killer instinct - how to develop?

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  1. luvforty

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    it's that 'I am gonna hurt you bad' attitude..... but it's not natural born quality for every player.

    how do you develop this? especially for the juniors (but not limited to)
     
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  2. LeeD

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    Win and feel good, or lose and feel bad?
    If you don't have it inside, little you can hear can make you embrace the idea.
    There are "natural borne killers" in the world, and there are sheep waiting to be harvested.
     
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  3. dennis10is

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    practice killing.

    Start small, increase in size.

    next, practice sadism. start small,...

    Inflict pain and suffering and then get them to commit the equivalent of suicide.

    Remember to recycle the carcass.
     
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  4. chunlimeyers

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    Hang out with my MOTHER for a couple hours!.. You will be soo angry you will have no problem competing at the HIGHEST LEVEL POSSIBLE! haha!.. man, thanks mom for continually pi**ing me off throughout life! HAHA!
     
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  5. Nellie

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    You get the killer instinct by drilling so that everything becomes automatic - especially short ball putaways. That way, during the match, you are not thinking about your strategy or technique. Whenever you read about pros, you hear that they only have one gear - to win.
     
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  6. 10isfreak

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    By attitude, if I understand, you mean an overall approach to game play and strategy, isn't it?

    As I stated times a many, the question of aggressiveness is not whether it can be useful or if it should be promoted as a tool in the pursuit of success... obviously, it can work. What is actually problematic is finding the exactly right measure. Given your question, I assume that you do present excessive aggressiveness on the court. But erring on either side is equally sinful, as the player's bible goes.

    So, how do you get from doing too less to doing enough, bearing in mind that it would be counterproductive to do too much?

    To be consequent to the context in your choices, you have to know yourself properly. It would enable yourself to understand on which side of the perfect measure you tend to err and how your reactions vary from time to time. Experience, if sufficiently diverse and properly revised, can bring you to be a better judge of your own thoughts. That's essentially how we choose what we study, what sort of job we would enjoy doing or what kind of person we aim to become... all of these choices and the engagement we take toward them mark our entry in the adult life and it is equally true for tennis: your identity as a player is also a construction and it is built through your game time and it is modified through the entire array of social relationships you take part in as you live.

    The reasons which may explain your excessive inhibition (if it truly is the case) are probably emotional. I would need more information and time to figure out where's the issue -- it can be big or small, but there's an issue which underline your tendencies. It's not simple and you won't cure it with magical solutions some guru will bring on the net... to cure a disease, you need to attack the causes, not the symptoms, but gurus only talk about symptoms.

    One sure way to partly compensate for this tendency would be to tune up your stroke to make sufficiently reliable and to practice enough to conceive yourself of its efficiency.

    One thing that you should keep in mind during matches is that you make choices based on specific factors and you try to make them so that they work most of the time. If it fails in a peculiar case, it's not a good reason to throw the whole play book by the window. Stay clam, evaluate the decision and its coherence with the context and, if it seemed logical, stick with it. Players often start to fool around with everything during a match and some of their mistakes revolve around this total lack of coherence in their plan... specifically because they have no plan.
     
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  7. slowfox

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    Walk thru some *dangerous* neighborhoods, notice how you change. I find that being in a safe environment all the time (while definitely a good thing) tends to soften us. Just think indoor vs outdoor cat - which has more killer instinct?
     
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  8. LuckyR

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    Well, first you have to get over your Fear of Losing. Which, of course is quite common.
     
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  9. bhupaes

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    Well, I certainly agree with this. But there are two aspects to strategy - an inwardly directed aspect and an externally shaped/directed aspect. Drilling creates the tools to execute a strategy, and also instills in the player a number of standard strategies (for example, many standard 1-2 punch plays). IMO, only drilling would make a player do the best with each ball, regardless of the opponent's attributes. This is not bad - it will take the player a long way along an essential path.

    There is also an external aspect to strategy which involves observing the opponent's weaknesses, and taking advantage of situational circumstances. IMO, people with well developed killer instinct are able to execute the external aspects of strategy better than others. I believe that only playing a lot of matches with a desire to win will develop this aspect...

    But one thing I want to state vehemently is that there should be no need to get nasty about it! I never really liked McEnroe or Nastase as people until they retired! :)
     
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  10. dlam

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    I like trash talk.
    Put players down
    There only one winner and one loser
    No ties. If you are a nice guy then you are going come in last
    If you enjoy the pain of losing that is just part of your genetic makeup
    However if winning to you means
    Winning is joyful , pleasing and satisfying.
    What would you rather feel at the end of your match?
    Psych yourself up for the match.
    Be hungry.
    Play the entire match.
    Do not be satisfied with just a few good points here and there
    Keep the energy and intensity both in a physically and mentally way
    I guarantee you will win your fair share of matches
    It's all attitude
     
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  11. dlam

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    There has to be a distinguish in my mind between "social " tennis where you might hit and practice and enjoy the company together.
    And "competive " tennis that is arrange at the league or tournament level where the entire object is to win or not lose
    We are not buddies here. I don't care to use it as a way to develop a relationship with someone to play with on a casual basis
    You must have the attack and defend mentality once you are on the court
    How you choose to be like after the match is over is up to you
     
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  12. dlam

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    Lol
    I wouldn't go that far
    It's a character defect to torture your opponents and let them come back from 5-0 and win 7-5
    It's less painful and less suffering for your opponents to finish them off as quickly as possible 6-0
     
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  13. Relinquis

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    during a match just focus on your game and playing well. execution.

    if you spend too much time thinking about what the other guy is feeling, wanting to hurt them, teach them a lesson, etc... you will lose mentally. i have a hitting partner that tries to fluster me with bad calls and various comments. i don't cause a fuss, it's just a sign that my game is working and he'll implode soon.

    you see this in WTA coaching all the time. a player gets her serve broken, her coach* comes down and tells her to fight more and go for her shots, to kill, etc... she ends up crumbling even more due to pressure or ends up sending balls to the back-fence, either way she loses even more...

    relaxed is smooth and smooth is fast. you don't want the tension of trying to kill or whatever nonsense pop-sports-culture you're trying to borrow from NFL or boxing... you just end up looking silly, like murray trying to star down gasquet and then lendl pointing at his eyes to signal to "use his 'aggressive' eyes". you can't fake it. it backfires.


    * often her father or father figure
     
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  14. spinorama

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    Dude you sound like a dick. You talk trash and put the opponent down during a match? I'll ask you to meet me outside the court if you pull that **** with me.
     
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  15. dlam

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    Yo
    You are the dick
    If you like playing casual friendly game then stay away from competitive tennis
    I m a nice guy off the court
    Not asking a respond from you ******** so don't **** with me
     
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  16. tennis_balla

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    Get a room boys
     
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  17. spinorama

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    Lol, okay now I realize you must be a kid so I'll stop. But seriously don't be a jerk to the opponent that's rude and could end badly for you if you **** of the wrong person.
     
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  18. tennis_balla

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    Kiss and make up you two love birds
     
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