What is Mental, What is You. 

Tennis instruction is preached as a series of mental images of body positions, of strokes.

That is fine in the beginning stages, as long as those positions are natural, as far as those strokes are efficient.

How one would determine if the instruction is optimum, or if it is not?

For one, follow your instinct, your feel.  If something feels complicated, drop it by the boards.

Second, and perhaps more to the point, choose one of the top pros, your favorite or favorites, as a model.

The pros play a simple game, devoid of complications.  Simplicity and naturality is the YOU you may enjoy most.

There is nothing wrong in copying.  It may actually help you bring out your best.

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