I have been playing
recreational tennis matches for close to 10 years now. For the first few years,
I would lose a lot, often to players who I thought had weaker tennis skills
than me. It was quite frustrating.
It took me about 4
years of playing matches to figure out how I could win more tennis matches.
There are three things I do now that result in me winning a lot more than I
ONE: Engaging in a Little
Almost any recreational
player will hit the ball the same way almost every time. Study you’re your
opponent a little more closely at the beginning of a match. Hit a cross court
shot to his or her backhand and see where and how the ball comes back to you.
Then do the same thing with the forehand.
Most likely, you will
see a pattern. Once you know the pattern, you can anticipate it and come up
with a counter shot for winning the point.
TWO: Tie Your Shoe
players will speed up their pace of play when things are going badly for them.
If they serve a fault, they will waste no time to serve another ball without
much thought. And they will rush through points and shots which in most cases
result in many lost points.
This negative state is
common in tennis and you have to break the pattern first with your mind before
your tennis skills can help you get out of a hole. The best way to do that is
to slow down your pace of play and get your head to think of something else-
even if it is just for a few minutes. This break will help cut off the downward
spiral of lost points.
I do this y bending
down to tie my shoe. When you tie your shoe, your mind has to get off on
focusing on how badly you played the last point of the last game. And this
short mind vacation will help you to get back on track.
THREE: Practice Consistency
This is the most
important improvement you can make to your game. For many years, I would go out
and practice with someone by just hitting balls back and forth and rallying. We
would not think much about where we were placing the ball and we definitely had
no rhyme or reason to our practice sessions.
This is the common
method of practice for most recreational players. But, if you look at the
serious players, they always have a method and curriculum for their practices.
They will practice one shot hundreds of times in a session.
And the shots they
practice are the ones they get in matches. In order to hit a shot consistently,
you must practice it thousands of times. For example, tell your practice partners
you are going to practice cross court ground strokes and then try to hit long
cross courts back and forth trying to get … Read More