Coaching on your racquet.

Chyeaah

Professional
Has anyone tried writing what you really need to work on/ what you forget up the top of the grip on your racquet so when your returning serve/ serving you remember what to do. Just maybe like a few words or something, it really helps.
 

jayoub95

Semi-Pro
That sounds pretty silly lol. Who can't remember what to do in a match unless your a beginner.... it should be all in ur head ready to be put into action IMO
 

Chyeaah

Professional
Well, I find that it works, by the end of the match your technique will be worse than at the start since your under pressure and stress. Find it refreshing, since it's like when I read it I suddenly become calmer. Like in stressful times when i'm defending hard and just trying to get the ball back, my technique just drops and my straight arm forehand turns into a bent arm forehand (which is terrible as i don't get as much power and spin.
 

CoachDad

Rookie
Yup, seen various methods used over the years. One guy we used to play with would write stuff on his palms and look at them between points....a cheat sheet that reminded me of grade school. After a while in the Florida humidity his words would be all blurry. He said he wrote on his palms so no one else would be able to read it!
 

NoQuarter

Rookie
This reminds me of a joke that my teammates played on me during one season. I've always been known for talking trash (jokingly)...and one year I got on the saying that I was going to open up a can of Whoop *** on my opponents. Well...during a match that year on a changeover I reached into my bag to get a towel and I felt a can. I pulled it out and my teammates had taken a can of soup and replaced the label with their own label. It just said Whoop *** on it! I laughed so hard....but it did relax me....and I did win!
 

woodrow1029

Hall of Fame
That sounds pretty silly lol. Who can't remember what to do in a match unless your a beginner.... it should be all in ur head ready to be put into action IMO
That's pretty harsh considering there are pro players who bring notepads on court with their gameplan/strategy, scouting report on their opponent.
 

sureshs

Bionic Poster
During a changeover, I quickly post on this section from my laptop and read the suggestions at the next changeover
 

Limpinhitter

G.O.A.T.
I am going to write "Don't miss idiot!" on my racket.
Hahaha! Have you heard of the power of positive thinking my boy? It's well known among sports psychologists that what you dwell on, you get. If you dwell on what you don't want ie: "don't miss," you'll get what you don't want. Rather, dwell on what you do want ie: "hit it in the corner." You'll hit it in the corner.

Check out a guy named Denis Waitley's book The Psychology of Winning.
 
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arche3

Banned
Hahaha! Have you heard of the power of positive thinking my boy! It's well known among sports psychologists that what you dwell on, you get. If you dwell on what you don't want ie: "don't miss," you'll get what you don't want. Rather, dwell on what you do want ie: "hit it in the corner." You'll hit it in the corner.
So I should write, "miss?". I'll just stick to mindless playing. Lol.
 

Limpinhitter

G.O.A.T.
So I should write, "miss?". I'll just stick to mindless playing. Lol.
Hahaha! Yes, if that's what you want. The point is that when you say "don't miss" your subconscious mind focuses on the primary message "miss." Qualifications like "do" or "don't" do not matter.

I also edited my prior post.
 
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OldFedIsOld

Professional
I write "Grip it and rip it a new one" on my racquet handle, always helps me when I feel like I'm being pushed around.
 
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i used to have a card in my bag that said three things:

1. happy feet
2. watch the seams
3 it's just a f#(&ing game

I still kind of hear it in my head.

When I serve, I have taken to telling myself to 'just toss it up and smack it'.. (works, thanks MoP)

I don't think I would ever write on the racquet though
 

kimbahpnam

Hall of Fame
it's been done by pros, but on top of their hands.

why on top of the grip? the ink would just smear with a little sweat and even without.
 

DeShaun

Banned
This is a great post, wisdom and a wonderful idea.
What would be good slogans for a racket to carry on stickers inside its throat beams?
 

DeShaun

Banned
Hahaha! Have you heard of the power of positive thinking my boy? It's well known among sports psychologists that what you dwell on, you get. If you dwell on what you don't want ie: "don't miss," you'll get what you don't want. Rather, dwell on what you do want ie: "hit it in the corner." You'll hit it in the corner.

Check out a guy named Denis Waitley's book The Psychology of Winning.
This is great advice because it is helpful common truth.
I have heard that no valid conclusion may follow the syllogism one of whose premises is stated in the negative, both premises must be stated in the affirmative for any conclusion to be valid based on them.
It's like reality follows only affirmative premises.
 
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