Did you ever think you were better than you are?

Discussion in 'Odds & Ends' started by Steady Eddy, Jul 22, 2012.


Did you ever over-rate your tennis ability?

Poll closed Aug 1, 2012.
  1. Yes, I thought I was a solid player when a was still a hack.

  2. No. I've always been realistic about my skills.

  3. No. In fact, I was the other way. I thought I was still a beginner, when I was already advanced!

  1. Steady Eddy

    Steady Eddy Hall of Fame

    Jul 19, 2007
    Lots of threads complain about delusional people who think they're better than they are. That can happen in any sport, but I think it happens alot in tennis. Didn't YOU once think that you were better than you are?
  2. r2473

    r2473 G.O.A.T.

    Aug 14, 2006
    no, never.

    and it's not just confined to tennis
  3. kishnabe

    kishnabe G.O.A.T.

    Dec 16, 2008
    When I was a begginer....I used to think I was the best and could beat anyone.

    I got humbled from my losses. I guess my rightful arrogance in martial arts spilled over to tennis.
  4. pkshooter

    pkshooter Semi-Pro

    Apr 22, 2012
    In front of the TV
    i have no idea how good i am, cause i beat people who i think should destroy the person who just bagelled me... people tell me i have good strokes, and then comment on my consistency issues.
  5. Tmano

    Tmano Professional

    Dec 9, 2010
    Italy/ Madison WI
    No I'm very honest to myself always...... I can recognized I had potentials but I needed to develop them.
  6. Steady Eddy

    Steady Eddy Hall of Fame

    Jul 19, 2007
    When I started tennis in the 70s, Minnesota was a tennis desert. Maybe it still is? The only people I could compare myself to was the other players on the public courts. Once I was better than 99% of all public court players, I thought I was pretty good.

    Then I entered a few tournaments and got killed. I wondered, "What public parks do these guys come from?" I knew tennis took alot of practice, but I felt that I had worked hard just to push the ball around consistently. So I felt I'd earned it.

    I think many people who don't belong to a club are/were like me. They don't think they're good out of vanity. They just really don't have a clue.
  7. tennytive

    tennytive Professional

    Aug 28, 2009
    I thinkā€¦
    Therefore, (I think I'm really better than)
    I am.
  8. Torres

    Torres Banned

    Jan 1, 2011
    The only people who think they're better than they actually are, are people who haven't played in a wide variety of competitions.

    Unfortunately, there are a significant number of those posters on these boards. It's like that 60 year old guy who started a 'how to play tennis' thread, reckoned than he hit 90mph BHs and 100mph FHs, then proceeded to rip Federer's BH to pieces, saying how technical flawed it was. He then goes on to post a video of his own hacker/slasher BH. Cue multiple guffaws of laughter. Absolutely delusional.

    There's nothing that will give you a bigger reality check as to your actual level than a wide variety of regional tournaments.

    Was there a time that thought that I was a better player than I actually was? Sure, when I first started playing I did. You clean up in your local leagues and do well in your club tournaments, and you think you're God's gift. Then I played in played in a regional tournament and got completely smoked by a 16 year old kid. Then you play in some more tournaments, and depending on results you think that you're worse than you are. Then when you go deep into tournaments, you think you're bloody good again, until you eventually find your actual level.

    At the end of the day, there are always going to be many, many players better than you, and many players worse than you. All depends on what circles you choose to move in.
    Last edited: Jul 23, 2012
  9. spaceman_spiff

    spaceman_spiff Hall of Fame

    Aug 24, 2005
    The crappest town in Britain
  10. hollywood9826

    hollywood9826 Hall of Fame

    Feb 13, 2008
    Havre de Grace, MD
    You need a certain level of arrogance to win though. The second you think someone is better than you you lose.

    I know this guy who bols maybe 195-200 avg. He is by all accounts an slightly above average bowler. But when he enters these tournaments and makes match play he turns into an animal. He thinks he is better than the 230+ avg guys and always seems to hang close. He wins somematches and battles. The better bowlers respect his confidence and know he is a tough out. If he went there thinkin "these guys out average me by 30 pins I dont have chance hopefully i just bowl a bunch of 210 games, and dont look like a clown" Then he would lose.
  11. Alchemy-Z

    Alchemy-Z Hall of Fame

    Dec 14, 2010
    Augusta, GA
    Not sure why but if I come into a match feeling like the underdog I always find more fight and often win.

    I will often make easy mistakes playing someone I feel I should have an easy win over.

    underdog=mental focus and playing my bets

    Confident = I try stuff I wouldn't normally and sometimes drag points out for a long rally as a challenge vs going for the winner.

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