Discussion - hour upon hour

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Last updated 4 years ago

Rohan Keogh

Rohan Keogh Asked 4 years ago

Hi coaches.  It is often said it takes 10,000 hrs of training to get to the top level of a sport such as TT.  You've mentioned yourselves, and while there are obvious qualifiers, such as an individuals natural talent and the speed at which they can learn, let's go with the 10,000 hrs.  You and Jeff have clearly put in a lot more than that getting to the top level, and since.

Now, in most of your training and drills videos you are not demonstrating the various skills at top-level game speed or intensity yet I, and I'm guessing many of your fans and PS members, would be more than happy to reach a level where our match play was at that level of skill and speed. 

So, here's my question: If world domination isn't our goal, how many (of the 10,000) hours would it take to reach that level?


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 4 years ago

Hi Rufuss,

Difficult question as you said there are a lot of other factors.

The progression isn't linear.  The last little bit of development or World domination takes about 7000 of those hours I would say...

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Rohan Keogh

Rohan Keogh Posted 4 years ago

So, all things being equal, about 6 years (at 10 hrs a week) to be able play at the level you guys demonstrate.  Hmm.  I can live with that :) 

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