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.
If you would like to learn to win more....lose! Sounds like an oxymoron, but it's true! Too many times we continue to play people we can beat. This is not bad to gain a little confidence as you're improving, but in the long run you must find players that can beat you. And yes, that even includes those dreaded consistent lobbers that keep floating the ball back. Whenever I hear my lessons say "I got beat, but they were not really playing tennis, they were just floating the ball back...I don't like to play that way." I am quick to point out that what their opponents were doing is called consistency, which is really what wins in tennis. Can you imagine Pete Sampras losing to someone and saying "the guy was just floating the ball back. I don't play that way!" I think he would handle that type of player quite easily. You should learn to do the same! That's how you become a better player. Go out and play people who can beat you...no matter what style they play. This will help you adapt in your matches regardless of the different styles you'll be up against.
Here are a couple of other reasons you should seek out players who can beat you. It will stop you from being lazy on the tennis court and developing bad habits. This is a toughie because you get away with being lazy and doing the wrong things when you win all the time, but when you advance to another level it doesn't work anymore. You can stop this from happening by constantly seeking out players a little better than you.
The next reason is my favorite. If you play people you can beat all the time you'll never take risks, never challenge yourself, and never explore new options. Why should you when you can win without doing all those things and stay in your comfort zone? Yes, its true: in order to win more you have to lose.
I challenge you to find players or teams with all different styles that can beat you and learn to adapt until you can improve against those styles. Now, you may lose for a while, but in the long run it will pay huge dividends. Go ahead, give it a shot and you'll learn what most successful people have learned... and that is they fail their way to success!
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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!
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