instinctive and spontaneous tennis is your key to better play. In order to play instinctively you must learn to put yourself
on automatic. What stops most players from doing this? The answer...FEAR! FEAR of missing, FEAR of mistakes, FEAR of failure.
This is true for everyone, even professionals. Fear of missing is a battle we all must overcome. If you would like to play
on automatic and win the battle of fear here's a few pointers.
First, practice going for your shots in your practice
matches whether you miss, fail, or lose. In other words, give yourself the freedom to go for your shots. Stop trying to mentally
control every little move you make... let yourself go. Just do it!
Second, if you're going to adopt this attitude you
must not fear missing. You cannot give yourself the freedom to go for your shots if you are spending all of your time trying
NOT to fail. Give yourself the freedom to go for your shots and if you miss...accept it. Failure is part of success. In fact,failure
and success are the same...the only difference is success gets up and keeps going.
You must learn to deal with your failures by taking responsibility for them. One of the main reasons this
is so difficult is because most players do not practice dealing with their mistakes properly. They're too busy being angry
or rationalizing their mistakes, instead of just accepting them and moving on. What do you do?
If you ever hope to play instinctive and automatic tennis you must consistently practice these two mental
1. Give yourself the freedom to go for your shots.
2. Learn to deal with your mistakes and failures by
accepting them and moving on.
Simply said -
GIVE YOURSELF THE FREEDOM TO GO FOR YOUR SHOTS
AND IF YOU
Bite the bullet and just do it !!!
A new player or a player whom you have not played for a while remember the following
1. Start by attempting to play your game.
2. Dont panic, but when it is time to change your game plan,
begin to probe.
3. If you have probed effectively, you will discover one or more weaknesses. Make certain you pound
these weaknesses relentlessly. Dont be subtle about it. Just hammer away until your opponent finds a way to deal with these
troublesome shots and/or combination of shots.
4. Unless you are very fortunate, you will eventually need to recover.
Return to your original game plan, and be willing to change to any plan that brings desired results. Do not be surprised if
you change plans quite a few times during a long match.
I am sure that if you follow this procedure in matches with
unknown or new opponents, you will experience the kind of results that will make you a tennis TOP-GUN!