achieving and maintaining "god mode"

Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by not_federer, Oct 5, 2012.

  1. not_federer

    not_federer Rookie

    Jun 1, 2010
    I had a match this evening and was in my personal "god mode" for the first set and a half. You know what I'm talking about: aces left and right, backhand winners down the line, and I did whatever the hell I wanted with my forehand. I'm a decently respectable 4.0 and it was a real joy to be out there hitting balls like that. I couldn't possibly have done any better and I'm thrilled to death to have been able to do that well and come up with some shots I didn't know I was capable of.

    I lost the match.

    I won the first set 6-2 and was up a break in the second set, then had break points to go up a double break. I got cocky, didn't take either of them, and then went on to drop my serve. The second set evaporated and we proceeded into a 10 pt tiebreak to determine the match.

    I lost it 10-8

    The point of this post is to reflect on what I did right in the first set and wrong in the second set. I think every player has one of those days, whatever your level is, where you play at 150% capacity (if you'll pardon the expression). When you achieve this rare and coveted level it is very important to keep your head together and stay the course. Do not get cocky. Don't start thinking "I wonder how long I can keep this up." Just keep it together, keep doing exactly what you are doing, keep the pressure up, and stay confident.

    It really hurt to lose this match but in the end it was my own damn fault. (With respect to my opponent of course, who kept his head together and didn't "go away" mentally despite my onslaught. He stayed the course, kept doing what was working, and let me self destruct.) I'm going to rest a day or two and then hit the courts again knowing that I am capable of playing far better than my usual level, and try to make today's "god mode" the norm.
    Last edited: Oct 5, 2012
  2. filphil

    filphil Rookie

    Apr 16, 2012
    Northern NJ
  3. Bergboy123

    Bergboy123 Semi-Pro

    Jul 27, 2011
    This happened to me during practice the other day. I started warming up and I felt like I could hit my forehand anywhere on the court which has never really happened to me, and I was doing it with pace. Unfortunately it was just practice and it didn't count towards anything, other than at long last proof to myself that I can.

    Then I totally lost it by the end of practice and couldn't string together any good hits.. :\
  4. Djoker91

    Djoker91 Rookie

    Sep 25, 2011
    Ohhh boy. This happened to me recently. Same exact thing. I was on fire. Beating a guy pretty bad. He double faulted on match point. I called it good because I was playing great and wanted to keep it up. Lost in a tiebreak. Something I learned about tennis, it's so fragile. No matter how much you are up, it's never safe. It's almost like the game knows yur letting off the gas. So you get punished and lose. Always in a tiebreak it seems.
  5. Djoker91

    Djoker91 Rookie

    Sep 25, 2011
    Keep that mentality. In practice your loose and relax. Hitting fine. In game mode, just be relaxed and hit balls. Practice or down match point. " I'm gonna keep hitting this ball over the net til it doesn't come back". Keep that simplified view
  6. ruerooo

    ruerooo Legend

    Jul 15, 2008
    Right behind you
    I think that's really about staying in the moment - staying in your stroke, in your form - and not letting your mind wander to that "Look how well I'm doing!" place.
  7. MonkeyRacquet

    MonkeyRacquet New User

    Sep 29, 2012
    To me, it's all about confidence. Be confident, but don't get cocky. When I played with my friend recently, I achieved my personal god mode "volley form." My feet had never felt lighter while I forced him to run around with my volleys. Knowing him though, I always prepared to run back if he lobbed. I didn't really put much thought in my approach, just moving up when it felt "right." I think there are times when you shouldn't think too much and just let your body take over.
  8. LeeD

    LeeD Bionic Poster

    Dec 28, 2008
    East side of San Francisco Bay
    We all try, and we all can't control when we play well.
    What we CAN control, is how well we play when we play badly. Make the bad days better, that's all you can do.
  9. ClairHarmony

    ClairHarmony Rookie

    May 24, 2010
    When I'm depressed, I don't/can't try. INFP's are probably the most fear-driven, then in a fear situation the most Braveheartish...all that stored anger for being a peesy the rest of the time. ESTP's tend to start strong, but go weak, get discouraged at a later date. INFP's don't die, they just go meek when no confidence, see Grant Hill 2 pts. vs. Jordan at 39-40 going bezerk on him, going for the kill on a wounded *deer,* poor Grant Hill. That's what I mean. ISTP's got that killer instinct, they'll tend to jump on you with glee, if you're down, won't notice that so much, less "feelings" that way. Not necessarily a bad thing. BUT, note how Grant Hill still around, he ain't dead yet when he had all that loot, could have gone the way of McGrady (ISTP), oh well, didn't work out, got all this money, it ain't so bad. In the end, the typically more "value-driven" type shouldn't surprise you if they prove to be more "durable," when faced with a *long-term* "saga" of sorts to deal with. Like a willow tree, they don't die, they're rubber. Don't come any meeker when down, but being so emotion driven...they *can't* let go, and when you least expect it, will become, can become an empowered monster just like that. In an energy saving mode, they don't *ever* forget, basically from where they, like I say, a deceptive strength. When down, a 2 mph breeze, will push them over, but they just don't die like that...they're secret inner demons will have been charging.

    It's just the way it is. It's more based on type imo. Some types have a greater capacity to be IT or NOT, it's just the way it is. It's very balanced when you really think about it. And why would an INFP whose down in the dumps, purposely avoid any kind of competitiveness of any sort? Bcs. those who feel emotions most intensely, on the verge/brink of "death," like I say, it's an act of self-preservation. To put yourself "on the line" for something menaingless as competition, how can you possibly, when you're already gutted to the core? It's just not possible, to the type so "intuivie," so "6th senseish" they can "sense" emoticons in their Cheerio's, and not "feel" crazy.

    It's what it is, it makes perfect sense. So for an INFP, God mode is about not carrying other people's burdens/own's burdens to heavy on those shoulders. Then, poof, wala, like magic, to a much greater degree than most. *When* fully-engaged though mentally, they can rival ISTP's for being soooo unbelievably engrossed. But for "normal" situations, and day-in, day-out, situations, when an INFP's "down" caring about saving that once thriving bakery down the street from closing...well, in that case, in those instances when all isn't so great in the world, the ISTP will generally be able to walk all over the INFP with gless, *without* necessarily noticing just how down, just how not trying/caring, the INFP really is at that time. Just the way it is, such types tend to be not as "in tune" with that aspect of daily humanity. But again, it's NOT necessarily a bad thing. It's just the way it is. NF's just generally gonna be more "in tune" that way. I can't believe Simon Cowel, multi-megaionaire (ENTP) didn't see that coming. There was this 13 year old girl on X-Factor, with the "trademark tee-hee" and Simon got this really annoyed, oh brother, is this gonna suck...but she turned out to be a 13 year old precious phenom at this sort of thing. An *obvious* dead-ringer, ENFP...second I heard/picked-up on the tee-hee vibe, I knew the second she opened her mouth it was going to be "genius," all business, an instant "natural," again, for that sort of thing. It just is what it is.

    Ridiculously predictable, while still allowing room for human error (you angelic arsenic know iz awez too hard on Jeff Salzenstein, who looks like a 6'1" Teddy Gummy Bear to me for some reason, in a good way, not that I'd eat him if he were a gummy bear, but it would be pretty tempting, it really bothers me, but yeah, anyway, guy's a good dude, everybody makes mistakes when it comes to judging humans...I mean honestly, seriously, it really doesn't take much to swing things one way or the other at that level, if you do something you're whole life, everyone's got the potential to hurt you, it takes so little to change that).

    One big difference though is that ISTP's tend to take glee more in destroying you, INFP's far less so. But again, when fully engrossed, IF they dare allow their head's to get fully "engrossed" in the action...then, just as dangerous as any type, if not more. If "God" mode is equated to ocean swell, tsunami-like. You just can't let your opponents lock into "super power" mode, especially when it comes to the extreme far-end types. When they're in these kind of modes, they're essentially unstoppable w/out the help of a tranquilizer dart...and even then. When all else fails, send three or more lovely honeys up to Marat's room straight up before the go, man. That Johansson, he's no doubt a somewhat boyishly handsome youngish man, but no Marat Safin, with a twinkle in his eye, that ladie's man, you, ah, yeah! Hmm, not really sure what those ladies did to encourage him during that final. He seemed pretty pepless to me, they seemed pretty powerless to persuade him otherwise at that point, why would you want to strive to be known for that, as one of those three nameless chics in Marat's box? They're better than that, should think of themselves as better than that. It's pretty sad to me. I wouldn't want to go down in history, remembered mostly for that. It's just kinda sad, w. so many people snorting cork, and Karo Parisyan hooked on pain killers, it's just kinda sad. I don't want to be an INFP anymore, who thinks too much about you & me, when it really always shoulda been all about me. You can see how easy it would be to misinterpret Michael Jackson, as being a pedophile, when he really prolly did give 3/4 of a billion dollars away...idiot, says an uncurbed skeptical ST/NT probably. But what can you say, we are born the way we is. Better to start first by learning your type, and working within it. Because it's not going to change, it is what it is. You just have recognize your unique limitations, it's not as univeral as saying, what is "God mode" for me, what get me there is going to work for everyone. Bcs. for sure, there are distinctions in how we get there.

    For me, all this strategio-mumbo jumbo, I get the importance of it...but less so when it pertains to me. For me, it's more about thinking about dancing, as though I were dancing with the ball. That's how I think about it, k.i.s.*s.* Emphasis on the last part. That's how I need to think out there, to *consistently* find my "God mode." But for *1 day,*? however? Totally different mindset. All you have to do is make me so incredibly mad at you, give me an *actually* good reason to...but that's the thing. That's *hard* for an INFP to do in takes far more buttons to be pushed for me, but when I's over. That's just how it is, and people are surprised. Think they can get away with doing to me forever, when it's not true. Given a cause, no type will fight to their last dying death more, when feeling betrayed, when having taken the grunt, the worst of, for no good reason. But again, it's perfectly predictable. I'm surprised that the best most prestigious psycho shrinks couldn't possibly have known that, predicted that. When it was all right there, perfectly obvious, even explained, IF you're a pretty decent shouldn't be that hard to do. And you see, why INFP's can't block emotions out...when things isn't going so well in their life...and why "competition" can suddenly seem vast in its meaninglessness. Again, just the way it is.

    But that's not the healthy way to go about it, AND I know it. There shouldn't be an excuse, because we're almost always *aware.* That's enough to be better man, and why for an INFP trying to fuel themselves up on anger alone to destroy you would never ultimately, long-run though I knew it all along, and why I knew this would be the end of me. Because surely that is again the EASIER way to obtain "God" mode for some, on a consistent basis. But NOT the best. It's really not, that commendable. The difference between how Chang and McEnroe/Jordan (all ISTP's) obtained their "best" efforts on a consistent basis, there is a difference. And it doesn't have to be that way. Not particularly a fan of watching Chang's game, but I have the perspective to know now that the way he summoned his best, was using all the best qualities of his "type," but more coureageously. A much bigger man to me, how he was able to find that path, and walk away with most of his dignity. You know, there's no substitute for the entirety of human experience, it only takes a single flash, for people to give up their lives "stupidly," no questions asked, no looking back. It is what it is. Long-term, ask yourself why you want to achieve "God mode," and see if Ben Henderson don't bring it more often, his best effort. And if that's not the bottom-line. It should be easier for all, irrespective of type; just scarrier to really start, to realize. And that's all I'll say about that. Just seems stupid to me now looking back, can't/don't see any other way. No reason, no point. And as long as there are humans, this is going to remain that way. Ain't gonna change, no way to erradicate. It just is what it is.
  10. LuckyR

    LuckyR Legend

    Jun 2, 2006
    The Great NW
    Google: "regression to the mean".
  11. goran_ace

    goran_ace Hall of Fame

    Jun 24, 2009
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    Up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A, Start.
  12. Mongolmike

    Mongolmike Hall of Fame

    Jun 5, 2009
    ClairHarmony... I know about the Myers-Briggs.... but that is the first post I've ever read where someone tried to tie it into tennis... kind of. It was an interesting blog, but it might've been more helpful if you knew what "type" the OPer is....
  13. Larrysümmers

    Larrysümmers Hall of Fame

    Jun 29, 2009
    1313 Mockingbird Lane.
    deep breaths. notice how after every point when they show Djok. he takes a big breath to reset himself physically and mentally. its all about playing point by point, and playing in the moment.
    it also helps when you are able to visualize yourself moving and swinging. you can slip into a meditative state and play on auto pilot.

    its not an easy task though. you really have to be on, and in rythm
  14. Fuji

    Fuji Legend

    Aug 30, 2010

    I'm an ENFJ, does that tie into my tennis at all? All the psychology profiling really interests me, and I enjoy that you are tying it into tennis!

  15. Rozroz

    Rozroz G.O.A.T.

    Nov 12, 2011
    that some good stuff.
  16. maxpotapov

    maxpotapov Hall of Fame

    Feb 19, 2009
    This is probably the most productive approach.

    But still it is fun to try to figure out how to get into the zone and stay there.

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