Practice…quality vs. quantity. When you have just taken a lesson, developed a new stroke or technique, you want to go out there and practice. Sometimes coaches will say you have to go practice for 3 or 4 hours. Always remember a good solid hour and a half is a great practice if it’s a solid hour and a half. Sometimes, if you practice longer and are only so-so, guess what, you might develop bad habits and might screw up a stroke. So, my best advice to you is to practice a good quality. Even if it’s only for an hour, make sure the quality is high level quality or else bad habits can form and you might not learn the stroke. To get a good quality practice, you can hit against the wall, play with a friend who’s at a same level, hitting crosscourt, hitting down the line, working on hitting with depth, and putting targets on the court. You can even go to your local club and get the ball machine out. Get that repetition in. Really keep hitting, even before going to games. Make sure you are practicing repetitiously over and over. That is how your stroke can become better and it will translate into a match.