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Motivational Monday & a Big Surprise!!


July 22, 2019

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                     Motivational Monday
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                                                              Get after your goals, players!
                                                              Need to up your workout?
                                                             Could you use a lesson?
                                                            Could you work on specific technical skills?
                                                        Get to it now!
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                     We are hosting a Super-Sized Racquet Trade-in SALE!!




                          Trade-in your old racquet, in good condition & free of cracks, for a NEW RACQUET $35 OFF
                                  starting TODAY Monday 7/22/19 through Monday 7/29/19!
                   BIG savings 4U.
                            If you've been waiting, it's time to buy yourself the new racquet!
                    We are ready to assist you in the store.
                  See you soon!
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July Tennis Tip & Promotion!


July 7, 2019

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Tennis Mental Game

from Optimum Tennis

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Secrets of the Mental Tennis Game


A tennis mental game involves the factors beyond tennis strokes that affect the outcome of a tennis match.
A tennis mental game involves the factors beyond tennis strokes that affect the outcome of a tennis match. These mental tennis game tips and secrets reveal the need for proper mental tennis training.
The tennis mental game consists of physical strength and mental fitness.

No matter how skillful you are, physically winning a tennis match can still be out of your reach if your mind is not conditioned. Below are some of the tennis mental game techniques and training for every player in order to condition their mind to win tennis matches.

Visualization and self confidence
Visualization is a big part of the tennis mental game. Sports Psychologists are using visualization to train athletes to strengthen their mental tennis game. Visualization means your mental ability to create events or happenings in your mind. In other words, you can visualize yourself attaining your goals to serve excellently in tennis, or improving you skills in tennis games or simply you imagine yourself better than what you are in your present condition for you to be able to build your self confidence or self belief. In the end visualization can help you peak in your tennis games.

Every tennis player should do visualization exercises prior to a tennis match. Spend several minutes prior to a tennis match visualizing that you are going to play the best tennis match you ever played in your life. Imagine yourself playing in the court with excellent first service and second service percentage. You can also visualize that you will be able to use you powerful groundstrokes to make you opponent more vulnerable. Above all, visualize yourself winning the tennis match no matter who is your opponent.

Visualization does not come easily by just imagining things. In doing this you have to use all your senses. The sense of touch that you can feel how you grip your racket and how you toss you ball when you serve. Use your sense of hearing to imagine that you hear all the cheers of your supporters or boos of your opponent’s supporters. And most importantly, you should make use of your sense of feeling, seeing and hearing to hear to the shouts and the cheers, the different colors and the warmth feeling the spectators give you in the court when you hit your winning ball. By doing this training every day, as time goes by you will start to develop your self confidence.

Self-hypnosis
Self hypnosis is another part of the tennis mental game. Today, at full time junior tennis academies, they designate specific parts of the training day just for mental tennis training. One of the methods used to train elite players is self hypnosis and self talk on court.

In playing tennis, what you feel or what your emotions are during the match are big factors that affect your game performance. This means that during tennis matches, your thoughts and your emotions should work hand in hand for you to be at your best. Many professional players use this in their mental tennis training to achieve their goals as you see them talking to themselves on court.

On one hand, what you say when you are on court does affect the way you play your tennis games. This is because normally the words that come out from your mouth are expressions of your real thoughts and your real emotions deep inside your head, and therefore these expressions tend to manifest itself both externally and internally.

One way for players to develop positive self-talk can even be done during practice or during the match itself. To win tennis matches you have to introduce positive self-talk. Tell yourself that you have the skills and techniques to defeat your opponents. Tell yourself not be frustrated or angered when you miss a hit. Tell yourself not to complain a lot when a line man or the referee makes a bad call, because it will just distract your concentration.

And above all talk to yourself to concentrate and focus on your game with the goal of winning it. This technique of a solid tennis mental game is crucial especially when you are down in a match, because it can help you motivate yourself. This is very important in tennis matches considering once you are on court, you work all alone (especially in Grand slam tournaments) from the beginning of the match until a winner is declared. Therefore, your self-motivation by talking to yourself is vital.

Mental Tennis Strength
Mental tennis strength is a crucial attribute to be a winning tennis player. Not only does a player require the skills and technique necessary, but winners must also possess mental tennis ability.

Developing your mental strength is very important in every tennis match. No matter how good you are in every physical attribute in a tennis match, your chances of winning tennis matches are limited if your mental strength is weak. Mental strength means your ability to focus on every single match and every single point without a lapse. Hence every player must train themselves accordingly for the tennis mental game.

How to train yourself to develop the mental tennis strength you need every time you face your opponent?
One way to do it is daily and constant practice, and this is what all professional players do. They still practice playing tennis regularly no matter how good they already are. They practice when there are no upcoming tournaments and they practice more when a tournament is fast approaching.

During practice, maintain your objectives of winning every point to the best of your ability. Don’t take the practice for granted because generally your performance in practice reflects your performance in the actual games.

The second part of the tennis mental game is to include critical games situations in every practice you do. Mental tennis strength is more crucial when you are pressured to win points. Like for example in tiebreakers, a situation when you are down with your service game at 0-40, or you are in a situation that you only need to win two to three points to win a match. These are just examples where the right mental tennis training is crucial for you to stay focus and aim for a point in every hit.

In every tennis game, it is possible that a match can go for a very long time like the longest match in tennis history between Isner and Mahut in 2010 Wimbledon. If both players did not have the proper mental tennis training, neither of them would be able to finish the match. The best way to do this is to keep practicing for long hours until such time that you think your physical body can’t do it anymore but your mind is still willing to persevere.

Relaxation techniques
Nervousness and anxiety are common emotions that players feel before each game. In addition, many players are very emotional when they score a point or worse when they make an unforced error. Some examples of this are the throwing balls to the spectators, banging of racket to their head or even breaking their racket with their bare hands. Every time players do this, they spend more of their energy in their emotions and most of the time they lose focus of the game.

Hence relaxation techniques are very important to minimize these negative emotions before and during the game.

Audio tapes
Mind relaxation is very important to develop the tennis mental game, especially before every tennis match. When your mind is relaxed, it means you can concentrate totally on your upcoming match, but if your mind is full of other things other than you match then you have the tendency to lose focus. Many players like to listen to a certain type of music when they are traveling on their way before a big performance. Like for example, Wayne Rooney loves to listen to Susan Boyle’s album when he is on the bus on their way to the stadium where they are going to play. Listen to relaxing music rather than rock music.

Breathing techniques
Mental tennis training also involves learning how to control the body. Taking beep breaths is one way to relax your tense mind and muscles. This tennis mental game aspect is very important to do before and during the game. The players should always remember to take deep breaths. Experts suggest to inhale and exhale slowly, which calms the body. Notice some players taking their time before each serve; this is the best time to relax your mind and body by taking a walk to the fence and back to service area. Deep inhale and exhale will also help players to overcome their strong emotions while on court.

10 Minute pre-match silent moment
In this tennis mental game technique, all you need to do is find a quiet place to be alone to contemplate for at least 10 minutes before you go on court. Just sit and relax and close your eyes and clear your mind of any negative thoughts. Then after five minutes of sitting, stand up and do the inhale exhale exercise until you are ready to go out to the court.

Control body language
Body language or body posture reflects any player’s mental and physical condition, and to be in proper posture will tell your opponent that you are tough and strong enough to defeat him. The most important part of mental tennis training is learning to control body language. However, if you show your opponent that you are not conditioned mentally and physically through you body language, then it will boost your opponent’s confidence to defeat you.

Hence in every game, each player must always condition their mind that no matter what your real condition is you should always project that you are in your best condition. Like for example if your opponent sees that your shoulders are sagging when you are down, it will create more encouragement to your opponent. But if you continue the game with your head up while calming yourself, your opponent would not be able to take advantage of you.

Mistake management skills
Every player makes mistakes, but a great player converts every mistake into an opportunity to improve his game plan. To convert every mistake into an opportunity does not only need physical skills, but the player has to have the cognitive approach to do it. Like for example, if your technique is not working with your opponent’s approach, then you have to be mentally ready to accept it. At the same time, be mentally alert to analyze the situation and come up with the right counter attack.

Post-performance review:
Another tennis mental game strategy that can help players perform better in their matches is to watch their every performance in recorded video. In this way, the player is able to analyze the good and the bad aspects in his or her games.

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Triple Threat on Racquetball, Squash & Pickle Ball


Stars this Monday, July 8  

Valid 7/8 - 7/15
Up to 25% off SALE! Buy a new Racquet/Paddle, balls & grip in any combo & save more: 1 item@15%OFF (grip); 2 items@20%OFF (paddle&grip); 3 items@25% off (racquet&balls). Any combo! 

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Let's Get a Rally Going!


June 30, 2019

Wimbledon is Here!


We are so excited to see who excels on the grass.

Check out these 10 Fun Facts

1. The Grass is Always Greener - Wimbledon is one of four tennis Grand Slam events held each year. These tournaments are considered the most important competitions of the tennis season. Wimbledon is the only Grand Slam event to be played on grass courts. The grass is tended to year-round. And during the event, it’s cut to a height of exactly 8 mm.

2. It Goes Way Back - The first Wimbledon championship took place in 1877, making it the oldest tennis tournament in the world. Men’s Singles was the only event played that year. Ladies’ Singles and Men’s Doubles events came on the scene in 1884. And, in 1913, the Ladies’ Doubles and Mixed Doubles events were added to the tournament.

3. Strict Dress Code - Wimbledon rules state that all players must be dressed almost entirely in white. Umpires can ask a player to change if they don’t meet the dress code. For instance, in 2013, Wimbledon champ Roger Federer was told to switch his shoes for his next match because they had orange soles. The rule came about to avoid showing sweat stains and white did the trick!

4. It’s All About the Ball - During the tournament, 54, 250 tennis balls are used. The balls are replaced after every seven to nine games to make sure they’re in perfect shape throughout the match. Those not in use are even stored in a refrigerated container to keep them in tip-top condition. Interestingly, Wimbledon once used white tennis balls. But they were replaced with yellow balls in 1986 to make them more visible to TV cameras.

5. On the Job - About 250 ball boys and girls - known as BBGs - have the tough job of keeping track of all those fast-moving tennis balls. Months before the tournament, BBGs go through intense training sessions to prepare for Wimbledon.

6. We Are the Champions - The record for the most Wimbledon titles in Ladies’ Singles belongs to retired Czech and American player Martina Navratilova with nine victories. In Men’s Singles, the record for most titles is shared by William Renshaw, Pete Sampras, and Roger Federer, who each won the event seven times.

7. Bring on the Trophy - In 2014, the Men’s and Ladies’ Singles Champions each took home a prize of about $3 million. Aside from cash winnings, champs are also presented with a trophy. The Ladies’ winner is awarded a round platter called a salver that was made in 1864. And the Men’s champion receives a golden cup that dates back to 1887. Neither winner keeps the trophy. They remain on display at the All England Club’s museum. But winners do go home with a small replica of the trophy.

8. Are You Tired Yet? - The longest match ever played at Wimbledon took place at the 2010 tournament. John Isner of the United States defeated French player Nicolas Mahut in a match that lasted 11 hours and five minutes and was played over the course of three days.

9. Look Out! - The record for fastest men’s serve at Wimbledon belongs to US player Taylor Dent, whose ball clocked in at 238 kph. And American Venus Williams holds the record for the fastest women’s serve after smashing a tennis ball about 205 kph.

10. An Earsplitting Sound - Some tennis players let out a loud grunt on the court while hitting the ball. The loudest known grunt during Wimbledon came from Russia’s Maria Sharapova in 2009. It reached about 105 decibels - the equivalent of standing beside an accelerating motorcycle!


5 Ways to Save $$ @Game-Set-Match, Inc.!
1. Shop our discounted racquet wall if you are looking to save some money. Let our staff speak with you about your game and suggest a racquet that fits for less!
 
2. We are currently hosting 30-60% Babolat clothing at our Littleton store but will be spreading it across all 3 stores starting this Tuesday, July 2! Always check our sale racks & shop for your Wimbledon whites, your red, white & blues & all the colors of the world that will help you win your matches! 
 
3. Redeeming your Five Stars Rewards is a great way to save on all items in the store. Have you downloaded the Five Stars app? You can keep track of your points & rewards, change the way you receive notifications, check out nearby store discounts in the Five Stars network & know real-time flash sales & specials. Be sure to enter your cell phone # to receive text notifications on Game-Set-Match, Inc. discounts! TEXT 'Y" to 578277 to register. Go into your notification settings to select how you'd like to hear from us. 
 
4. Trade-in your old frame for a new frame & we'll give you a $25 credit!
 
5. Demo up to 6 racquets through our demo program & we'll give you a $30 credit! 

We are always on the lookout for opportunities to get you on the court.
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Honoring Those Who Have Served on Memorial Day


May 27, 2019

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Honoring All Who Have Sacrificed

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Memorial Day is designed to honor those service members who passed away, especially those who gave their lives in the line of duty. As of 2018, the United States Census Bureau reported Memorial Day honors more than one million men and women who have died in military service since the Civil War. We are grateful to those who serve and we honor deeply those who have given their lives for our everyday freedoms. Our country was built upon freedom and justice for all and today, we honor those who dedicated their lives to upholding this treasured quality of life. Thank you to current and past veterans for your eternal sacrifice and for the glory you bring to our country. We salute you.

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NEW Summer hours, NEW Head Radical Release & Pickle Ball!!


May 9, 2019

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NEW Summer Hours

Starting this weekend, we can see you for one hour more every day! New hours begin Saturday, May 11, 2019.

Monday - Friday   9am - 8pm
Saturday & Sunday   9am - 6pm


We are very excited to be celebrating 30 years in business! When you shop locally, you support Colorado. We simply couldn't exist without you. Thanks for your loyalty, we appreciate every purchase, every day. Be sure to shop our Littleton store to find all Babolat clothing 40% OFF. There is A LOT of inventory and we want you to look good this summer. Make the trip to find great clothing at a discounted price!


THE NEW HEAD RADICAL SERIES ARRIVES MAY 25TH, 2019


Head has introduced the Advanced Graphene 360 technology that transfers all of the energy of your stroke directly into the ball. No wonder the new Radical series handles every shot in the game. Graphene 360 forms the structural base of the racquet, strategically positioned in the shaft and extending into the racquet head. It strengthens the frame, providing greater stability and optimized energy transfer from racquet to ball - maximizing the power of your game. There's no shot you can't play. Demos available NOW!

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RADICAL PRO

Thanks to the new Graphene 360 technology, it provides greater stability and optimized energy transfer resulting in more power and consequently more ball speed. The most aggressive racquet of the series also features a new asymmetric color-blocking design identity that perfectly represents the silo's versatility. If it is even more power you need, then you will love this heavier frame and the fact that this racquet can be equipped with a longer pro-player cap for a very powerful and unique feel.

WEIGHT (UNSTRUNG): 310 g / 10.9 oz
STRING PATTERN: 16/19
HEAD SIZE: 630 cm² / 98 in²
GRIP SIZE: 1-5
BALANCE: 315 mm / 1 in HL
LENGTH: 685 mm / 27.0 in
BEAM: 20/23/21 mm

BEST MATCHING STRINGS:
POWER: Reflex 16
CONTROL: Hawk 17


RADICAL MP

Slightly lighter than the Radical Pro, its bigger tour brother, the RADICAL MP is designed for the all-court tournament player. It now comes with the new Graphene 360 technology for greater stability and optimized energy transfer resulting in more power and consequently more ball speed. The most versatile racquet of the series also features a dynamic 16/19 string pattern for enhanced playability and spin.

WEIGHT (UNSTRUNG): 295 g / 10.4 oz
STRING PATTERN: 16/19
HEAD SIZE: 630 cm² / 98 in²
GRIP SIZE: 1-5
BALANCE: 320 mm / 1 in HL
LENGTH: 685 mm / 27.0 in
BEAM: 20/23/21 mm

BEST MATCHING STRINGS: 
POWER: Reflex 16
CONTROL: Hawk Touch 17


RADICAL S

The RADICAL S comes with a bigger head and a lighter weight compared to the rest of the series, which makes it the perfect partner for ambitious club players who want to experience the RADICAL series' unique characteristics. Offering outstanding maneuverability and easy playability, the S features the Graphene 360 technology which provides greater stability and optimized energy transfer resulting in more power and consequently more ball speed.

WEIGHT (UNSTRUNG): 280 g / 9.9 oz
STRING PATTERN: 16/19
HEAD SIZE: 660 cm² / 102 in²
GRIP SIZE: 0-5
BALANCE: 320 mm / 1 in HL
LENGTH: 685 mm / 27.0 in
BEAM: 22/25/23 mm

BEST MATCHING STRINGS: 
POWER: Velocity 16
CONTROL: Lynx 16

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RADICAL PWR

The Radical PWR is the perfect versatile racquet for the serious high-level player looking for a lighter frame who is home on the baseline as much as at the net. It features the Graphene 360 technology for greater stability and optimized energy transfer resulting in more power and consequently more ball speed as well as the innovative adaptive string pattern (ASP) technology, which allows players to choose between a powerful 14/19 pattern for more spin and a 16/19 pattern for more control.

WEIGHT (UNSTRUNG): 265 g / 9.3 oz
STRING PATTERN: 16/19, 14/19
HEAD SIZE: 710 cm² / 110 in²
GRIP SIZE: 1-5
BALANCE: 345 mm / even
LENGTH: 695 mm / 27.4 in
BEAM: 26/25/23 mm

ASP, THE ADAPTIVE STRING PATTERN TECHNOLOGY FEATURES TWO EXCHANGEABLE GROMMET SETS. YOU CAN CHOOSE BETWEEN 16/16 FOR MORE SPIN AND POWER OR 16/19 FOR MORE CONTROL

It's time to play Pickle Ball outdoors & indoors!!!

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Legacy paddles shown here are 20% off the regular price of $79.99*.

*While supplies last!

Purchase any other regularly priced pickle ball paddle, get a free Wilson Neon Flare 6-pack of indoor/outdoor balls shown here through the month of May 2019!!

 
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