Throughout our education from grade school through college, we learned through books and the help and guidance from our teachers. You probably still remember an impactful lesson shared by a mentor. They all wanted the best for their students, and it was up to us to take responsibility—do our assignments, study, learn, and remember the facts.
This is no difference when a player, who wants to seriously improve, will seek instruction with private/group lessons. The tennis instructor will preach and conduct drills to help them focus and stay sharp as a player. My first coaching experience was in college. He was a student player who was number 5 on the team. After approximately three years, I was good enough to beat my coach. While Coach Steve was an excellent coach who groomed me well, I was a serious student who absorbed everything he taught me. After working with my coach, I would then spend six to seven days a week playing and practicing to help me rise to the top of my game quickly.
My theory is simply this … if you can beat the coach, don’t listen to them. However, if you cannot beat them, then you better pay attention!