paul watt (paw) wrote:
One would have to train at the appropriate speed to perform at that speed. For example, if making a nice tennis forehands "slow and soft" with perfect form is all one does, you will not be able to return a serve at Wimbledon.
Having said that, it isn't a good use of training time to jump right in and attempt to play tennis at Wimbledon levels. One has to work progressively to get there.
I see what you're saying, paw. I could indeed be wrong but this notion has been share with me by multiple, independant persons and is not without precident. Indeed, I would not be suprised to learn that many tennis pros fine tune their techniques using many of the "slow and soft" principles we use in Aikido for the purpose of building muscle memory. That's essentially all I was talking about.