Have you ever used your emotions to beat someone better than you? Or lost to someone

Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by kiteboard, Aug 30, 2010.

  1. kiteboard

    kiteboard Legend

    Jun 18, 2009
    worse than you? I've done both. It's our emotions that drive our match energy. For better or for worse. All psychs aim to jam your emotions, and make you play worse. Lot of it is under current/sub conscious.
  2. Blake0

    Blake0 Hall of Fame

    Feb 17, 2009
    Usually when you have little match exp, you'll let your emotions beat you. As you play you'll understand and know how to use the emotions with you instead of against. This is just the overall trend, for me atleast.

    There are some of those matches where you're emotions get total control and you lose blasting every shot onto the fence..:)
  3. GetBetterer

    GetBetterer Hall of Fame

    Apr 19, 2010
    Mesa, AZ
    I take the Timothy Gallwey method and just let my Self 2 control my shots and my consciousness determining where I want them to go.

    My rule of thumb also is, if you have time to think, you may have a short ball on your hands that you can take advantage of.
  4. StanW

    StanW Rookie

    Jul 28, 2010
    I once played against a friend of mind who literally one of the worst you possibly ever saw. Terrible forehand form, no backhand at all, and to top it off a very weak server.

    Apparently after a match he became furious that he lost a love set, then started pounding the living out of me. Monster flat servesr & forehand winners that we're probably deadly enough to kill someone. At the end I lost that set and the next one. I was glad enough I didn't get hurt during that match. Surprisingly enough he didn't get any better after that match than when we started.

    Emotions can seriously amp up a person.
  5. Jamesm182

    Jamesm182 Semi-Pro

    Jan 4, 2010
    I once had several matches against someone i consider not to be as good as me, In one of them when losing, something flipped mentally.

    After this i was agressive, but controlled, dominated points, and ended up winning quite easily.

    Keeping yourself focussed determined, and taking each point at a time, is all you can do.

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