Although I am an extremely optimistic person and always “see the glass half full,” I just reread a chapter in my favorite little tennis book, The Best Tennis of Your Life. It says “don’t fall into the negative filtering trap.” By that the author Jeff Greenwald says too many players focus on the shots they missed and not the ones they made.
As an example, I was playing a high-level doubles match with my friend Bob Wilkie, visiting from New Hampshire. As we completed a 6-1, 7-6 victory over a good team, I was thinking about the four or five volleys “I should have made” when Bob and my opponent both volunteered, “Boy, did you volley well today!”
Here I was focusing on the (few) volleys I missed and they pointed out how many good ones I made.
It’s just like I frequently chide my brother, The Golfer, when he reports he shot an 82 and then always adds, “but if I didn’t three putt the ninth hole…”
So let’s see if I can take my “glass half-full mentality” onto the court and focus on the good shots and use those memories to reinforce good habits.
epiph•a•ny – a usually sudden manifestation or perception of the essential nature or meaning of something (2) : an intuitive grasp of reality through something (as an event) usually simple and striking (3) : an illuminating discovery, realization, or disclosure b : a revealing scene or moment
A tennis epiphany or just words? We shall see.