Coaching Blog : Strengths, Weaknesses and Super-Strengths !

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Strengths, weaknesses and super-strengths

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Everyone knows about the importance of identifying your strengths and weaknesses as an athlete. This mainly serves to highlight your weaknesses so you can work on improving them.

About 10 years ago Nick Matthew talked about ‘super-strengths’ in a coaching interview. I love this.

Instead of identifying what you’re bad at and trying to avoid those being exposed in a match, know what you’re good at, improve them even more and turn them into super-strengths. Then gear your game plan around using these weapons whenever possible.

This is a much more positive approach to a game plan, whereas protecting your weak areas is a negative way of thinking.

For Nick, he wants to get onto his favourite forehand volley drop shot from a loose crosscourt. So tactically he would achieve this by tempting his opponent by playing slow, tight and accurate on the left hand side of the court (backhand for a right-hander), then they would be lured into hitting a crosscourt to the forehand side to increase the pace of the rally… That’s when he pounces!

Be proactive! Be confident. Create super-strengths and build your game around this (do not build your game around your weaknesses)