- ETI 001 Three Keys to Winning Tennis
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[headline_tahoma_small_left color=”#000000″]Three Keys to Winning Tennis[/headline_tahoma_small_left]
Everyone enjoys tennis when playing well. But when it comes to tournaments, league play, or even the regular game with your favorite opponent, we all want to win. But tennis becomes a contest when your opponent is evenly matched and wants to win every bit as badly as you.
Here are three time-tested keys to winning the close fought contest.
- Keep the ball in play. At even the highest level of professional tennis, the winner of the match is the player who makes the fewest errors. But there is more to the story. As the second set begins, you must truly how the points are falling. If you are winning, you must know why, so you can continue to impose your game. And if losing, you must equally know why so you can decide what aspect of your game you must change. And this entire process begins simply with your determination to minimize errors and keep the ball in play.
- First impressions, and the value of winning the first point of every game. All points are equal, but in some sense big points occur predictably in the tiebreaker or at the end of a very close set. But way too often, you and I overlook the simple strategic benefit from getting an early lead – in a game, in a set, or in a match. Simply put, do everything you can to win the first point of every game. The first game of every set, and the first set of every match. Momentum is a two way street, and if you are ahead in every game, that can weigh heavily on your opponent.
- Pay close attention to the other side of the net. In many if not most instances, players focus on how they hit the ball, and where they direct their shots. But if you pay close attention to your opponent’s mannerisms, as well as their reaction to errors, you will as often as not discover their “Achilles Heel,” the shot they simply cannot hit, or the error that truly drives them crazy. Pay close attention to your opponent.
- And though we only said there were three keys within this podcast, if you would like a fourth – then play silently and without negative expression. Arthur Ashe played a cool and collected game, with similar mannerisms whether winning or losing. Often if you are cool and collected when behind in a set or match, the opponent may actually wonder why you are not “sweating it.”
Friends – this stuff works. Keep me posted. I do need your feedback