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November 1, 2000
How to establish momentum

"In an effort to follow the pro, the student focuses on his verbal descriptions and tries to mechanically talk themselves through their strokes. In the process they make the game far, far more difficult and frustrating than it actually is or needs to be."

 John Yandell, author of Visual Tennis

The quote above was from an article that John wrote describing the best way to learn tennis. His conclusion. You do not need much technical information. He's my kinda coach! I thought that would be interesting for you to read, since I have been telling you to not get bogged down with the technical skills, instead concentrate more on REPETITION. Other coaches are going in the same
direction.

Tennis is a game of "feel," not mechanics. Acquire a "feel" for a given stroke and the mechanics will work automatically. I guarantee it!!!

I am working on two new projects for my web site that should interest you. The first one is "tennis myths." You may click on a given myth like "you should take your racket back as soon as the ball comes off of your opponent's racket." Yes, that's right, it's a myth! I will let you know when the "tennis myths" section is ready. You may go to the web site, find out the truth about "taking your racket back" and many other myths. Traditional teaching methods are plagued with misconceptions.

Second, I am working on a procedure for an interactive tennis lesson with you. You will actually be able to go to the court week after week, following my email instructions and practice what you learned. Can it be done over the net....we'll see!

I will keep you posted on both of these projects.

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Until next time, enjoy the lesson!

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How to establish momentum

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Momentum! What is it? How do you get it? How do you lose it? And how do you get it back again? Good questions. You will be glad to know you do have some control over momentum, but you must have your mental attitude on straight. Otherwise momentum shifts in a match will drag you down. Actually I should say YOU will drag YOU down, not the momentum. Let’s go to the dictionary for a definition of "momentum." In Webster's dictionary momentum is, "a property of a moving body that determines the length of time required to bring it to rest when under the action of a constant force or moment." What! What in the world did that say? Forget it! Here is my definition. "Momentum is when your opponent is on a roll and you have to stop him - or lose!"  Ahhh, that’s much better. Apparently Mr. Webster does not know much about tennis! Of course, you can also be the one with the momentum and your opponent must stop you.

Momentum is the unseen drive or force that moves you continuously forward. You must learn to develop your own momentum in a match and if you lose it, you must gain it back! Most people do not realize it, but the key to momentum is consistency. Here is a phrase you should remember - "consistency establishes momentum." This is true in every aspect of life.  If you want momentum on your side, be consistent.  Consistency is the gateway to momentum. This is one of the reasons why handling your negatives, mistakes, and failures is top priority. If you are always letting up when you fail, you will not be consistent and consequently you will struggle to maintain momentum. If you lose momentum you must focus on being consistent to gain it back. Consistency establishes momentum!

The key to momentum is consistency, the key to consistency is concentration, and the key to concentration is self-discipline. What I am telling you is YOU have a lot to do with momentum. You must be self-disciplined to not let negatives, mistakes, and failures bother you. You must be self-disciplined to be patient when you lose momentum, and look to reestablish your consistency. And you must be self-disciplined to not change your game when you have momentum on your side. Self-discipline will help you maintain your consistency and keep your momentum.

Have you ever noticed when one player has the momentum then some unusual situation occurs and the momentum shifts back to the other player.  For example, at a crucial point, player "A" who does not have the momentum accidentally hits the net cord and the ball drops over on to player "B's" court. If it is a crucial point, many times the momentum will swing back to the other player on that one point! Do you know why this happens? It happens because consistency establishes momentum. The player who hit the net cord and won the crucial point feels motivated. The player who had a bad break during a crucial point feels a little down. Being a little down causes the player with momentum to lose some concentration and his consistency wanes a bit. Since consistency establishes momentum, he is vulnerable to losing some momentum at that moment. On the other hand, the player that caught a break at the right time feels great and his concentration improves which affects his consistency. Therefore, he is in position to grab the momentum back and many times this is exactly what happens! One way you can grab the momentum back is for you to be patient and keep plugging away waiting for an opportunity like this to happen, then seize the moment!

In conclusion, remember consistency establishes momentum. The key to momentum is consistency, the key to consistency is concentration, and the key to concentration is self-discipline. All of these principles come down to one little word that always makes the difference in a match.  That word is YOU!

Your email tennis coach,

Tom

Copyright © 2000 Tom Veneziano. All rights reserved.

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