Improving Your Tennis Mental Game
How would you rate your mental game on the tennis court?
Do want to develop a stronger mental game–one that can help improve your consistency on the court?
Does your performance vary from match to match despite your physical skills not changing that much?
Tennis players I coach on the mental game are frustrated with their lack of consistency from day to day…
Do you then try too hard to play your best only to make several unforced errors… Slowly your game seems to unravel.
Mental toughness is a skill, not a trait you are born with–it can improve.
With any skill, mental toughness requires dedicated and focused practice to hone the skill.
Many players believe that tennis professionals develop their mental game after they reach the elite level to gain an edge on their competition.
In reality, most tennis players achieve elite status because they were developing their mental game along with their technical game for years prior to reaching the elite level.
Top-ranked doubles players Bob and Mike Bryan have a very strong mental game.
The Bryans claimed their fourth doubles title in 2014 at the Barclays ATP Finals with a 6-7 (5), 6-2, 10-7 win over seventh-seeded Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo.
The Bryans bounced back in the second set breaking their opponents in the fourth game and won three of the first four points in the match tie-break to secure the title.
After the match, Mike Bryan credited their mental training program for their success in 2014.
MIKE BRYAN: “It [their program] kind of just focuses your brain to recreate the zone, which is kind of a relaxed concentration.”
The Bryans displayed their mental toughness on the court despite losing their first match to claim their 103rd career title.
MIKE BRYAN: “This [ATP Final] is considered the fifth slam, with the top eight teams in the world. To lose our first match and bounce back, barely qualify for the semi-finals, win today, was a great feeling.”
Mike Bryan further described how their mental game benefited their performance on the court.
MIKE BRYAN: “We did play a little looser. We freed up our games a little bit and did go for our shots, especially in that third set breaker. We let it fly. Bob finished the match with a 132 serve, 131. He wasn’t playing that serve safe.”
Try these tips to sharpen your mental game:
- Tip #1: Trust your strokes instead of holding back. You will miss some shots and that’s okay. You will not win every point. Just re-group and re-focus on the next shot. Remember, mental toughness is about overcoming adversity and playing well during critical moments.
- Tip #2: Play loose, relaxed, and carefree. When you play tense or nervous, you hesitate and second-guess yourself. Tennis is a game, not life or death.
To learn all my secrets for playing relaxed tennis, look into mental training to add to your training program.
Are you (or your players) performing up to your ability in competition?
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“Since you last worked with AJ in early September, his National ranking has improved from 349 to 148. His tournament record at one point, since talking with you was 17-4, with 3 of the 4 being in third sets or tiebreakers and 2 of those matches being the same player, whom he has since beaten (you may recall he was on an 0-9 losing streak when we contacted you). His tie-breaker record is at least 90% through last weekend when he won the 18s District tournament with a semi and final match tiebreak win. Your help has definitely improved AJ’s results and his on-court demeanor has substantially improved.”
~Dawn Woodman, A.J.’s Mother