The 7 Laws of Tennis
As with any pursuit, there are many to skin a cat.
Since you are not The Terminator: Able to calculate with mechanical precision, Destroy opponents, and say intimidating lines during your match (no audible “Hasta la vista, Baby”), you will have human error in your game and that’s why we love tennis-it’s the personal challenge. If you are making the mistakes, you are slowly losing the match. If you are executing winners, you are winning! It really is that simple.
The fun of tennis becomes what you are capable of doing in a pressure situation. That is why we practice, play more and shop at Game-Set-Match. Honing skills is a life goal in any activity, to become better. We are flowers in bloom and beginners, intermediates and experts all open the same, from season to season, based on the nourishment you give yourself. In all types of weather-tough matches, easy winners, lucky shots, good attitudes and fun points, we learn to love the game more as it drives us to improve and become winners.
The laws below can govern us all and are to the point. Read each with care and internalize their wisdom. Get a tattoo of them on your forearm or simply make a cheat sheet for yourself on paper to remind yourself to keep your fertile mind, disciplined in self-control and organization.
Hanck’s 7 Laws of Tennis
1. Errors usually outnumber winners. To improve you must reduce your errors.
2. Power and control are opposites. Hitting the ball harder reduces control and increases errors; hitting the ball less hard increases control and reduces errors.
3. Ball placement is more important than power. The difference between hitting the ball to an opponent and hitting it a foot beyond the opponent's reach is a matter of inches--inches that separate winning and losing.
4. Every match requires a player to take account of what is working and what is not, and then to make adjustments. Don't beat yourself by making the same mistakes again and again. Use what is working.
5. Determination and mental toughness can often overcome physical or technical weaknesses. A weaker player can defeat a stronger player by using more effective tactics, better anticipation, and more sustained concentration.
6. Good shot selection is the key to match success. Choose the right shot for the right situation. Trying to hit winners from a defensive position (when off balance, deep behind the baseline, or out of position) is the main source of unnecessary errors.
7. Successful players learn how to play well under pressure. You must put yourself under pressure and work on your concentration when you practice.
Live by these and you will get your game back or get it for the very 1st time, what it feels like to be a winner! Also, come in to Game-Set-Match and update your racquet, shoes, strings, grip and socks to be competitive and play with modern gear to avoid injury and hit your best shots.
See below for an added bonus tip!
A note on over-hitting
How Do You Know When You're Over-hitting? It's easy to over hit when you are tense or when the match gets very close. There are three surefire signs of over hitting: 1) You begin missing shots you normally make, 2) You can't understand why you're missing, and 3) You lose your "feel" for the ball. The three usually occur together.
There are two things you can do to regain your feel for the ball: a) consciously relax the muscles of your hand and forearm by flexing and relaxing the muscles and taking a few deep breaths, and b) consciously begin hitting the ball with less pace.
Hitting with less pace is the most important thing you can do because it increases your ball control. Better ball control gives your muscles better feedback and very quickly improves your timing and your feel for the ball.
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