Welcome to the tennis lesson hotline, sponsored by Tom's Tennis
Tapes, "educating players one mind at a time." I'm Tom
Veneziano. This lesson lasts approximately 2 minutes and
changes on the first of every month.
You're having trouble in a match. You just can't seem to get a feel
of the match and your rhythm and timing are off. What should you
do? Well, to make this simple let's reduce it to one shot.
How about the serve. You're getting serves in, but you're missing
a lot of 1st serves and feel like something is just not right.
First, let's approach this from the standpoint of the negative. What
should you not do. You should not try to hit the ball harder. It's
amazing how many times players who are having trouble begin hitting the
ball harder to get out of their little slump. Somehow this is
supposed to get them back on track. I guess a legitimate question
to ask would be, if you were not playing well at your normal speed why
would you play any better blasting the ball around the court. Avoid this
pitfall of hitting the ball harder when you're in trouble.
On the positive side here's what you should do. You should slow it
down and try to re-establish your timing and rhythm. This in turn will
improve your consistency. Now, there is a subtle pitfall you must
avoid when you are attempting to slow down. You're trying to set
your timing and rhythm, not win the point. There is a
difference. Let's go back to the serve. You decide to slow it down
and re-establish your timing on the serve. When you do this you're
not hitting your best serves, so your opponent may have an opportunity
to win a few more points. You must learn to handle these lost
points for the sake of re-establishing your rhythm. Once your
timing and rhythm improve you can begin placing the ball better and even
speed it up.
Can you see the problem? Most players after losing a few points
forget about their timing and rhythm and go right back to their original
erratic play. Don't be guilty of this infraction. The next time
you're having trouble in your match, do not hit the ball harder.
Instead, slow it down and re-establish your timing and rhythm.
Remember, you're not trying to win the point so learn to handle the
loses until your timing kicks in. I know losing these points can
be very difficult to deal with, but there are two words we use to
describe this situation in sports... Mental Toughness!
If you would like more information on my audio cassettes, leave your
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1st of every month. Thank You.
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What others are saying about
"Tom deals with the thinking end of tennis like no
one else. It's almost too difficult to explain, you have to experience
it. He has an uncanny knack for getting right to the heart of the
matter. You come away thinking, that's right: it makes sense!"
Colleen Cremer, Houston, TX.
"It's interesting to note that everyone can use these tapes from
beginner to championship level. You can apply the information to
whatever level you play on."
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" Tom's audio cassettes have changed my thinking, aligning it with
the correct information needed to improve my game. He's right there with
you, inside your head, challenging you to make those changes. It's like
having your own personal coach! I highly recommend his tapes for
Linda Zimmerman, Houston, TX.
"On the way to my HLTA match I listened to Tom's tape, "Some
Before Match Pointers." Call it a coincidence, but I won my first
HLTA match ever! I just seemed to be in a better frame of mind. Thanks,
Mary Ogden, Houston, TX.
"Tom and I have been friends for over twenty years. It's not
surprising to me players talk so positively about his tapes. He's always
possessed exceptional athletic ability along with an unusual analytical
mind. Tom simply likes to think! At times he would drive me crazy, but
he was the driving force behind my journey into tennis. I'm 6'1"
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You'll never view tennis the same way again!"
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