For the tennis player looking to improve the mental part of their game, there is a great little book I have been reading. â€œThe Best Tennis of Your Lifeâ€¦ 50 Mental Strategies for Fearless Performance,â€ by Jeff Greenwald is a great addition to your library.
For credentials, Greenwald is a sports psychologist who was also #1 in the world in the 35â€™s. His book consists of 50 two-four page â€œchaptersâ€ that explore singular facets of the mental side of tennis.
More than just â€œbe in the moment,â€ he gives you some real and tangible action steps you can take to help put you there. For example, everyone tells you to â€œfocusâ€ better during a match and big points; but Greenwald gives some techniques, like â€œBefore matches, track things longer with your eyes. Avoid rushing and try not to let your eyes dart around too much.â€ He also points out players sharpen their focus by looking at their strings between points.
Since reading this book one time (I am now going back through and yellow-highlighting key points), I can really feel a significant change in how I approach my game. While not yet totally â€œfearless,â€ my strokes appear to be a lot freer and less muscled â€“ or tentative.
In future postings, I will share some more of his tips â€“ but do yourself a favor and pick up this little book for yourself (available through Amazon).