We all know how important the mental part of playing tennis, or any sport for that matter, but do you know how to incorporate mental toughness or practice it?
Do You Want To Know?
When you are ready to begin your journey on learning to be mentally tough and to play the mental game, buy my new book, Playing Zen-Sational Tennis, and you will be guided step by step with over 85 lessons.
Please read on for more info about the mental game and what it is all about.
Have You Read The Best Book
Ever Written On How To Be Mentally Tough?
If you haven’t read Timothy Gallwey’s Inner Game of Tennis then this would be a good place to start learning about how the body and mind work together. This book has been my “tennis bible” and is truly one of greatest book written on the subject.
Did You Know That You Don’t Have
To Think About Winning And That
Winning Will Take Care Of Itself?
You will win automatically if you play better than your opponent.
Want To Win Every Time You Play?
Find a 2-year-old to play and I guarantee that you will usually win. My approach to tennis will help you to play really well every time, but it will not guarantee that you will always play better than everyone, all the time. And if you could just play better than you usually do and be able to “fix” your errors “on the spot,” guess what, you just may win more matches.
By Not Worrying About Winning,
Your Whole Attitude Will Change,
you will be more relaxed on the court, feel better about how you are playing and maybe you will even have more fun.
This will, in turn, help you win (if you play better than your opponent) because you will be playing at a higher level. Even if you don’t win, your game will improve at a faster rate, and you will know that you played your best. Could it be that one of the reason you are reading this is because you don’t like how well you are playing.
Here Is The Bad News
If you think winning is where it is at and you can’t let go of trying to win, then these ideas are not for you.
If you don’t like how well you are playing then you need to work harder and longer on your game, right? Oh, you are doing that already and it isn’t working? Well, maybe you need to take a look at your “mental game.”
If you like to judge yourself, your shots, how well you are doing etc. and don’t want to change, these ideas are not for you and will not work for you. But, if you are open to another way of playing and begin to use the mental game techniques, you will surprise yourself on how really talented you really are.
One Of The Most Important And Critical Concepts
Is Letting Go Of Judgments.
I am not saying not to be aware of what is going on and whether your balls are going in or not. I mean judgments as to whether you are doing good or bad or whether you hit a good shot or bad shot. There are no bad shots. There are only shots that didn’t go where you wanted them to go.
Want To Improve At A Faster Rate?
Spending time practicing and drilling using these concepts will speed up your learning, but mental toughness doesn’t happen overnight. It is a process. You will find it helpful to put some energy into this way of being. In my opinion, the mental side of tennis approaches 100% of the game after your strokes are solid. Once your strokes are solid, then you must practice the mental game somewhere close to 100% of the time.
How Many Times Do You Hear
How Important The Mental Game Is?
But I Don’t Hear Anyone Saying
That They Actually Practice It, Do You?
And I don’t hear about very many people who, when asked, even know how to practice this mental game.
Even when they know how to practice it, they don’t practice it anywhere near 100%. I would guess that if they even worked on it for 10% of their playing time that would be on the high side.
Here Is Another Concept
That I Truly Believe To Be True.
When you miss a ball (assuming you have solid strokes), it is a mental error, not a stroke error and can be fixed mentally. And if you let me, I can help you learn how to do it. By reading the 5 Important and Critical Lessons, by reading my new book Playing Zen-Sational Tennis, or by reading my first book, Tennis: Play the Mental Game or listening to my CD’s, you can really get started on the exciting path of playing the mental game.
In my books and my CD’s, I have made it easy for you to learn and play the mental game. Go to this page for the right steps to take to get “on the path.”
Well, there you have it. If you read the 5 Important and Critical Lessons, or buy one of my books or CD’s , really believe that playing the mental game works, let go of winning and judgments, and work close to 100% of your time on the court with your mental game, you will experience a whole new world.
You Will Not Get Angry,
you will find that you will be less nervous, you will win most of your close matches, you will play more consistently at a higher level, and you will feel so much better about your tennis game.
At the same time you are improving your tennis, you will find that you will enjoy playing much more. In fact, that is the comment I hear the most from my students.
Be Sure To Read
the tennis articles I have put on my web site for you by Ron Waite. These are some of the best articles I have ever read and they cover a lot more ground than I do here.