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Kevin Durant, NBA Most Valuable Player 2014, 2.06m tall, 109kg.

Serena Williams, number 1 female tennis player in the world, 1.75m, 70kg.

Yaya Toure, three times African footballer of the year, considered one of the best midfielders in the game, 1.91m, 90kg.

 

Most of us would agree that these are powerful players of their sports.

They're big, they're fast and they can physically dominate their opponents.

But I've seen bigger. I've seen faster. And I've seen stronger.

Some of these more powerful counterparts are present in the same sports and some of them are walking amongst us in every day life.

Just yesterday I saw a guy who was easily over 7 feet tall who I'm pretty sure isn't playing pro basketball.

 

Power, whether it comes from size or elsewhere isn't a guarantee of athletic prowess.

I'd almost go as far to say that power is nothing without

CONTROL

 

It was just last night that I saw Yaya Toure, famed for his bullish marauding runs, twinkle toe through a crowd in the penalty area.

Serena has a big serve. But who cares how big a serve is if it isn't in bounds?

Durant is a beast with feet off the floor and all his power taken away from him, he still managed to make a crazy clutch shot for three points a few weeks ago.

 

A powerful body is practically useless without fine control to do what you want with it.

 

Within certain limits, I speculate that it is a more important quality than power.

As with Serena's serving example, a serve that lands in at any speed has some probability of scoring a point but a serve could be infinitely fast and will never score if not in.

 

Next time you go to play your sport, what would happen if you approached it with this thought in mind?

 

Fast fingers don't make a concert pianist.

The painter with the heaviest brush stroke doesn't paint the best pictures.

Power is nothing without control.

 

Arton "Serve in first" Baleci