Mental Issues - Fixed

Chyeaah

Professional
So I got in touch with a couple of pro coaches, and they gave me a superb, marvelous piece of advice.

BEFORE SERVE RITUAL.

Before the serve, your ritual is VERY VERY VERY important, under stress/pressure or whatever if you keep your before serve ritual consistent then you have a higher chance of getting your serve in (that is if you practice it) and there will be less unforced errors due to pressure.

Basically it's something you can rely on, if you keep if consistent, maybe 5-6 bounces and whatever you do, so your brain subconsciously knows what it is doing since you have done it hundreds of times before.

This can also go with different things, like how you hold the racquet when you are bouncing the ball, keep your mind thinking about the same thing before the serve, whether it is thinking about where you are going to serve or thinking about some random girl you like, but keep it consistent.
 

tennis_balla

Hall of Fame
Good post. Also, don't forget rituals during service return.

Rituals are one of the most important aspects in tennis, and most over looked as well.
 

tennis_balla

Hall of Fame
What Rafa does with the water bottles, tennis players do all the time just not to that extent and so obvious. Sharapova for example doesn't step on the lines when walking back to the baseline after a changeover. Superstition.

As crazy and funny as it looks, Rafa's butt picking, nose scratch, hair behind the ears each time he's about to serve is part of his ritual. Its a vital part of his game.
 

Limpinhitter

G.O.A.T.
What Rafa does with the water bottles, tennis players do all the time just not to that extent and so obvious. Sharapova for example doesn't step on the lines when walking back to the baseline after a changeover. Superstition.

As crazy and funny as it looks, Rafa's butt picking, nose scratch, hair behind the ears each time he's about to serve is part of his ritual. Its a vital part of his game.
Have you ever heard of Art "Tappy" Larsen?
 

Wuppy

Professional
A friend of mine has a "ritual" where he spits a giant wad of mucus on the ground before each serve. It's really gross, especially when we change sides.
 

Limpinhitter

G.O.A.T.
Nope.......
He won the U.S. Nationals in 1950. He suffered from severe OCD. Gardner Mulloy wrote about how he and others would tease him because of his rituals.

"Jack Kramer, tennis player and long-time promoter, writes in his 1979 autobiography that "Larsen was fascinating to watch. He had concentrated on tennis as mental therapy after serving long stretches in the front lines during (World War II). He was called Tappy because he went around touching everything for good luck,[1] and sometimes he would chat with an imaginary bird that sat on his shoulder."

Here's the Wiki on him: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Art_Larsen
 

LeeD

Bionic Poster
I've played over 10 sets of doubles with Art, mostly against. That was '76, when I was just past my second year of tennis. His doubles crowd took me in, seeing I was a young gun and someone to beat with smarts and gile.
 
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