Every tennis player in the world does it … they blow the easy shot. But what you do or say after that miss might help you the next time. Here are some considerations.
What do you do?
Frequently, the player who misses the shot mimics the INCORRECT motion that caused the error. But rather, they should rehearse what the CORRECT stroke would have looked like.
Instead of reinforcing the bad behavior, it is better to lay the groundwork for making the right motion the next time.
What do you say?
How many times have you heard, “I can’t make a single shot today!” … or, “Today is just not my day!”??
In my opinion, that makes it a self-fulfilling prophecy that you will continue to miss shots. Rather, accept the fact that you blew JUST THAT SHOT and move on to try to play your regular, solid game.
And on a psychological note, listen to what players call themselves after a miss. Frequently, they will use the name their mother/father used when reprimanding them. For example, when missing an easy shot, Bob will yell out “Robert William!”. Hmmmm.
What does your partner say?
Almost as important as your reaction to an easy miss is your doubles partner’s reaction to your miss. Are they supportive and tell you that you made the right move, keep on swinging, you’ll make more than you miss?
Or are they judgmental and groan, make a face, or actually say something negative to you? For me, one of the most critical traits of a good doubles partner is one who is NOT judgmental, but continues to encourage you.
How do YOU react to missing an easy shot?
Mas Kimball Update (from Mas)…
Firstly, thank you all for the support, prayers, best wishes, and good vibes sent to me in my fight with pancreatic cancer. Although I may not have time to answer each of you individually, I do read every email, and they do lift me up, so THANK YOU!!!
Unfortunately, I have bad news and not so bad news this morning.
With the biopsy results performed last week completed, Dr. Abrams at Dana Farber in Boston confirmed the diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. The bad news is that the cancer has “showered” through the abdominal cavity, thereby classifying this as a Stage 4 Cancer. Therefore, neither surgery or radiation are options. Chemotherapy is the only choice at this point. So, I begin two months of Chemo on December 7th with treatments every two weeks. After four treatments, another scan will determine if the Chemotherapy is working to reduce the cancer. I’m also investigating alternative approaches to mitigate the effects of the treatments and methods to “starve” the cancer through diet and supplements.
The not so bad news is that because I am otherwise in good health with no underlining conditions and physically fit (thank you tennis!!), my chances of withstanding the Chemo with beneficial effects are increased. So, for now, it is eating as much as I can to stabilize my weight, taking pain meds so I am comfortable, and staying as positive and as active as possible. It doesn’t sound too hard!
So … that’s the news from Lake Wobegon. Happy Thanksgiving!
Stay healthy, take care of yourself and be safe,
All my best,
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