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October 1, 1998
Aiming your shots

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.  

How would you like to be able to aim your shots and have the ball go where you're aiming!  Well, I have the solution!  It's not a quick- fix solution, but a solution that can probably cut your learning time in half.  It's the missing link!  O.K. here it is, this may shock you so you may want to sit down.  If you want to aim your shot better you're going to have to think about aiming it!  You may be thinking... that's it!  Yep, that's it!  Do you know how many players do not think about aiming their shot, but just hit the ball with the hope that it will go somewhere over the net.  As one of my players once retorted when I questioned her if she was aiming the ball or not.  She said, "I am aiming it.  I want the ball to go...that way!"  as she pointed somewhere over the net. 

Now, if you're a C player this is not a bad idea, but if you're a B3 player or higher you need to begin practicing thinking about aiming your shot.  Notice I said practice thinking. The key here is thinking.  During practice you must begin practicing the correct thought process of aiming the ball. Each time you're about to hit a ball think about where you want to aim it.  At first this will feel awkward because you're not used to it, but with repetition, thinking where you want to aim the ball will become very natural.  In fact, eventually if you do enough repetition the correct thought will pop into your mind automatically.  This brings me to the pop principle.

The pop principle is something I use extensively in my teaching methods.  It goes like this.  If you repeat a thought (like aiming a ball) enough times over and over again for weeks and months, eventually that thought will automatically pop into your mind at the right time.  To learn a physical skill you must repeat that skill over and over again.  Well, the same is true for the thinking.  You must repeat a thought over and over again until you learn it.  

The next time you're practicing try some repetition of thought.  Begin by thinking about where you're going to aim your shot.  Do this enough times and presto! Someday it will amaze you by popping into your mind all by itself.  The pop principle works...use it! 

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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"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 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."

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"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!

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