It is a critical point in the match; so you say to yourself, “If I can win this point, I can break his serve; and then…” WRONG.
NOT Story Thinking
A tennis book I read years ago (“Mindset”) advised players in any sport not to look back at previous points or to look ahead to the results to come. They called it “story thinking” and said you should instead focus on just the next point.
The philosophy that many have espoused in many forms is to focus on where you want to hit the NEXT ball, not what will happen if you win or lose the next point. So when I find myself drawn into my own “story thinking,” I force myself back into the mold of focusing on where I want to hit the serve, where I want to hit the return, the basic strategy I want to use against this opponent, etc.
It is amazing how the digression of your thought process can have a negative impact on your performance. Worrying about the result will often cause you to tighten up or become too cautious. Focusing on the next shot will help you loosen up and swing more freely.
What have you experienced?
My physical therapist Michelle (pictured) put me through all the rehab exercises every morning this week (a couple were fairly torturous!); but combined with then walking up and down the street, icing, and repeating the process in the afternoon has paid dividends.
On Friday, I met with Dr. Zehr who pronounced me “fit” and cleared me to drive (tennis ball machine in two more weeks). I will try to keep myself on the exercise routine (with the help of Nurse DeDe) and as the good doctor says “Walk. Walk. Walk.”
Frank Hagelshaw is having double bypass surgery
Larry Turville is finishing up his many weeks of chemo and radiation; and planning to return to NC.
Jimmy Parker and Don Long are playing for the Gold at the 75 Hard Court Championships today (and both, along with Fred Drilling and Michael Stewart, have been named to the World Team).
And HELP the tennis father writing in the first comment below…
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