Mind Power

Some guy and Roy Emerson
Some guy and Roy Emerson
Many people give “lip service” to the concept that the power of our mind can frequently control what happens – or doesn’t happen – on the tennis court. I am A Believer and had a real life example…

At the end of the season, we were playing a good doubles match in Pelican Bay with fellow Newk campers Willy Hoffmann (my partner) and Tom Mackessy, plus Naples friend Phil Ludwig. Willy and I had taken a very close first set and were up a break in the middle of the second set. Willy and I were playing very consistently and I was focusing on getting every return of serve back in play.

Emmo’s Goal

On the changeover, Phil was commenting on an item in a chapter in my “Senior Tennis” book and I said, “I am probably going to jinx myself saying this; but there is also a chapter in the book headed ‘Emmo’s Goal,’ where I quote Roy Emerson as telling me the goal for return of serve in doubles should be ‘100% of them in play.’ And I have not yet missed a single return of serve this whole match.”

So we go onto the court with Phil serving to me in the deuce court (Willy always plays the ad court) and his first serve comes to my forehand. So did I hit it into the net? Hit it long? Or, a return winner?

None of the Above!

I totally whiffed on the ball. It is truly incredible what the mind can do for – and against – you.

You have similar experiences?

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3 thoughts on “Mind Power

  1. I resent that you’ve never whiffed when playing against me!

    Spike – maybe if i mouthed off more with you, it would happen then too! i miss Monday’s at the Wilderness and Goldie’s! george

  2. The humorous, unexpected outcome made me smile, George!

    Nick – I hope to see you soon at the lake court! george

  3. In Britain, ‘whiffed’ would have meant you probably ‘broke wind’ on the point. But I’m sure you didn’t, so I googled it to find that you “tried unsuccessfully to hit it” – yes? Andy Jeffery

    Andy – yes (without touching the ball!) and maybe the other one too!! george

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