Put your game face and project positive energy

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  1. Gut4Tennis

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    Put your game face on and project positive energy

    If you're a negative Nelly this is for you.

    It does zero good to act like a negative cry baby. zero

    Put your game face on. You must show your opponent(s) and partner if dubs or mixed that nothing will get you down and you will overcome anything they dish out.

    If you act like a cry baby whiny ***** it only helps your opponent and hurts you. Does this make sense? If not then you need professional help. Fake it if you need too, but by all means stick together with positive body language.

    Stay positive no matter what. Work with your partner no matter what the score, and keep things positive between yourselves no matter what.

    If you're a negative Nelly, just stop it already, get over yourself and that ugly BS.
     
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  2. Gut4Tennis

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    There are 2 types of intensity in sports. Intensity that comes out with negative body language, energy, words and thoughts , and there is intensity that comes out in positive energy, body language, words and thoughts. The choice is uniquely yours, so choose wisely in life.
     
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    But if I don't vocalize myself, how will the people watching know I am better than this pusher who is up on me 6-2, 4-0
     
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    Negative energy is what some people need to fire themselves up.
     
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    I find it somewhat strange when I see doubles partners, after losing a point, fist bumping and celebrating as if they had won the point. I mean come on. You tell the opponent nice shot, have some humility and appreciation. But some take the positive thinking to such an extent like they scored the point and maybe even do a chest bump, totally inappropriate and ridiculous.
     
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    Good points. You sound like a good partner. Nothing good comes from negative energy between partners. Keep it positive and play with confidence.
     
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  7. Gut4Tennis

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    Its a farce

    It might work a little but in the long run it does more harm then good.

    Look how intense nadal is, but its projected as positive to pump himself up.

    Anyone can learn from how the pros do it and copy that attitude.

    Being negative to pump yourself up is a cop out
     
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    you should keep all points win or lose as the same reaction. no celebrations either way until you win
     
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    sorry but if i am beating a guy to a pulp he can be positive or whiney it ain't gonna matter. same with me losing, i couldn't care less what my opponents mood is, and me getting mad is better bc else i get complacent when I feel I am doing good.

    now in dubs I will go along with staying positive bc it can affect your partner. But staying insane Nadal positive intense would drive most people nuts to have as a partner.

    also this is funny considering the avatar of the ying and yang avatar.....so do you go all depressive eeyore off the court to keep the balance in your soul?
     
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    you guys crack me up. no reason to over think this.

    stay positive and you will be more mentally strong and you can overcome bad play quicker
     
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    Say I am missing my BH, which is usually a reliable shot. Staying positive is "You have a good BH. Stick with it. You can do it."

    Being negative is "Your BH is a hot mess today, so start hitting to her FH so she will hit a FH back to you."

    I think being positive for the sake of it can lead to people continuing to do something that is failing that day. Being negative when something isn't working is often more realistic, and being realistic is the quickest path to finding an alternative.
     
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    I think he's talking about throwing your racquet and crusing after you miss a couple of BHs. Or rolling your eyes and sighing or whatever if your partner misses a couple.

    Personally, I wouldn't want to be thinking that "my BH sucks today." I would be thinking, why did I miss a shot I normally make. A good opponent is not going to let you avoid hitting a shot, particularly if you're missing with it. Maybe I'm taking my eye off the ball or my footwork is not good. Maybe I'm not a pro and don;t make 100% of shots I should. I will stay positive and think I own the next one.
     
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  14. user92626

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    There's no such thing as negative or positive energy. They're all energy. What seems negative to you is in fact positive for me. For instance when I make an UE, I "arghh" a little loud. My partner thinks I was being hard on myself and comments so. For me it actually feels very good to let out frustration on my own and next points start fresh. My mind also marks the mistake better to avoid it in future. I notice I don't do so well with me or a partner who's being stoic and quiet. They give me the impression that nothing next is going to be different. God forbids that we're losing. A certain result is inevitable. We're simply going through a predetermined process.
     
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  15. Gut4Tennis

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    Girl you're way way off

    Staying positive does not mean playing stupid and being stubborn and not trying game plan b. It means not calling yourself names, not hanging your head and shoulders. Staying positive means walking with confidence even after a double fault.
     
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    I think if people would try the process slightly different they would get better results. I have nothing wrong with getting mad or frustrated, or making a loud arghh. Its how you then channel the intensity and recover from it, IMMEDIATELY. Get mad and yell whatever you want, then say something positive like come on I can do this. That way you get the frustration out then channel the anger for positive.

    Get it?
     
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    One of Serena's recent opponents complained that Serena would look dejected with herself after losing a point, walking with her head down and sulking, and then come back and hit an ace. Davenport was known for her walkabouts after losing points. Both are multi Slam winners.

    I think self-pity can be a very positive tool. It lowers your expectations of yourself, and then anything good boosts you up, and anything bad cannot put you down further.

    I once read that the old British concept of melancholia is vanishing from everywhere. People are always trying to show their passion and excitement and spread positive vibes. Perhaps the time has come for people to be more negative and sad all the time which may foster more happiness in the long term.
     
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    ahhhh no

    Serena is the exception to the rule as she is the #1 best female in the world right now( possibly GOAT), so she has the natural ability to do this, but the average person can't afford to do that and expect to then come out of it with a positive result.
     
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  19. sureshs

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    No it can work for everybody.
     
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    Competitive tennis is about forcing your will on someone else. Gut4 gets this. Many of you do not. I had a coach who used to shout "predator or prey" at me.

    If you get all whiny and feeling sorry for yourself, a predator will sense it and be all over you.
     
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    thank you. I'm very intense but with confidence. I love strategy and trying new things to find a way to win.
     
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    exactly. everyone is happy and feeling good when winning, but when losing that's when the true character shines. Not many understand it, but everyone has the ability to do it as its the only thing we have full control of
     
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    The clearest, #1 emotion I feel when losing is frustration. It only varies in degree. I don't feel sorry or whiny which don't make sense for me anyway. Sometimes I get so frustrated that I become distracted by it and play worse, which obviously is bad/negative. But then just the right amount of frustration could pump me up and get me to move.

    Is that good or bad in you guys' opinion?

    (Obviously I don't know how to only feel motivated and not other things when losing.)
     
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    Screw it. It ain't getting better...

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    Serenity now, serenity now, SERENITY NOW!
     
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    Most people here are not competitive players. They are just club players. Keeping expectations low keeps the muscles loose and results in better play. It fosters an underdog mentality. That is why Brad Gilbert in his book advises that if you are 40-15 up, imagine that you are 15-40 down.
     
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    Post of the day.
     
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    must of been a slow day on the farm
     
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    Predator or prey? Rationalize it any way you want.
     
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    Guess so..
     
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    not only does acting like a whiny little brat keep your game down and boost up your opponent, but it makes you look like a total jerk

    if that's what you like, then by all means, have at it hoss
     
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    "If we want to overcome fear, we must mentally deny fear and concentrate on the opposite quality, courage. The positive always overcomes the negative."

    - Swami Vishnu-devananda
     
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    You have to always try to show fight and positivity. You have to always try and feel that way. Naturally sometimes you will feel the opposite - nerves and tension and even fear and sorry for yourself. But you have to extinguish those negative emotions as fast as possible and replace them with fight and grit. I read once a pro athlete imagined himself as a wild animal chasing and hunting and capturing it's prey, during these moments of pressure. You control your emotions. It's a skill to learn how to exchange negative emotions with the ones you need to compete at your highest level.
     
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