Missing a shot in tennis

Missing a shot in tennis

This article is for the recreational fighters out there. The ones that play with high intensity and focus, challenging themselves every second on court. Those that are serious at self improvement during play or practice sessions.

” **** you are so bad at tennis, that was your point you ******** ” every call yourself names, used foul language, tried to destroy your racket after missing a point?

I have done all of these and have seen many people do it, at varying intensities.

I myself have only cracked a racket once by accidentally throwing it on the metal pole of the back fence, and i regret that mistake, money wasted !

It is OK to get angry but not THAT angry.

Here are some reasons why it is ok to miss.

Everyone loses

In tennis, or life, losing is a natural process. There is no way you can win all the time, even Federer, one of the greatest of all time has had his fair share of losses.

Without putting yourself out there to lose, then winning would not feel that great. If you plan on competing, eventually you are bound to suffer some defeats and that does not make you a bad player, putting in the effort to try to win is more important.

You have to learn to accept this when you play, or else, the negativity will affect your mental stability and severely affect your ability to play well.

I have been there and it is very hard to recover from. Seek to manage your anger and forget your previous “miss or error” and focus on the next point or next match.

Tennis is a difficult sport

This is an absolute fact. Unlike sports like badminton, basketball, soccer which are easy to learn but hard to master. Tennis is hard to learn and hard to master.

There is no way a random person can pick up a tennis racket and start rallying or serving unlike some other sport where you can immediately play with someone else at a basic level.

In tennis, every stroke takes a lot of time to truly master, even at an intermediate level, it takes months or years to be consistent at a specific stroke. And you have to also train to be able to use it during your matches, not only during rallies or ball fed drills.

Which can be very frustrating for many as there are no short cuts to it, except spending a lot of time to gain the experience. So don’t punch yourself in the gut if you cannot apply something you just learnt.

Many people think tennis is easy because the professionals make it look easy, but the amount of time put in is tremendous. During my time trying to turn pro, i trained 4-6 hours 6 days a week and still couldn’t make it.

Use it as a tool for improvement

Making mistakes help to improve your tennis. Every single time you miss, there is going to be a reason why. Maybe your feet are not in position, maybe your technique is wrong or maybe you were too slow.

Try to find the reason why you make majority ( don’t analyze every shot ) of your mistakes and work on them. Don’t get angry, instead try to analyze yourself and work toward improving and fixing those that you have identified.

Try not to fix everything first but work on the majority of what is wrong. Lets say you hit 10 forehands long because your racket face was open, work on that instead of thinking about that one back hand down the line shot you missed.

Making errors can either hamper your game or help you improve. Your attitude and the way you see them are the keys to unlocking your potential.

Book recommendation

Winning Ugly: Mental Warfare in Tennis – Lessons from a Master

how to hit the forehand down the line

The tennis classic from Olympic gold medalist and ESPN analyst Brad Gilbert, now featuring a new introduction with tips drawn from the strategies of Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams, Andy Murray, and more, to help you outthink and outplay your toughest opponents.

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