Originally Posted by SystemicAnomaly
I can relate. Teaching tennis has undermined my own "Quiet Eye" habit. I have to continually reinforce the habit of keeping the head still, eyes on the contact point during my forward swing. I'll usually make a point of practicing it during mini-tennis or warmup.
I will continue to do more reinforcement with some shadow swings while waiting for the next point to start. I'm usually good for most of 2 sets. Usually toward the end of the 2nd set or the beginning of the 3rd, as I start to fatigue mentally, the old teaching habit creeps into play and I am looking up too early again. It takes me a while to realize what is happening -- but I get the ship to right itself within the next half set.
Yes, I've found the same pattern, starting off OK, then the head moving starts, then it goes away. Sometimes it is only there for a couple of minutes and once in a while it doesn't go away at all - half a set is pretty common. The more I've been actually playing, the less it occurs.
The shadow swings are a good idea, thanks.