It is truly amazing to me how the subconscious brain can control what we do or don’t do (on and off the court). That is why, when you have time to think before you serve, hit a ground stroke, or drive that overhead … what you say to yourself really matters.
Don’t Say Negatives
I am as guilty as the next player in saying the WRONG things to myself before a shot. My worst is when that high lob is starting to come down in a critical situation and I say to myself, “Don’t miss this one!” Of course, you know what happens.
My understanding is that the brain disregards the negative and visualizes the part that says, (don’t) “…miss this one” or (don’t) “…double fault” or (don’t) “… hit it into the net.” And, what you visualize is what you do.
The answer is to work at replacing that negative talk with a positive image. On almost every shot (where you have time to think), it is best to say – and visualize – “LOCATION”. In other words, say and visualize where you want to hit the ball to … and you are more likely to hit it there!
What do you say to yourself?
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