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September 1, 1998
The lost art of learning

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 1st of every month. 

This lesson is going to be on the lost art of learning.  With the advent of the quick fix, feel good, learn to be an A player in a weekend mentality, true learning is slowly losing out.  By the way, there actually is a book titled "Learn to be an A Player in a Weekend".... I can hear the wheels turning, I know what you're thinking....where can I buy that book?  

There are two aspects of learning I would like to focus on.  Number one: learning takes time, it's long term.  Number two: learning is doing simple things consistently.  It's amazing how many of us can not get number one right (learning takes time, it's long term).  Most of us will say, yes I know that, then proceed to take a lesson and become frustrated because you cannot do what you are learning immediately.  You say, I've been practicing for 10 minutes, isn't that long enough?!

When learning you must develop a long-term focus.  Here's a great tip.  When you are learning a new stroke you're really not trying to make the shot, instead you're trying to simply start the process in the right direction, so eventually it will happen by itself.  I'm constantly telling my lessons to take themselves out of the equation, follow the correct principles, and let the correct principles work for them. This is difficult because we want to make it happen NOW! Here's some cold-hearted truth...whether you like it or not, no matter what you do it's going to take time, so you might as well relax and enjoy the process. 

Number two, while learning is taking time, during that time you must do simple things consistently. Find simple things to work on, then do them consistently. This concept of doing something consistently is mind boggling to people. They think because they have been working on a shot for 3 weeks they have been consistent.  It's a beginning, but you have to work on it week after week for months before you can claim some kind of consistency. 

Consistency is not dong something 100 times.  It's doing something 100 times 100 times.  I tell you what, if you can get these two concepts clear in your mind, you'll actually find yourself learning faster!  Isn't that what you wanted in the first place?

If you would like additional information leave your name and address at the sound of the tone and I will mail you a price list and order form for my audio cassettes. Thank you. 

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What others are saying about my tapes!

"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."

Dan Hanusa, Houston, TX.

" 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 everyone."

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, Tom."

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" and Tom is 5'6" but I could never beat the little imp! All joking aside, if Tom's thinking is on audio cassettes, you should listen! You'll never view tennis the same way again!"

Sam Lacava,Tennis Professional, Stewartsville, N.J.

Thank you all for the testimonials! I appreciate it!



Hi Tom,
Your books and CD are the best form of lessons I have had over the years. I am 38 and still improving!

Tariq Mahmood
Bristol, England


ADDENDUM:  I teach a total system of thinking in regard to stroke production and mental attitude which I cannot explain in one email.  Although each lesson can stand alone you will derive tremendous physical and mental benefit by understanding the total philosophy.  These emails, my web site, books, and tapes are part of a course in tennis, not just isolated tennis tips.  They all fit together into a system.  A system that once understood can help you not only learn tennis at a faster rate, and develop mental toughness, but also give you the knowledge necessary to help guide you and your children to a better understanding of the developmental process.
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