View Full Version : does music affect your tennis.
02-24-2004, 10:27 AM
Let me have a first go at it. Before tennis, like all avid tennis dudes, I listen to a lot of metallica, pearl jam, guns n' roses. Other rock bands that get me excited. I find that I play a lot better after I get pumped up listening to some good stuff. If I listen to classical stuff which I also happen to appreciate immensely, I just don't play as well; it's as though my mind is in the sky while I am hitting the ball.
02-24-2004, 11:21 AM
It depends for me. Depending on my mood, I'll choose which MD to play. When I want to get pumped up, I'll listen to Daft Punk, Propellerheads or the Fun Lovin' Criminals (old stuff from them). Sometimes I'll want to get calm before a match, which will result in John Mayer, Coldplay, India.Arie, AIR, etc. When I'm not in a special kind of mood, Beatles, REM, Arthur Umbgrove (great! Dutch artist) or other pop will do.
Edit: I just about ALWAYS have a song in my head. Having a bad one influences my playing.
02-24-2004, 12:32 PM
rage against the machine.......100%......thats all that'll do it
02-24-2004, 01:16 PM
I like to listen to music WHILE I'm playing tennis. Had some trouble with bulky CD players, but my iPod works great. I played a few matches while plugged in but some people are distracted by it so I've mostly stopped during matches. I can't say it makes me play better, but upbeat rock works best. Keep the volume low enough so you can hear the ball. I would suggest plugging in when playing someone who is annoying, cheating, a loud grunter, or yelling. Or you can plug in during changeovers and replay the song in your mind while playing. Plugging in is great for practice sessions or hitting against a wall. You can keep doing the same drills over and over without getting bored.
Sometimes the voices in my head-which I hear all the time, including on court-hum certain familiar tunes. So, does that count as "music"?
02-25-2004, 07:43 PM
Fat of the Land by Prodigy works everytime for me
02-26-2004, 11:22 AM
I lost my MD player!!! No music for me! :(
02-26-2004, 12:03 PM
I must be getting older or something. I used to listen to Mettalica, Rage Against the Machine, Prodigy, etc. before my matches and that used to get me all hyped up to crush the ball. Now I just tune out everything before I go into a match. Tuning stuff out helps me perform at a much more even temperment.
Just curious, David, has your iPod ever fallen out of your pocket while you played?
02-27-2004, 07:54 PM
My iPod once fell out when I had balls in the same pocket and I pulled a ball out and the iPod fell out. It dropped on the cement but didn't miss a beat.
02-27-2004, 08:07 PM
Music gets me pumped up FOR the match, but when I step on the court, everything gets tuned out, outside noise, a song in my head, whatever. In college we used to listen to music during practice sometimes, and that was cool.
When I'm in a good winning mood, I'm thinking throughout the entire match:
Mamma said knock you OUT....
I'M gonna knock you OUT....
I don't even like rap/hip-hop that much, but it seems kinda fitting.
03-06-2004, 08:17 AM
I usually play "Enter Sandman" before hitting the courts. What comes to mind is:
"Say your prayers little one don't forget my son to include everyone..."
Pure raw energy, my style is aggressive and I get pumped up for the match.
After the match, I usually listen to "Sailing" by Christopher Cross, works for me.
03-06-2004, 08:33 AM
Man, If you want to get pumped up before a tennis match I am telling you the secret! Listen to "TOOL", best band alive! There is no other band even in the same league as TOOL. Listen to them and you will play your ***** off. You heard it hear.
03-06-2004, 11:10 AM
No way safinsback, the answer is "Can you feel the love tonight" by Elton John. Don't listen to this song before you play until you're ready to crush your opponent.
03-08-2004, 11:10 AM
Well, it looks like I am going to have to spend a fortune on CD's so I can see what everyone is talking about. I guess I will have to stop listening to those oldes but goodies stations.
03-11-2004, 09:21 PM
Yes Tim, try Fat of the Land by Prodigy. LOL.
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