Contents of my book: Tennis: Play the Mental Game

 Contents of my book: Tennis: Play the Mental Game


Chapter 1- Introduction to the Mental Game

About This Book

About David Ranney

What I Know About You

Why Play The Mental Game?

The Ultimate Goal

How to Make These Lessons Work for You

The Best Lesson I Ever Received

What Are the Core Principles of the Mental Game?

The Principles of Consciousness

The Principles of Focus

The Principles of Breathing

The Principles of Playing Without Judgment

The Mental Game Core Principles

Chapter 2 – Mental Concepts

Lesson #1 – About Winning: A Point to Ponder

Lesson #2 – On Seeing the Ball

Lesson #3 – The Power of the Breath

Lesson #4 – Relaxation: Why This Is So Critical

Lesson #5 – What about Listening?

Lesson #6 – How to Deal with Being Nervous

Lesson #7 – Play at the Top of Your Game Every Time

Lesson #8 – How You Can Turn Your Game Around If You Start to Play Badly: The One-Minute Method

Lesson #11 – When You Miss a Shot

When the Ball Goes Long

When the Ball Goes into the Net

When the Ball Goes Wide

Lesson #12 – When You Miss-hit the Ball on Your Racket or When You Hit the Ball Off-center

Lesson #13 – How to Make the Ball Go Where You Want It to Go

Lesson #14 – How to Hit the Return of Serve into the Court

Lesson #15 – What To Do Between Points

Lesson #16 – Choking

Lesson #17 – How to Warm Up for a Match

Lesson #18 – If You Play Differently in Your Warm-up Than You Do When the Game Starts

Lesson #19 – How to Play a Tie-breaker

Lesson #20 – How to Win When You Are Ahead (in a Game or Set)

Lesson #21 – How to Aim the Serve

Lesson #22 – When You Miss the First Serve

Lesson #23 – About Hitting Winners

Lesson #24 – About Your Weaknesses

Lesson #25 – Running and Hitting – How to Do It

Lesson #26 – Learn To Deal With Noise And Visual Distractions

Lesson #27 – The Wondering Technique

Lesson #28 – How to Know If You Are Playing the Mental Game Properly

Chapter 3 – Strategy

Lesson #29 – The Strategy of Consistency: The First and Last Resort

Lesson #30 – The Three Major Weaknesses and How You Can Exploit Them

Lesson #31 – How to Determine If Your Opponent’s Backhand or Forehand Is Weaker

Lesson #32 – Why You Should Hit All Serve Returns Cross-court

Lesson #33 – Where to Hit Your Lob and How to Practice It

Lesson #34 -Why You Should Hit All Overheads as Hard as You Can

Lesson #35 – If You Get a Short Ball, Hit a Drop Shot

Lesson #36 – When You Serve a Let Ball

Lesson #37 – When You Get Pulled out Wide

Lesson #38 – A Basic Singles Strategy

Lesson #39 – A Basic Doubles Strategy

Chapter 4 – Strokes and General Information

Lesson #40 – The Mother of All Stroke Tips – Holding the Follow-through

Lesson #41 – How to Give Yourself a Lesson Every Time You Play

Lesson #42 – Ground Strokes: A Checklist of Things to Practice

Lesson #43 – Serves: A Checklist of Things To Practice

Lesson #44 – Serves: Questions to Ask If I Am Missing My Serve

Lesson #45 – Volleys: A Checklist of Things To Practice

Lesson #46 – Read Ron Waite’s Articles

Chapter 5 – Tennis Drills

Drill #1: Seeing The Ball

Drill #2: Paying Attention to Your Breathing

Drill #3: Combining Seeing the Ball and Breathing

Drill #4: Feeling Your Strokes

Drill #5: Maximizing the Balls Going into the Court

Drill #6: A Running Drill

Drill #7: Another Running Drill

Drill #8: Volleys

Drill #9: The Return of Serve Drill

Drill #10: The Lob and Overhead Drill

Drill #11: The Bounce/Hit Game

Drill #12: The Spinning Game

Drill #13: The Trajectory Game

Drill #14: The Listening Game

Chapter 6 – Two Fun Quizzes

A Little Quiz

Answers to the Little Quiz

A Big Quiz

Answers to the Big Quiz