Improving Your Tennis Focus Have you ever been told by a your tennis coach, or perhaps a parent, that you need to focus more? The word “focus” is commonly thrown around in the world of tennis. The definition of “focusing” is directing your attention or effort towards something specific. So if you were competing and thinking about the pizza … [Read more...] about Federer’s Match Focus Can’t Be Beat
Staying Focusing in Each Set Has a coach ever implored you to concentrate? Have you ever been told that you would be a better player if only you learned to improve your concentration? Have you ever been told exactly what concentration is or how to improve it? Most tennis players think concentration is some innate ability that we possess. … [Read more...] about Djokovic: Lose Focus And You Lose the Set
Staying Competitive Regardless of The Opponent In this week's tennis psychology podcast, mental game of tennis expert, Dr. Patrick Cohn answers a question from a tennis player who has trouble performing his best when playing against opponents who are not as strong as him. Listen to this month's tennis psychology podcast to learn how to improve … [Read more...] about Tennis Podcast: Do You Play Down to Weaker Tennis Players?
Do You Choke in Tournaments? In this week's tennis psychology podcast, mental game of tennis expert, Dr. Patrick Cohn answers a question from a sports parent whose daughter performs well in practice, but chokes in tournaments. He wants to know which tennis psychology audio/workbook program would help her. Listen to this month's tennis … [Read more...] about Tennis Podcast: Bring Confidence To Tournaments
How to Stop Overthinking The Score In this week's tennis psychology podcast, mental game of sports expert, Dr. Patrick Cohn, welcomes back Ian Westermann, a USPTA certified teaching professional and host of the Essential Tennis Podcast. Dr. Cohn and Ian answer a question from a tennis player who plays well in the first set, then starts to think … [Read more...] about Tennis Podcast: Does The Score Distract You in Matches?
Do you have the mental stamina to fight to the end of a long, closely contended competition and never give up? Is your fitness strong enough to endure a five-hour battle so that you don’t lose your mental focus? Are you mentally able to push past the physical pain when your body is telling you it’s out of gas? I loved the feeling of a close, … [Read more...] about Djokovic’s Tennis Mind: I Can Suffer and Win
How Do You Know When You're in The Zone? The zone is a state of supreme focus that help athletes perform at their peak when they become totally immersed into their performance. Athletes depict the zone in many ways, such as the driver merges with the car; the tennis player joins her mind with the ball and court; the swimmer becomes one with the … [Read more...] about Rodger Federer’s Match Focus
Keeping Composure to Move Past Mistakes History was made at the 2010 Wimbledon Championships, when John Isner and Nicolas Mahut battled on the court for a record 11 hours, 5 minutes spread over three days. Both players displayed remarkable mental toughness throughout the match, but Inser took the victory 70-68 in the fifth set. “It was the will … [Read more...] about John Isner’s Will to Win
Letting Go Of Comfort Zones Do you protect your lead when you have a big lead? Many tennis players don’t perform their best because they play within their comfort zone. What is a comfort zone? A comfort zone based on how you expect to perform. You expect to achieve certain statistics or beat an opponent by a certain score. Comfort zones are … [Read more...] about Getting Over Your Comfort Zone
Improving Tennis Match Focus Do you get sidetracked by distractions that happen during matches, such as an argument in an adjacent court or a bug pestering you? I call these distractions external distractions. They can happen grab your attention and hurt your focus during a match. I recently received a question about how to handle … [Read more...] about How To Focus During Tennis Matches