Music while playing Tennis

Discussion in 'Odds & Ends' started by ShahofTennis, May 26, 2013.

  1. ShahofTennis

    ShahofTennis Semi-Pro

    Joined:
    May 3, 2013
    Messages:
    554
    I was working on serves, and playing some tie-breakers with my teammates the other day and brought out a speaker with an AUX port. I hooked it up to my iPhone and played songs off of Spotify. I and all my teammates can agree that the music somehow made us more comfortable and put us into a sort of rhythm. It was easily the best tennis we played during a practice session, and also the most fun we have had during practice.
    How about you guys, does Music help you play better tennis?
     
    #1
  2. magnut

    magnut Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Apr 7, 2011
    Messages:
    2,737
    Yup. I even play matches with my sansa on all the time. For practice its a given. When you spend countless hours on a tennis court it gets a little redundant. Music helps keep things moving.

    Ivan Lendl had speakers in the trees on his practice court when he was still on the tour.
     
    #2
  3. Seth

    Seth Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Nov 13, 2009
    Messages:
    2,340
    Location:
    Sarasota, FL
    I used to carry a stereo to the side of the court and tune it to a classic rock station.

    Feels good man.
     
    #3
  4. Say Chi Sin Lo

    Say Chi Sin Lo Legend

    Joined:
    Aug 30, 2005
    Messages:
    9,190
    I tend to have music play on my phone if I'm just working on my timing, consistency, aka mindless baseline bashing session.

    Though I will note that one time, this pretentious self-proclaimed "guru" refused to continue to hit with me because I was listening to my music on my earbuds. Apparently, if you listen to music, it automatically meant you aren't focusing.

    So I went for a winner after ~10th ball of the rally. (made most, and I did miss some, otherwise I wouldn't be practicing)

    It was probably a bit immature, but I never question someone else's practice habits as long as it directly disrupts my own. So I wanted to rub it in that me listening to music doesn't mean I'm not focused.

    It's strange though, the thought of having music on during an actual match never crossed my mind.
     
    #4
  5. magnut

    magnut Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Apr 7, 2011
    Messages:
    2,737
    Returning serve takes a little getting used to. Other than that its pretty easy.
     
    #5
  6. Say Chi Sin Lo

    Say Chi Sin Lo Legend

    Joined:
    Aug 30, 2005
    Messages:
    9,190
    I'm inclined to assume that you think the inability to hear the sound of the serve and the bounce of the ball may affect my anticipation/reaction. I assure you that my volume is low enough to allow me an although muffled, but still audible "PONG!" and the subsequent bounce. So I don't think it's that.

    I don't know, match plays, no music. Baseline bashing, yes please otherwise I'm not bashing. :)
     
    #6
  7. blitzmage_89

    blitzmage_89 Rookie

    Joined:
    Jul 29, 2007
    Messages:
    266
    I usually play Tchaikovsky and Pachelbel. Allows e not to get carried away with the intensity too much and keeps me playing smart tennis.
     
    #7

Share This Page