Different ways to vent your rage

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  1. gahaha

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    I think we can all agree that at one time or another tennis makes us rage, share how you vent your rage here.

    For me I only rage once in a while playing in 15mph+ wind or random and inconsistent wind gusts that messes up my strokes. Usually I bring three cans of balls and in wind they roll around, so I vent my rage by kicking them or swatting at them with my racquet whenever they roll onto the playing field. Or if a ball is barely dead, (sometimes not at all) I just take it and send it to kingdom come lol.

    Raging is bad, but building rage up is worse. What are your rage methods? :O
     
  2. Xizel

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    Personally, gusts aren't as annoying as pushers that slice every backhand. I either start slicing drop shots back or try to break my strings on a forehand.
     
  3. ssonosk

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    yeah wild wind gets me pretty annoyed to, but i usually never get mad enough for it to show; however, if i do get mad i just sorta yell at my self under my breath and hit harder.
     
  4. Fuji

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    If I'm playing with someone who has an annoying game, I just make them run for hours. I don't mind playing a bit longer to make them run side to side with vicious top spin and slice! :)

    -Fuji
     
  5. USERNAME

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    Send a ball into the back fence between points or simply yell. I try to control myself more now, when I was playing jr tournys I was a racquet abuser to the MAX! Not like Safin or Gonzo status but still pretty bad.
     
  6. FedExpress 333

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    I have never, in rage, stabbed my opponent. Never, ever, never,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,


    Ok, maybe once or twice....................
     
  7. eidolonshinobi

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    In doubles I hit my partner ;)

    In singles I aim to make them run...and run...and run..
     
  8. dozu

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    rage? what is that?

    I can understand where rage (frustration) comes from - poor form that leads to inconsistent results day in day out.

    but once you have achieved technical perfection like I have, there is no source for rage.....only 3 possibilities -

    1) I crush him... this is easy one, no rage

    2) very close game..... then I'd be so busy analyzing whats working whats not, what's he feeling, how to break him down, how to psych him out etc.... no time for rage.

    3) he, as a superior player, crushes me, fair and square, no reason for rage.
     
  9. arche3

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    THIS!!!!!!!! Win!:)
     
  10. Tennis_Monk

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    Rage has no meaning in my dictionary.

    Shouting at opponents, Hitting them physically , kicking the balls/racquets/etc,scaring the hell out of players on other courts, imitating other players antics and irritating them,... No sir no. I dont even know what it feels like.


    But then again, it is hard to do such things if all i have is a Wii console ;)

    Throwing the console at TV..that isnt rage . or is it?
     
  11. gahaha

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    Lolol, your post makes me laugh.

    You should give Federer a lesson, because his form might not be as good as yours.
     
  12. fuzz nation

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    I practice my acceptance speech for my future Oscar performance.

    Once I figured out that my drama queen behavior was a mental check-out with no bearing on playing decent tennis, it became rather easy to recognize the rage gremlin trying to sneak into my head. With that recognition, it's generally pretty easy to just laugh stuff off the misfortunes and stay motivated.

    Sure, I've chucked a racquet a couple times in the past, but the most mortifying thing for me when that's happened is the instant realization that I just acted like a complete tool and chucked my racquet. Spoiled little turds don't deserve the privilege of playing this great game if they ruin the experience for others - I strive to NOT emulate them.

    ...have a nice day...
     
  13. HunterST

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    hahahahaha
     
  14. dozu

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    whats so funny Hunter
     
  15. HunterST

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    Technical perfection. :) I realize you were kind of joking around.
     
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    i smack my calf with the racket. it looks like i was whipped. my coach saw my leg and was like didnt that hurt. i said nope, i flexed ;)
     
  17. Ajtat411

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    I will get irritated by wind and when I'm not performing the way I should be, but I have figured out that it doesn't do anything for my game when I let it get to me. I will whine about the wind, tell my feet to MOVE, tell myself it was a stupid shot, or say WTF?

    This doesn't help my game at all. I just don't let it get to me anymore. If there is wind, I figure out how to adjust my service toss, which side that I can hit harder from, and if there is a crosswind and try to use it in my favor.

    If I have lazy footwork on a certain day, I'm pretty much dead in the water because it was my fault that I didn't get enough rest the day before. If I hit a stupid shot, on the next one I hit a few more CC shots before going for that winner. If nothing works on a particular day, I just tell myself that I'm lucky to be able to enjoy tennis as a recreational sport and shake the other person's hand. :)
     
  18. gahaha

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    @Ajtat411, Ooh, we play with the same racquet and same tension, different strings though :p
     
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    I don't get frustrated. But if I were to, I might have a quick wank in the corner of the court.
     
  20. FedExpress 333

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    Thats.......................... ughhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
     
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    I like to take a razor and cut Morrisey lyrics into my thighs.
     
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    YES I'M NOT THE ONLY ONE!!!! LOL my coach was like do you have cats at home?
     
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    I pull my underwear out of the crack of my a**.
     
  24. goober

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    4. He feels sorry for the dude across for him in the knee brace and ankle brace and gives you a couple charity games. You rage at the thought of charity for your technically superior game.
     
  25. dozu

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    took me 30 seconds to understand this (brain is slow lately).. not bad.

    knee is doing better.... still playing with ASO ankle brace... thx :)
     
  26. ProgressoR

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    I dont have a problem at all with rage. I just punch the annoying opponent at changeovers or a particularly close net-to-net points.

    If its a minor annoyance, I might just slap him first.

    It's not a problem.
     
  27. hoot56

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    "serenity now"

    doubles partner used to throw his racquet. the head was warped slightly from hitting the asphalt. he uses a new racquet now, hasn't thrown it yet, but i can see the urge building up. we told him to bring his old racquet back to the court so we all could take turns throwing it around!!
     
  28. gahaha

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    Mail me the racquet so I can throw it around lol, mine are too expensive :(. I would love to smash an expensive (not mine) racquet to oblivion lol!
     
  29. TheBoom

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    I go chuck norris on them if i'm not feeling chuck norris that day i go mcenroe
     
  30. Mauvaise

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    I don't ever feel rage on the court, but definitely get frustrated often (with myself).

    Depending on the situation and level of frustration, I'll do a little out-loud coaching (critiquing) of what I just did wrong: "Some semblance of form would be nice." "The strings are there for a reason, trying hitting with them." "Hit through the ball - don't poke at it!" "Move your damn feet." And so on.

    If that isn't working and I'm still playing like crap, then I'll start swearing. Not loudly enough to disturb my opponent(s), but definitely out loud. Ok, occasionally loud enough that I can be heard on the other side of the court. My friend says it's lucky I'm not on the tour because I'd go broke in code violations.

    I also like to joke that I'd like to buy a very cheap used racquet to have on hand to beat on the ground if I'm really upset.
     
  31. Djokovicfan4life

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    In the end, you just have to let go of these thoughts, that only interfere with the job at hand. For some, a brief outward display of frustration may help them let go, but for most, such methods of "venting" just lead to further mental breakdown. The mind feeds on thoughts, and this behavior will most likely trigger more negative thoughts, which distract you from what needs to be done. Hence the reason so many players play great in practice, then forget how to play tennis once the stakes are raised.
     
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  32. TenFanLA

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    People who get enraged playing tennis, golf, etc. are people who think they are better than they actually are. They think the minimum level they should play at is at their peak level and when they don't, they get angry/frustrated. Fortunately I know I'm not that good so I don't get angry. Besides if I win/lose/tie what difference does it make in my life in the big picture? I LOVE tennis but still gotta keep things in perspective.
     
  33. gahaha

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    Having played tennis for quite a while I can tell you this is not true. As you get better you'll be familiar with your strokes and know what to do to get the ball over 99% of the time. I get frustrated when I do everything right, and the wind change the ball's intended velocity and it messes me up.

    If I get frustrated every time I don't play at my peak then about the only time I won't be frustrated is 2-3 days after I string my racquet (Again for someone new to tennis your strings loses tension over time and as you play). Coaches have told me to find something to do to get rid of the rage, like fixing strings, taking a long walk between point like what Sharapova does, little things, because if you let it build up it'll drastically degrade your game unless you are John McEnroe.

    Every tennis player get frustrated from time to time.
     
  34. caugas

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    I don't like it when I play slice ballers either! it's real frustrating...
     
  35. gahaha

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    Oh, another way would be to shout unintelligible words out loud lol.
     
  36. Counter

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    Yes, use a foreign language that nobody understands! Some Ukranian or Zimbabwean curse words, or something.
     
  37. Djokovicfan4life

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    Suka!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
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    the other day, i dropped my racquet(lightly) out of frustration, then kicked it 10 feet in the air! it was pretty cool but didnt really help. darn it.
     
  39. Clay lover

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    That's probably why Safin was ALWAYS angry
     
  40. gahaha

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    Well..today I kind of got frustrated did a back hand really hard, like 500000% harder and my racquet flew out of my hand and landed 2 courts down, thank god it was flying like a frisbee, so no damage done, albeit a little scratched :cry:
     
  41. jimmyswoosh

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    I hate playing with ball slicer/dropper. I also hate playing with people who when rallying and you feed the ball, 1) they kill the ball back at either corner or 2) drop shot it after a feed. I mean come on wtf. I usually start to grunt like I'm going to kill them after each of my hit like it's over 9000!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  42. Clay lover

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    Yeah I hate people who do that, I mean if you hit a sitter and that was after like a few shots its okay, but some people just do it on EVERY shot and even starts going to the net for the kill, which annoys me to say the least.
     

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