Hand-mind coordination: probably the reason you play worse in matches

#1
During practice, you hit great groundstrokes because your hands and feet are well coordinated with your relaxed mind but during matches your techniques break down because your hands/feet are not well coordinated with the pressured mind.
It's probably no different than trying to do the serve ball toss without the racquet (which you do well) and with the racquet (which you do less well)
Solution? Either stop giving a sh*t about winning so you can bring back the "practice" state of mind (not a fan) OR play more matches OR/AND visualize the pressure/match vibe while practicing so that your hands and feed get used to/associated with the pressure.
Hand-mind coordination is also part of your technique as well.
 
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#3
The key is to not care so much about winning and losing but to play every point with focus and make your opponent earn everything.
Hard not to care about winning or forget about the pressure, even pros can't do that. For me, unless you don't care much about the match, it's kinda unrealistic and paradoxical not to care about winning if deep down inside you really want to win
 
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#4
Hard not to care about winning or forget about the pressure, even pros can't do that. For me it's kinda unrealistic and paradoxical not to care about winning if deep down inside you really want to win
Yes that’s one of the challenges of tennis. But I’ve found that’s the way to win. The more I can ignore the score and focus on that point and what I need to do to win it the better the results. It only comes with practice but it never gets easy.
 
#5
Yes that’s one of the challenges of tennis. But I’ve found that’s the way to win. The more I can ignore the score and focus on that point and what I need to do to win it the better the results. It only comes with practice but it never gets easy.
I guess that's one way to do it, but that could break down when the pressure becomes too enormous, like playing match point in a tournament match. Why not as well get used to the pressure so you'd still play well even when you feel the pressure?
 
#6
I guess that's one way to do it, but that could break down when the pressure becomes too enormous, like playing match point in a tournament match. Why not as well get used to the pressure so you'd still play well even when you feel the pressure?
What’s your strategy?
 
#7
Not sure i agree with "not care about winning at all".
You gotta really want to win in order to not take an easy shot for granted, to take advantage of any opportunity you get, to make the right shot so you win the point.
 
#8
What’s your strategy?
Just accept the fact that you care about winning and it's ok to be nervous. One of the strategies is to visualize the pressure/imagine you're playing a match while practicing/doing drills so you can recreate the competitive environment in your mind. This is not a perfect substitute for real match play but close enough.
 
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#9
Just accept the fact that you care about winning and it's ok to be nervous. One of the strategies is to visualize the pressure/imagine you're playing a match while practicing/doing drills so you can recreate the competitive environment in your mind. This is not a perfect substitute for real match play but close enough.
That’s not exactly game changing but ok.

For me the method I have described is a way to deal with the fact that yes I care about the score and winning. But by focusing on what I need to do point after point I can play my best tennis and put myself in a position to win. My opponent might play better than me and win anyway but I don’t want to lose because I was tight and DFing or dumping forehands in the net.
 
#10
Not sure i agree with "not care about winning at all".
You gotta really want to win in order to not take an easy shot for granted, to take advantage of any opportunity you get, to make the right shot so you win the point.
Yes that’s right. But in tennis it’s easier to hit when you’re relaxed. The challenge is staying relaxed when the pressure is on. I do it by staying focused on my form and my strategy. It doesn’t always work. I still have loose games and sometimes get tight. But I’ve improved a lot in the last 6 months or so doing that. Before I used to need a half a set just to get loose and then I would inevitably get tight at the big points. Now I can play close to my best tennis right away and when I lose it’s more because the other guy beat me.
 
#11
Yes that’s right. But in tennis it’s easier to hit when you’re relaxed. The challenge is staying relaxed when the pressure is on. I do it by staying focused on my form and my strategy. It doesn’t always work. I still have loose games and sometimes get tight. But I’ve improved a lot in the last 6 months or so doing that. Before I used to need a half a set just to get loose and then I would inevitably get tight at the big points. Now I can play close to my best tennis right away and when I lose it’s more because the other guy beat me.
I have seen people playing very tight (not relaxed i guess) but the choice of shots they make tells me that they obviously don't care about the outcome of the point. I have also seen people playing very relaxed but they make you work very hard to win a point, not giving anything away for free.
So I don't think these 2 things, being relaxed and care to win, are necessarily exclusive, maybe at my level.
 
#12
I have seen people playing very tight (not relaxed i guess) but the choice of shots they make tells me that they obviously don't care about the outcome of the point. I have also seen people playing very relaxed but they make you work very hard to win a point, not giving anything away for free.
So I don't think these 2 things, being relaxed and care to win, are necessarily exclusive, maybe at my level.
That's right. Being tight can mean dumping it in the net cuz you didn't swing or overhitting because you lack the confidence to play the point through.
 
#13
That's right. Being tight can mean dumping it in the net cuz you didn't swing or overhitting because you lack the confidence to play the point through.
My hypothesis is : At rec level, you become tight not because you want to win so much, but because your opponent figure out a shot that you don't like and they keep testing you on that. A year or 2 ago, i played much tighter than i am playing now. There are a lot things my opponent can do to bother me. My serve was very weak (still weak now), i didn't like to get down low to get a slice, i didn't like high balls to my backhand, i couldn't put away volleys or overhead. So i got tight whenever i faced those shots. Now, many those weakness have been improved, i am not as tight as before in those situations anymore.
Of course, a higher level player will figure out something to whoop my *ass. Then, its time to improve something else.
 
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