And how patterns are the key to that 1%.
It’s a brand spanking New Year and it’s only natural to want to attack 2015 like a bull running down the streets of Pamplona.
Sounds good to me, so let’s pick a role model to copy that crushed it in 2014. Well, that person would be Roger Federer. Fed had an average 2013 by his lofty standards, but rebounded brilliantly to finish #2 in the world in 2014. Thank you Stefan.
Here’s some numbers that matter for Roger:
- 2013 Record 45/17 (1 title)
- 2014 Record 72/11 (5 titles)
That’s +27 in the win column and -6 in the loss column. That’s salty.
- 2013 Prizemoney $3,193,912
- 2014 Prizemoney $9,343,988
That’s an increase of $6,150,076. That’s not pocket change people!
Here’s where it gets interesting. In the four return stats that the ATP record, he did not improve in one single area. It was the serving side of the equation that got a lot better. Here’s the numbers that matter from 2013 to 2014.
- 1st Serve % = +1%
- 1st Serve Points Won = +3%
- 2nd Serve Points Won = +3%
- Break Points Saved = +6%
- Service Games Won = 4%
- Service Points Won = +3%
So here’s where it gets mind-blowing.
It’s easy to see Roger served a lot better, and the 1% improvement in 1st Serve Percentage helped all those other numbers look better. Roger also had a greater commitment to come to the net in 2014 (thanks again, Stefan) which really helped as well.
So what do you think the increase was in “total points won” from 2013 to 2014? Remember, it won him more than 6 million dollars.
Well, it was only 1% better, from 53.7% to 54.7%.
We play a sport of very small margins, and as you can see, 1% can have a monster difference. That critical difference is primarily decided by a player running smarter patterns than the other. Over time, a proven pattern of play serving, returning, rallying or approaching makes the difference that defines careers.
Those proven patterns are what I study, uncover, and pass on to you through the Golden Rules and Between the Points. Go and throw yourself full on into 2015, like a bull in a china shop, and run smart patterns like Roger.