THIS IS THE LATEST SERIES OF TIPS FROM OUR CLUB PRO. ALL GOOD INFORMATION TO IMPROVE FOCUS AND MOVE A BALANCE OF CONTROL TO “YOUR” SIDE OF THE NET.
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TAKING CONTROL •WHEN you can, •WHERE you can in 5 more areas where you’re totally in charge!
- some hints below are geared towards competitive situations; nevertheless, whether you’re involved in competing, or not, many are “fab-habs” to adopt!
- when engaged in “social” tennis, the atmosphere is, understandably, far less stringent, sans doute …
(i) Even if many thoughts-&-plans may be stressfully racing inside your head, let your facial expression exhibit calmness, determination and purpose.
(j) Stay “in the moment” by looking at, and focusing on, events on your own court, e.g. the opponent’s movement, your racquet-handling, ball motion, etc.
(k) Whatever your motions involve—running, striding, shuffling, stroking the ball, etc.—let these actions exude confidence; the end-result will be to provide your performance with a built-in positivity.
- CHANGING ENDS
(l) In the time allotted for changing ends, create a personal routine, e.g. sipping a drink, towelling-off, checking/making notes, preparing your next moves.
(m) Controlled breaths have a positive effect on your body language—breathing deeply as needed, will calm your mind, reduce stress, increase alertness.
- the 10subcategories that I have presented, mirror those listed in the International Magazine, “Tennis-Pro”, in its promotion of “Mental Metrics”.
- the descriptions I provide are a blend of some ideas there, together with tenets from my TKT© approach.