Tennis Podcast: Kids and The Mental Game

Many young junior players today don’t understand the mental game of tennis and thus can’t apply its concepts. In this week’s tennis psychology session, you’ll learn how to help young tennis players understand the concepts in tennis psychology. Dr. Cohn teaches you how to help kids understand the mental game of tennis. You have to make the mental […]

Hewitt: Tennis Confidence and Momentum

Tennis confidence and momentum is super important to your game and the most powerful mental game of tennis asset. Momentum can help you find your rhythm and win a series of games or points in a row- with superior confidence. When you have momentum, you may feel like nothing can stop you from hitting solid shots […]

Mental Game of Tennis Interview with Dr. Cohn

Kevin McClure, Director of Tennis at Sport Fit recently interviewed me on the Tennis Podcast Show. Kevin and I discussed a wide range of tennis psychology topics and the importance mental toughness in tennis. Coach Keven asked some excellent tennis psychology questions about how I teach the mental game of tennis to my students and my own daughter. He asked […]

3 Reasons You Underperform in Matches

Many tennis players – junior, club, and professional – have asked the same question in my recent tennis psychology survey for players, coaches, and sports parents. So I need to clear up something… Several players want to know how tennis psychology strategies or the mental game of tennis can help them improve their game. I […]

Practice to Play: Tennis Mind Misfiring?

The number one reason tennis players seek mental game training is because they can’t perform as well in matches as they do in practice. Their mind game is getting the way of their tennis performance on the court. In most cases, if you can’t take your practice game to matches, you lack trust or confidence […]

The Inner Game of Tennis Mindset

The inner game of tennis is a wonderful lesson in sports psychology for tennis players. Timothy Gallwey wrote the “Inner Game of Tennis” many years ago and it was a groundbreaking book at the time in tennis instruction and sports psychology. You should read the inner game of tennis if you have not. Gallwey says that tennis players […]

Mental Game of Tennis and Kids’ Confidence

In my last article, I discussed the top five mental game of tennis confidence busters for tennis juniors. Why are these so important? It’s simple. Tennis juniors cannot achieve their potential without feeling self-confident. The top five confidence killers I touched on are: high expectations, perfectionism, self-doubt, negative feedback and not believing in one’s self. In […]

Tennis Mind Game: Tips for Tennis Parents

Often, parents have the best of intentions when they give their kids pep talks. They might say something like, “You’ve beaten this opponent before!” Or, “I want you to win this match in two sets.” Or, they might say, “Remember how to use your footwork, right? Make sure your racquet face is in the right […]

The Mental Game of Tennis: Think Less

Tennis players I know spend a lot of time working with instructors and taking lessons to improve their mechanics or technique. You must work on your strokes to improve your game – this is a given. However, many players become too obsessed with perfect stroke mechanics, which interferes with their ability to “be a performer.” […]

Venus Williams Loves Tournament Pressure

Venus Williams defeated Flavia Pennetta 7-6 (1), 6-2 to win the Zurich Open title last weekend. Williams’ Zurich Open title was her second since 1999 when she played as a teenager. One sign of a good mental game of tennis is the ability to raise your game under tournament pressure. Venus Williams said after the […]