ETI 050 | Multitasking on Court

Perhaps on court we all think too much, too often, and as often as not this truly intereferes with just playing the ball.

No judgment, one shot at a time, where the “winning takes care of itself.”

Well in the 1970’s before we ever knew of multitasking or mindfulness – those concepts were developed in a breakthrough book – The Inner Game of Tennis.

Are you mindless or mindfull on court?

Want more – check out Mindset by Jackie Reardon – a wonderful companion to The Inner Game.

And if you want yet more – here is a link to research at Stanford University, “Media Multitasks pay mental price.

Finally – if you are becoming aware that as much as 90% of this game may simply be mental – each month we provide a thoughtful lesson plan on how you can improve your game – with a special section within the ETI Network library on Mental Emotional issues.

If interested, we have a limited time special offer.


  • Arthur Quinby

    Reply Reply November 12, 2016

    If you just want to prove your concept, think about how when in a match, you hit an outright great shot, and you did it without and thought process.

    Sometimes I hit a shot that was 100% out of my control, and it becomes a winner! How is that possible, and why do we continue to try and have our mind HELP our body hit a shot, only to see that the shot was executed badly.

    For me, I have been working on finishing the shot and letting the rest of playing and hitting of the ball take care of itself, and as a result, I”m playing softer, with a lot less stress and sometimes I don’t even sweat! And I’m in Sarasota Florida!

    Great thought JIM!



    • Jim McLennan

      Reply Reply November 12, 2016

      Q – thanks for keeping in touch – Sarasota sounds wonderful

  • Krissi

    Reply Reply November 11, 2016

    Great wisdom and insight, Jim!

  • Joe

    Reply Reply November 11, 2016

    I play my best tennis when I think of either nothing or next to nothing. I play my best tennis when I relax, especially my grip. If I’m over-gripping my racket, it is because I’m not adequately relaxed. If I do think about anything it is the Finish. If I finish properly it is because I am adequately relaxed. I just try to feel it not think about it.

    • Jim McLennan

      Reply Reply November 11, 2016

      Joe – thanks for this – and truly your ending phrase captures the whole thing – “I try to feel”

  • Jeff

    Reply Reply November 11, 2016

    Jim – as always a very interesting and crystal clear presentation of a simple idea!

    But I must admit to being confused when I think of Any Murray’s antics, recent results and your message.

    Sure Lendal has calmed Murray down but still Murray’s antics seem to always ooze out?

    Thanks Coach!

    • Jim McLennan

      Reply Reply November 11, 2016

      Jeff – I agree (sort of) for McEnroe ad a similar high strung issue – at some point look thru our site for an article I put up about Lendle and their sport psychologist

  • Alex Tah

    Reply Reply November 9, 2016

    I’m interested in the special offer

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