"Knowing is not enough; we must apply.
Willing is not enough; we must do."
~Johann von Goethe
Last night was the last of 5 beginner tennis lessons my husband I took together. Our coach had some good closing advise for the class. "You know the basics now, you know how it should look, you have a foundation. Now don't worry about it so much and just go play! You can have a great game with the ugliest strokes so stop practicing and just go play!"
It's good advise and I should listen. I am a bit of a nerd and I like to know things. I like to understand how it works, how to do things 'right', perhaps to a fault. More than once in our class I had the coach tell me (and others in the class too) "Stop thinking about the stroke and just do it!". I am sure he could practically see the wheels in my brain turning and thinking though all the steps for each stroke.
The thing is 'knowing' how to do something is not the same as doing it. You can do a stroke in slow motion perfectly a million times to understand how it should look and feel but its not the same as returning a ball over the net to your opponent.
I do want to continue learning and improving, but mostly I want to be able to play. There is no use getting stuck in 'practice' mode. There is such a thing as being over prepared. At some point you have to just do it. Not want to do it, not practice and prepare to do it. Just do it!