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View Poll Results: What percent of tennis is mental?
0% 1 2.63%
10% 1 2.63%
20% 0 0%
30% 2 5.26%
40% 2 5.26%
50% 10 26.32%
60% 4 10.53%
70% 3 7.89%
80% 8 21.05%
90% 7 18.42%
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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 08-12-2006, 03:14 AM Thread Starter
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The Mental Game

What do you guys think of the almighty mental game? I've focused on this aspect of tennis relatively early in my years of tennis, around 12. I read and followed the principles of "The Inner Game of Tennis", and it had become my bible. I also bought another book, actually an ebook, on the mind game to compare and contrast. I thought it was an excellent complement to TIGOT, since it focused on self-hypnosis, which TIGOT doesn't cover. There's a link to it at my blog here.

I believe the mind game is about 80% of the game. After watching a Little League baseball game today, it truly showed how losing or winning is defined by your mental strength.

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Re: The Mental Game

90%

The rest is made up of fundamentals and intangibles.


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Tim Gallwey's book is excellent as are all his Inner Game series. I do think you need to add some element of tactics to his approach, such as Brad Gilbert's Winning Ugly, so that you do more than just hit good shots; your opponent has their own strengths and weaknesses which go a long way towards determining which player wins the match.

Whenever a player enter "the zone" they are in essence in a trance state where time appears to slow down, the ball increases in size, and the right shot comes effortlessly.

Getting upset about poor line-calls, or an inability to execute your shots tends to have a negative impact on your performance, though for the odd player, say John McEnroe, the opposite seems to true.

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Whenever a player enter "the zone" they are in essence in a trance state where time appears to slow down, the ball increases in size, and the right shot comes effortlessly.
One of the best feelings ever.


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The problem for me is that I'll start getting into the zone when I'm way behind, at which point I'll rally back for 3-4 games and then lose.

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That's funny.

I also tend to peak later. I always refer to myslef as the 2nd Set Player and then make it hard on myself by being forced into a 3 setter. But I'm very fit these days (Run 6 Miles a week, apply Crossfit on top of that ...) so my opponents usually fall apart


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Run 6 miles a week? Not to be rude, but that's really not that much at all. But I don't think running helps in tennis, unless to lose weight. Tennis is all about the short spurts, so sprints are much more useful.

I use resistance bands and this running belt that you attach to your waist, hook to a resistance band, and latch on to the door. It makes sprinting type exercises, lunges, etc. very easy to do. You don't have to go to the gym in the winter to run; its great!

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My whole game is a mental issue. If I think Im playing well i go from strength to strength, as soon as i question myself I fall apart. No joke, I almost quit playing because of it.
Just something I need to put up with.

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The problem for me is that I'll start getting into the zone when I'm way behind, at which point I'll rally back for 3-4 games and then lose.
you are my lost twin man, seirously that happens to me too, here we play 8 game sets on tournaments, i was loosing 6-1 man, y played all te way to 7-6 then we tied and guess wut... yes my serve... and a double fault, =( i didint get mad cause the other guy was good and it was an awesome game, i was actually happier about loosing but getting those 6 games than i would have been for winning by 8-1
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In my opinion the game of tennis is 70 % mental, 20 % fitness, and 10 % technical. This analysis is considering that determination and desire are tied into the mental aspect of the game. The most important thing to work on is fitness, actually. Many players overlook this aspect - including me - and focus purely on technique. Wrong! Now, don't get me wrong. Technique is important but fitness is vital to a good tennis player. If you have great technique but can't last 3 sets - let me tell you- winning tennis tournaments will be very dificult. So remember, train to become a motha %%%%% -ing beast!
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Obviously depends on your level of tennis ability. Once you're fit enough and good enough to know what you're doing, it all becomes mental.
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My whole game is a mental issue. If I think Im playing well i go from strength to strength, as soon as i question myself I fall apart. No joke, I almost quite playing because of it.
Just something I need to put up with.
i so have that...it sucks quite a lot tbh, i only ever doubt myself heehee, but i'm tryin to change!!! lol so for me pretty much the whole rubbishness of my game is because i haven't got the right mentality...yet!!!

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awful!!!!


I'm not like PHM but I usually choke in ridiculous moments

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I find it strange to see how much some of you think is mental in tennis. I can assure you that there is no way that tennis is 90% mental.

Of course there is a large proportion of mental ability involved but look at a guy like Safin who is crap mentally and has won 2 slams and most guys in top 50 who are okay mentally but have never won anything of note. It is due to ability.

I'd say tennis is between 5 and 10% mental which is a lot for a sport but technical ability is easily the most important factor. If tennis was 90% mental then I could give some people a run for their money.

I play every weekend and I'm pretty good mentally. I think this is because I care if I win but I don't care very much. This means I try as hard as I can but I don't choke or anything because I don't mind if I lose.

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I find it strange to see how much some of you think is mental in tennis. I can assure you that there is no way that tennis is 90% mental.

Of course there is a large proportion of mental ability involved but look at a guy like Safin who is crap mentally and has won 2 slams and most guys in top 50 who are okay mentally but have never won anything of note. It is due to ability.

I'd say tennis is between 5 and 10% mental which is a lot for a sport but technical ability is easily the most important factor. If tennis was 90% mental then I could give some people a run for their money.

I play every weekend and I'm pretty good mentally. I think this is because I care if I win but I don't care very much. This means I try as hard as I can but I don't choke or anything because I don't mind if I lose.
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