posted on May 02, 2017 18:23
Dr. Simon Ramo of TRW, Inc. (now a part of Northrop Grumman) identified the difference between a winner’s game and a loser’s game in his book, Extraordinary Tennis for the Ordinary Tennis Player (pub. 1977). Dr. Ramo summed it up this way: professionals win points; amateurs lose points. The extraordinary tennis players rarely make mistakes, called “unforced errors.” When a superior tennis player is competing against an average opponent, the superior player wins—but not due primarily to making winning shots. Rather, the average player loses by committing unforced errors; that is, hitting the ball into the net or out of bounds, or committing a double fault on the serve. In amateur tennis, the final outcome is determined by the activities of the loser, who defeats her/himself.
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