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Move your New Shot from Practice to Prime Time

That new slice backhand you’ve been working on may be sizzling on the practice court yet in a match, it tends to sail out of control. Often, when you learn a new shot, you'll find it fairly easy to hit in practice, but almost impossible to use in a match.  

You're not alone. This was a...

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A Powerful Habit to Build Positive Team Culture

Unchecked Sarcasm can Derail Team Spirit

The word sarcasm is derived from the Greek language, meaning “to strip off the flesh.”  Yikes! I definitely recommend sharing this definition with your tennis team — and your teenagers. Sarcasm is so prevalent in our culture. I worry that many athletes are losing the ability to be...

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USTA Ratings Week: Handle the Results Mindfully

The USTA Released Computer Ratings This Week...

...and one of three things happened: You got bumped up. You were bumped down. Or, most likely, you stayed at the same rating.

You may be feeling happy, sad, or indifferent. You may feel these emotions consecutively or all at the same time. Your USTA rating shapes your tennis plan for the next full...

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Recycle the Head Trash and Reflect Your True Self

Do you believe in yourself as a tennis player? Why is self gratitude such a struggle for some of us?

I’m re-reading Noah St. John’s book, The Secret Code of Success. St. John talks about our “head trash” or the subconscious roadblocks that keep us from acting on our real hopes and dreams. His “funhouse mirror”...

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Stick it!

 

“Ready position” ....“Racquet back”

Most ladies league players I work with nail these first two steps on the groundstroke checklist. Then the next big milestone is contact. We all LOVE hitting the ball. We all get excited at contact.

I’m more interested in what happens with your stroke after contact. Most...

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The Surprising Power of Atomic Tennis Habits

As a coach, I’m always interested in finding ways to improve my players’ performance. Recently, a good family friend, Christine Carter (author of Raising Happiness and The Sweet Spot) suggested reading James Clear’s book, Atomic Habits. I’m loving it! It’s inspired me so much, I’ve decided to blog about the...

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Clear Your Mind to Play Your Game

 

In our busy day-to-day lives, multi-tasking is a goal for many, and for others a necessity. Unfortunately, it’s a detriment to all tennis players. Achieving mental focus prior to stepping on the court is key to success in tennis!

Peak performance on-and-off the tennis court occurs when you are focused on the important things in the...

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Defeating "I Suck" Once and For All!

“I am the greatest” — Muhammad Ali
“I suck!” — unknown, unaccomplished tennis player

Top tennis players talk themselves into incredible performances. What goes on in their mind has a direct effect on their body. Our thoughts prompt certain emotions that in turn have bodily or physiological...

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