Here is a fun tennis story from my young friend Marc VanDam (45 years old and a solid 4.5) about trash talking, beers, machismo and what it means to be over confident…….
“I played my brother-in-law this weekend for one set. (6’3, 30 years old and former college football player). After having had a few beers he started talking trash, saying he might not beat me in tennis…..but he could give me serious game and that with a little practice he could be beating me in a few weeks easily.
I did not engage his craziness until he really started pushing. My gut feeling told me, from the way he was talking, he was not even a 2.5 player.
But he kept taunting (he’s a very confident man and a very, very good athlete); so I finally relented and gave him back some trash talk of my own.
What was born out of that useless, beer and machismo filled conversation was a $200 bet.
I was so fed up that I finally told him I could beat him just on leg. Then he pounced… I had to be on one leg from the moment the ball was in play until the point was complete.
He laughed at our bet for 3 days and trash talked all the way the way to the court. Several spectators came out for the spectacle Sunday morning.
I warmed up and immediately knew my game plan would work: Underhand serves with lots of spin, and I would put away every serve he got in.
He had a trick up his sleeve….
He came alive with much better strokes at the start of the first game than in warm up.
It still didn’t matter at all.
I hit back the balls that came to me deep and hard.
I hopped like a bunny on one leg and tried to get to the balls that seemed reachable.
I lost the first game because I had trouble spinning my serves in the way i wanted.
But a few minutes later… I won 6-1.”
(besides being a good tennis player, Marc is a “food guy.” Check out his website: http:feelgoodeating.com)