How can we overcome the 'fear of missing' and put real TRUST in our shots?

FEAR of failure (missing) is crippling in tennis. 

How then would we 'act' if we put real TRUST in our shots?

Today we finish this series in 'becoming brilliant at the basics' through R.E.S.P.E.C.T.

In my experience, I think sometimes we've just gotta 'act our way into a new way of thinking' rather than 'think our way into a new way of acting' so if you want to build more of a feeling of TRUST in your shots, try acting out these 3 linked behaviours:

  1.  'Let go of the racket and body' as you swing - ironically we've got to be prepared to miss.  Respect the game - top players have only won just over 50% of all career points.  Tennis involves missing/errors/losing points - get used to it.  'Letting go' is in my opinion linked to commitment - whatever you decision, commit to the shot and go for it!
  2. Breathe out on contact to help your timing, relax the mind & body/reduce muscle tension.
  3. Accelerate the racket on contact - when we play with fear we play only with the arm and tend to slow down and push/guide the ball


Here is a summary of R.E.S.P.E.C.T - the Everyball way at becoming brilliant at the basics

Be Ready to read and react to the ball with Energy in the feet 

Before you:

Split step on opponent's contact and Prepare the racket as you move and Establish the right space & distance from the ball to Control the path, angle and speed of your racket at contact 

And finally:

 Trust the process and back yourself - 'let go', breathe, and accelerate!

Don't know if I'll still be able to do this after lockdown!

Here's a fun Sunday challenge for those of you that have unstrung rackets lying about the house!!

My problem is my dear wife has gone into overdrive on the cake making during lockdown - HELP!!!!!!

Enjoy the weather today - looks like its set to turn next week sadly....


I really like this message from RVP on 'winners take control'

This was forwarded to me by a friend yesterday.

We talk a lot about the 4R's at Everyball and I think this is a great practical way in terms of how we as parents & coaches can help ourselves and our children/players live out responsibility.

Great parental 'coaching' to his son. 

Have a listen here - it's only a couple of minutes.


Here's a little challenge on the drop shot...

Can you play a drop shot by controlling the speed of your racket at contact in 3 different ways.

- accelerating at contact

- decelerating at contact

- maintaining speed at contact

Which do you find toughest? Easiest?

Skill-up and enjoy!



Ok, calling all Everyballers at Halton and beyond for this weekend's challenge.....

Ok folks here it is.

The handstand challenge.

Clock starts when your hands hit the turf.

Stops when your feet do.

Was that 11 seconds I was up for??????

C'mon can you beat me?

I need EVIDENCE!

Have a great weekend....stay safe trying this but I definitely recommend doing it AT HOME!


Everyball's Dom King to speak tomorrow at The Tennis Summit 2020 - one not to miss!

Here is more information from Dom on this fantastic opportunity to tap in many of the world's leading coaches:

Dear All,

I hope everyone is keeping happy, healthy sane in the current situation. I'm sure we're counting the days until we can get back on to the court and in the gym and see some friendly faces.

In the meantime, so that you can still work on your game during this time, I wanted to let you know about a huge free online event called Tennis Summit 2020 that I will be speaking at, that's coming up from April 20th-25th.

My friend Mehrban Iranshad from Tennis Files is hosting his fourth annual online tennis conference and it is going to be an amazing event!

I will be part of the event alongside over 30 world­ class coaches and experts including:

Paul Annacone, Gigi Fernandez, Louis Cayer, Rick Macci, Jeff Salzenstein, Dr. Mark Kovacs, Will Hamilton, Ian Westermann, Jorge Capestany, Peter Freeman, Emma Doyle, Dr. Sean Drake, Dean Hollingworth, and many more!

These experts are going to reveal their proven secrets to help you take your tennis game to the next level.

As I'm speaking, you can sign up for free by following my link below:

https://domjking--tennisfiles.thrivecart.com/tennis-summit-2020-all-access-pass/

This event is an incredible opportunity to learn strategy, technique, fitness, and the mental game from the best of the best.  

And you can see all of them in one place for free – you don't have to leave your house, which is somewhat convenient given the current climate.

You'll be joined by 10,000+ tennis players just like you who are passionate about becoming better tennis players.

This is honestly an incredible online event that you don't want to miss out on. I'm honoured to have been asked to take part in it.

P.S. Full disclaimer. It is free to sign up and watch the presentations. If you do decide to purchase the recordings of the event through my link, I will make a small commission on the purchase.

https://domjking--tennisfiles.thrivecart.com/tennis-summit-2020-all-access-pass/

Let me know at dom@everyball.net if you have any questions at all and I hope to see you all very soon.

All the best,

Dom


Dominic King ASCC MTPS PES
Head of Athlete Development, Everyball Tennis, Halton Tennis Centre
Master Tennis Performance Specialist, Racquetfit Certified,
Strength & Conditioning Coach
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Almost there with respect to R.E.S.P.E.C.T! - What do you think the 'T' stands for?

Well we're almost there with respect to R.E.S.P.E.C.T!

I made this little acronym up a few years ago before a summer camp to help our students develop sound fundamentals whilst bringing the value of 'respect' to all we do.  It's been fun for me to go through it again and refine it here and there, and the below can act as a little technical 'checklist' to run through when working on your shots.

So, are you:

Ready to read and react with Energy in the feet? 

Before you:

Split step on opponent's contact and Prepare the racket as you move and Establish the right space & distance from the ball to Control the path, angle and speed of your racket at contact? 

And finally do you:

 T......(wonder what 'T' is for - any guesses?)

Contact with the ball is often referred to the moment of truth in tennis where a combination of the path of the racket, the angle of the racket face, and the speed of the racket ultimately determine the outcome of the ball as measured by the ball's height, direction, distance, speed and spin.  Learning the Control the path, angle and speed of the racket at contact is a key fundamental in becoming brilliant at the basics!

Today we do a little work on controlling the angle of the racket face at contact in order to direct the ball with accuracy.











A little more on timing today - top, rise or fall?

Whilst I'm looking to establish position around the ball to time the ball 'out in front, to the side, and waist high' I can also choose to make contact at three particular moments (tactical timing). They are:

  • On the rise - towards* the peak of the bounce - difficult to time but very effective in terms of taking time away from the opponent and using the speed of the ball
  • At the top of the bounce - that moment where the ball is neither rising or falling.  A little easier than on the rise and the ball has slowed somewhat but allows you to hit with real positive intent.
  • On the fall - as the fall is 'on the turn' and beginning** to fall.  This is in fact the easiest ball to 'time' and promotes more of a low to high racket path and potentially easier to generate topspin off as there is a natural opposite reaction to ball and racket taking place.  Often used in rallying situations by all levels of players and best for your minis and beginner players when looking to develop consistency in your shots.

*This is not a half-volley.  Too many players will select a half-volley from the baseline in a rally situation, and lose tempo on their shots.  Still important to allow to ball to rise some distance to give you more tactical options on the shot.

**Important not to let the ball fall too far so it drops below an optimal height


Distance yourself....from the ball!

We should be pretty well versed in distancing ourselves from each other right now!  So, here's a chance to take this skill into your tennis and ensure you establish the right distance between yourself and the ball for a well-timed contact!

Have a play around with the three dimensions of 'technical timing' today....


Be brilliant at the basics with r.e.s.p.E.c.t!

Ready 

Energy in the feet

Split step

Prepare

Establish the right distance between yourself and the ball for a well-timed contact

C

T