The Benefits of Working With a Sports Psychologist Some tennis players, even top pros, maintain the false belief that they are weak mentally if they have to use a sports psychologist or mental coach for tennis performance. Even Andy Murray believed this idea earlier in his career, but not today after winning the 2012 US Open! Murray has … [Read more...] about Andy Murray Uses Sports Psychologist
Do you need a mental game tune up or complete overhaul? Today, I'll explain how you know this. A powerful mental game is critical to your success on the court.... In fact, many of the top players in the world believe that a strong mental game allows their physical talent to prosper: "Confidence means a lot. It's a very mental game. So if … [Read more...] about Mental Game of Tennis Tune Up or Overhaul?
Do You Put Too Much Pressure on Yourself? I love the psychology of tennis during big tournaments. The momentum shifts of a final match, such as Federer and Nadal in the 2009 Australian Open, are so fun to watch. Most tennis fans see the shots and strategy, but don’t pick up the psychology of the match – at least as much as I do. As a tennis … [Read more...] about Nadal’s Mental Toughness: Know Who You Are
How Does Sharapova Deal With Losing? Winning is important for many tennis players. Winning can become so important that tennis players focus too much on winning during the match. Thinking too much about the outcome distracts players from the present moment and can be a source of stress. For example, some junior tennis players worry about … [Read more...] about Sharapova: How To Learn From Losing
Motivating Kids in Tennis OK, my daughter – age 10 – and I were practicing this week to prepare for a local USTA tournament. I got frustrated one day with her lack of motivation and inability to focus during practice. My philosophy: Do it right or don’t do it at all. But I forget: Young kids have difficult time focusing in practice when they … [Read more...] about Tennis Kids Just Want to Have Fun
Using a tennis psychologist might not be for every tennis players. And I’ll tell you why in just a moment... But first I want to discuss the role of sports psychology in tennis. The goal of sports psychology for tennis is to help players perform their best by improving the necessary mental game skills to excel in tournaments. Tennis psychology … [Read more...] about Tennis Psychologist Not For Every Player