Guilty. I think of double faulting like a Cardinal Sin in Tennis. But according to well-known coach, Nick Bollettieri, that is the wrong attitude to have.
He writes in an issue of “Tennis Magazine,” that you should accept them as part of your game; and that rather than just dinking in a second serve (that your opponent crushes for a winner), it is better to go for something more on the serve and accept it when it turns into a double.
For my tennis psyche, I can accept the double fault if I “went for it,” put some pace on the ball, and missed it long. The double fault that I HATE is the wimpy one that doesn’t go over the net.
A tennis pro friend of mine advises: swing as hard on your second serve as you do on your first; just put the energy more into the spin than the forward motion. That way, you are less likely to choke and more likely to put a stronger and safer second serve in.
Better to be bold and lose on your own terms, than to choke and not even hit the ball.