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January 1, 2000
The Freedom to go for Your Shots!

Hello, everyone. I hope you had a great New Years. The year 2000! Still looks strange to me. I would like to thank everyone for your enthusiasm for the Tennis Lesson Hotline. I have had excellent feedback throughout the year. Thank you for your support and passing the hotline email address around to friends, family, and fellow tennis players. 

My new book "The Truth about Winning" is getting close to being printed. At first it was going to be a tape series, but I changed my mind and decided on a book. It is a lot more work, but I like the idea that people can easily refer to it from time to time. There is a lot of information that has to be reread a number of times. I will have a few more books to follow after that one. I am trying to slowly write my Tennis Warrior System down in books and tapes. I want you to know you all are on my mind all the time when I write. Even though I do not know many of you, I do know what you are up against when learning or playing tennis. I am trying to get enough information in print to help you learn tennis and develop mental toughness at a faster rate. My target for all that I write is your mind. I am determined to get inside your mind and teach you the big picture which I have learned from my 27 years teaching tennis. Even if I have to do it one mind at a time! HA!

The email address for any new tennis enthusiasts you have is tom@tenniswarrior.com 

A simple, but very powerful lesson below. Enjoy!

Tom's Online Tennis Lesson

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 two minutes and changes on the first of every month.

Alright we are starting a new year. I'm going to give you a New Years resolution for your tennis game. Give yourself the freedom to go for your shots and if you miss...accept it! Easy enough to say, but to accomplish this sometimes can be mind boggling!!! I have a challenge for everyone. A challenge that helped me reach the next level in my tennis game. Here it is. 

In your next three matches give yourself the freedom to go for your shots, whether you win, lose, or draw. By going for your shots, I do not mean blasting the ball all over the court. You can be hitting a slow drop shot and still be going for your shot. It's more a matter of what you think. Going for your shots is merely the absence of being tentative. You mentally let go. To mentally "let go" you must be willing to accept the mistakes and failures that come with this mental attitude. When you "let go" a percentage of your shots will go in and a percentage will miss. You must accept this as your level of play. I repeat, you must accept this as your level of play. This is one of the keys to accomplishing this challenge. You can not think to yourself, I could have played better if I would have played my old way.

I have told many players to do this in some of their fun matches, but they always come back and say "I did let go, but only for half of the time." I have often said it's easier to play on a higher level, than on a lower level. Why? Simple, pros only know one way to play...they go for it! If they did not go for it, they would lose. As a result, there is no indecisiveness when they play. When there is no indecisiveness there is less mental confusion. They make one decision (even if they miss) and that one decision is to "give themselves the freedom to go for their shots and if they miss, accept it." Nike had it right "just do it!"

What I remember the most about finally "letting go" was the sense of freedom that came with it. I stopped worrying about winning or losing and just played. I was just on "go," win, lose or draw. The amazing thing to me was how well I eventually started playing. To me it was a secret that catapulted my game up a notch or two. It was fun! You can do the same. Give this a try in the new year. Start by just "letting go" for three matches. You will experience something you never have before. One word of caution though. Do not go on the court thinking to yourself, yes I'm going for it! Then, the first shot you miss you say, well I tried that, back to my comfort zone! See if this year you can step out of your comfort zone and into the Mental Toughness Zone by "giving yourself the freedom to go for your shots and if you miss, accept it!"

If you're interested in receiving more tennis information, a brief description of my audio tapes, prices, and testimonials are listed below. 

Thank you.

Your email tennis coach,


© 1999 Tom Veneziano, 10855 Meadowglen #1022, Houston, TX 77042

What others are saying about my tapes!

"Tom deals with the thinking end of tennis like no one else. It's almost too difficult to explain, you have to experience it. He has an uncanny knack for getting right to the heart of the matter. You come away thinking, that's right: it makes sense!"

Colleen Cremer, Houston, TX.

"It's interesting to note that everyone can use these tapes from beginner to championship level. You can apply the information to whatever level you play on."

Dan Hanusa, Houston, TX.

" Tom's audio cassettes have changed my thinking, aligning it with the correct information needed to improve my game. He's right there with you, inside your head, challenging you to make those changes. It's like having your own personal coach! I highly recommend his tapes for everyone."

Linda Zimmerman, Houston, TX.

"On the way to my HLTA match I listened to Tom's tape, "Some Before Match Pointers." Call it a coincidence, but I won my first HLTA match ever! I just seemed to be in a better frame of mind. Thanks, Tom."

Mary Ogden, Houston, TX.

"Tom and I have been friends for over twenty years. It's not surprising to me players talk so positively about his tapes. He's always possessed exceptional athletic ability along with an unusual analytical mind. Tom simply likes to think! At times he would drive me crazy, but he was the driving force behind my journey into tennis. I'm 6'1" and Tom is 5'6" but I could never beat the little imp! All joking aside, if Tom's thinking is on audio cassettes, you should listen! You'll never view tennis the same way again!"

Sam Lacava, Tennis Professional, Stewartsville, N.J.

Thank you all for the testimonials! I appreciate it!


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