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"...So you got the moves but have you got the touch?
Don't get me wrong, yeah I think you're alright
But that won't keep me warm in the middle of the night"

 

Yes, I just quoted a Shania Twain classic.

You must thing I smoke some weird stuff between my Athletic Upgrade sessions...

 

Anyway, once more a seemingly completely unrelated thing to your sport will help give you an idea that you can use to really improve you.

 

I came across a brilliant meme online the other day. It was a photo of former Manchester United legends Paul Scholes and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Here's the Ronaldo quotation that was overlaid:

 

"When we were in training, I used to do a lot of tricks which hardly any players at the club could do. Once I was showing my skills to Scholes. After I finished, Scholes took the ball and pointed to a tree which was about 50m from where we were standing. He said, "I'm going to hit it in one shot". 

He kicked and hit the tree. He asked me to do the same; I kicked about 10 times, but still couldn't hit it, with that accuracy. He smiled and left."

 

Ronaldo in his early years was known as a flashy showboater. The way his game looked was more impressive than how effective he actually was.

Scholes was the opposite of flash. He was almost silently effective.

Top players the world over gushed about his play.

 

Ronaldo, maybe learning from the examples of Scholes and other great players he was around, became a little less flash and a lot more effective.

As I write this, he is currently crowned World Player of The Year.

 

In my teens I spent hundreds, perhaps thousands of hours practising flashy skills because they looked amazing.

It did me little good on the pitch.

That time invested in more effective, silent skills would have served me so much better.

 

How about you?

Have you got the moves but not the touch?

 

If so, it may be worth rejigging your training to prioritise the practical, effective stuff over the flash if you really want to impress yourself.

 

Arton "Keep me warm in the middle of the night" Baleci