I hear very many people blame their failures in tennis on a poor mental game. But sometimes I feel that this goes a bit over the top. People think: "My physical game is absolutely topnotch! If I only had my head together I would be so darn good." But actually their main issues are physical. There are 2 kids at my club who embody this issue. They can both hit the ball very hard and hit spectacular shots, they both look incredibly good when doing drills or hitting fed balls, but they both do very poorly in matches and have losing tournament records. Whenever hitting an actual shot as opposed to a fed ball they overhit, lose control and make tons of errors. The conclusion of the coaches and other kids is: "It's a mental thing. They are not match tough, their shot selection sucks, they get tight in actual matches, etc." IMO it is a purely physical problem. These kids just hit too many fed balls. They can't handle the spin or pace of an actual rally shot. They can't play defence since all they do is hit soft fed balls in clinic. They don't load up and hit heavy. They aren't physical and athletic when pushed into a corner. All they can do is slap easy balls since that is all they ever learned. No amount of mental game is gonna help if all you can do is hit a slap off a sitter. These kids need to start playing matches and add actual skills to their one-dimentional ballbasher games instead of worrying about mental stuff. I see this problem in a lot of other people too. They blame all their struggles on their head and ignore huge flaws in their actual game. What do you think? Do you agree that people tend to blame their mental game a bit too much?