Improving Your Mindset When Playing Higher Ranked Players
Do you have trouble taking your game to the next level and maybe beating that person that is 1 level ahead of you or higher ranked than you?
In this week’s tennis psychology podcast, mental game of tennis expert, Dr. Patrick Cohn answers a question from Riley about how do you take your game to the next level without falling into the mindset of happy loser.
Here’s what Riley had to say:
“Maybe you could give some tips or advice on how young players can go to the next level… Maybe beat that person who is on that next level above them without being the happy loser without falling prey to the tennis demons? the answer might be just keep going until it happens but the problem with that approach is that it does not address the happy loser mentality and if this is a real thing, then you may never win because of it.”
COHN: Riley, good question…
COHN: I’ve worked with a lot of juniors that tend to get psyched out when they are playing an opponent that is seeded higher than them or is ranked higher than them for example and get into that mentality that they chalk this one up to another loss before they even get on the court and that’s not going to help.
Listen to the audio below to hear what Dr. Cohn recommends to help your mindset when playing higher ranked players:
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