Hi, everyone! Welcome to the next email tennis lesson. There were some questions last lesson about the technically oriented thinker vs. the repetition oriented thinker and how it affected match play. I gave one reason why repetition orientation is superior to make your game come alive and help you think better in match situations! This time I will give you an additional four. A total of five reasons that I call "the five dynamics of repetition" to help you understand that there is no substitute for repetition to condition the mind for match play!!! How you learn drastically affects how you think in match play! This took me many, many years to completely understand and then develop a system that can be used and understood by my lessons. These email lessons are just a small portion of that system, but enough to get you thinking in a different way about your tennis and how you learn. Hope you enjoy it!
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Welcome to the tennis lesson hotline, sponsored by Tom's Tennis Tapes, "educating players one mind at a time." I'm Tom Veneziano. This lesson lasts approximately 2 minutes and changes on the first of every month.
Repetition oriented thinking vs. Technically oriented thinking, we are not through yet! Last lesson I gave you one reason why Repetition oriented thinking is superior to Technically oriented thinking. When you are Repetition oriented the emphasis is on YOU doing something, not relying on the technical to do it for you. It's subtle, but the difference in thinking exists big time in match play. Remember, the Repetition oriented thinker relies on himself for the win rather than relying on the technical to be right to win!
Can you not be technically sound according to the so-called traditional way illustrated in hundreds of books and still win? Yes, of course, the pros do it all the time. It's called mental toughness. The big advantage of Repetition oriented thinking is that it has mental toughness built right into it!!! Besides being oriented toward YOU taking the responsibility for your play, there are four other dynamic benefits that repetition offers. Let me briefly cover them here.
Number one - improved concentration. Obviously, if you can withstand a lot of repetition your concentration will improve. And how about this, do you know what the key to concentration is? The key is self-discipline! One more time we are back to YOU! Your concentration improves because YOU keep concentrating even when it gets boring. It's up to YOU!
Number two - learning to deal with the good and bad cycles that exist. For a while you are doing well, then five minutes later you're doing poorly. This is true also in match play, therefore, repetition can teach you how to deal with the ups and downs of a match. I don't care if you are number one in the world, the good and bad cycles always exist. It's important to understand ahead of time that these cycles will occur and not be frustrated by them.
Number three - learning to deal properly with the bad times. All matches have times when you are playing poorly. Repetition teaches you how to deal with these times by not making many changes, but instead staying with what you are doing and concentrating on improving your timing and rhythm. I have seen this over and over again in sports (even on a professional level). The athletes have trouble and start changing everything under the sun. For weeks they try to come out of their slump by correcting every technical thing possible. Eventually, out of frustration they give up and just start going for their shots. To their amazement they come out of their slump! What occurred was simple, they stopped over-thinking and their timing and rhythm clicked back in. Do not over-think during your bad times!!! It's more about timing and rhythm than anything else.
And finally number four - from repetition you learn not to tense up and "make it happen," but to relax and "let it happen," a key element in high level match play! When you do a lot of repetition you quickly learn that tensing up only makes it worse. You must learn in your matches to "let it happen" not "make it happen." Repetition can teach you this principle! Let's summarize and list the five dynamics of repetition.
Repetition Orientation relies on YOU not the technical.
Teaches you improved concentration through self-discipline.
Teaches you to understand there will always be good and bad cycles in a match.
Teaches you to handle your bad times without making major changes.
Teaches you to not "make it happen" in matches, but master the art of "letting it happen."
Your email tennis coach,
© 1999 Tom Veneziano
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