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TENNIS ZONE 1

In tennis there is always someone somewhere at some time who is a better player than you. This is facing reality which frees up the idea of being a good or bad player. We are all on different levels of ability at one time or another. No matter how long you wait no matter how much you prepare you are still going to make mistakes. This is another one of those inevitabilities of life, a reality of being human.

Our goals are to continue to grow and enjoy tennis and play to the best of our ability. Enjoyment can be much more than winning, but we know playing well is a subjective and individual feeling that we are getting better, feeling better and being successful in our game.

In all things there is success and failure. It is part of the human goal striving mechanism that seeks the truth through trial and error. Only by missing do we understand hitting. We must realize that at some point we will lose, this is reality. The opposite also is true, we will WIN.

In playing the game we know that we follow physical principles that require time, space, power and control to develop and execute the game of tennis. The better the player you become the more you must follow as closely as possible bio/mental-mechanical techniques that work.

Developing the practice of thinking of mistakes as opportunities creates wisdom. With that kind of perspective it becomes much easier to take corrective technical action. When the mind is relaxed and balanced with the body the "zone" is close.

  • The Basics of Strategy

    Every shot is very important because it could be your last.
  • Anticipate opportunities and hit the first short ball.
  • Instinctively want to move forward not backward.
  • Mentally know that you are here for the whole match.
  • Forget the winners that your opponent may hit and just play.
  • Buy time at every opportunity so you can be prepared to hit.
  • Get all your serves in deep. The first serve takes pressure off you.
  • Keep the ball down the middle and deep consistently
  • Swing through your shots, don't tighten up if you hit long at first.
  • Keep moving and always strive for balance.
  • Strive to hit technically correct shots during the match.
  • Visualize before you hit: mental pictures produce physical results.

The above is also representative of a philosophy that we feel when we play the game. Always strive to enjoy each day, each shot, each game and each player that you play with. Every shot is new and different and this is an exciting game to play... When you find the "zone" for the first time you realize that it is the synthesis of all your practices, shots, feelings and thoughts brought together in harmony. During these all too short experiences there is a confidence and the willingness to break the barriers and be as good as you can be.

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