It would make your posts more readable if you used paragraphs. It's going to take some time to reprogram yourself out of your past habits. Go easy on yourself: unlearning bad habits is not quick and painless. Playing without thinking is awesome...if you are good enough and have all of the shots and strategies ingrained. You are not there yet so you will have to think while playing: - What's the high % shot to play? - Get the ball in and make him play one more shot. - Read up on Wardlaw's Directionals Did you watch the interview with Bob Litwin I posted? Watch it. Several times. Let it sink in and then watch it again. Definitely. It's awfully difficult to hit a good shot if you are out of position. Go on YouTube and search for "tennis mental toughness"; I especially like the ones by Patrick Cohn. You need to be able to block out things like spectating coaches. Weight training is great; just make sure you don't injure yourself overdoing it. However, based on your description, lack of strength is not why you are where you are currently. It seems predominantly mental. Check out some of those resources I mentioned. Also *The Inner Game of Tennis* by Gallwey, *Mental Tennis* by Vic Braden, and *Winning Ugly* by Brad Gilbert might also be good reads. Have patience. I realize that you want to turn things around immediately but just accept that you didn't make V this year [I assume you will play JV, which means you still can challenge the V team, right?] and now you have a year to improve. Embrace the challenge.