Does Your Internal Chatter Distract You During Points?
In this week’s tennis psychology podcast, mental game of tennis expert, Dr. Patrick Cohn answers a question from Ed, who is struggling with internal chatter.
Here’s the question I received from Ed:
“I can’t stop the internal chatter and as a result I don’t stay focused on the ball. I look away from the ball just before contact.”
COHN: “What’s the chatter about?”
“I find myself talking about what I should have done on the last point and what I need to do on the next point and then I’m not ready for the next point.”
Dr. Cohn gives mental game tips on how to stop overthinking the previous and the next point in a tennis match.
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COHN: “This is common problem for tennis players in that they are overthinking what just happening to them in the prior point. I call that dwelling. And over analyzing what you need to do on the next point isn’t going to help you perform your peak performance either.”
Listen to the audio below to hear how Dr. Cohn would address this issue:
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