look good hitting a single awesome forehand once a set. You want to look good by winning.
As more time goes by and as I get older, I sometimes reminisce about the good ol’ days. This is something I do about life and about tennis, and it makes me wonder what I could have done differently that would have made me better at tennis — not career changing decisions necessarily but words of advice for my younger self.
The natural progression through life comes with an increase in knowledge and the things I have now learned, and it got me thinking… If I could give advice to my younger tennis-playing-self, I would say?
1. Know your strings. Growing up, I had a partial Babolat sponsorship, so I used a Babolat Pro Hurricane string. Great string, but to be honest, I have no idea why I was playing with that particular string. My point? It wasn’t that that this string was bad; in fact I play with it sometimes now and I love it, but when I was younger, I didn’t do much research into what string was the best for me at that time. Getting advice or doing some research can make life a lot better when it comes to reducing the risk of stress being placed on your arm, feeling the ball better, hitting with more power, getting more spin… The list goes on.