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Mon Nov 23, 2009 10:36 pm

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Guys i think some of us have this problem rite; to be consistent in playing tennis. One day we play like a pro with fluid motion, our forehand is down right to the baseline n our backhand can challenge the best of federer (it's exaggerating i know) n then on the other day we play like hell.

how to overcome this? even if we play everyday, i dun think the style that we play will become a habit if one day we like a pro n the next day we jz wanna smack the racquet or blaming others..



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Tue Nov 24, 2009 12:35 am

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bro,fyi we all know how u feel..
it happens to the best of us,well,except Zdepth :D

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Wed Nov 25, 2009 11:41 am

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I feel you man. One day we can like whack the balls to the very corner of the court, the next day even a simple forehand is hard to execute. :(

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Sat Nov 28, 2009 1:35 am

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Ok let me try ...

The key to consistency is your heart & your fundamentals. To the topic starter, u mentioned that 1 day you are good & on another day you're playing like hell. Keyword here is 'day'. Now we dont want to be inconsistent the whole 'day'. What you should do is to shorten that whole 'day' into just a few shots. We want only 'short term inconsistency' & not a whole day of inconsistency. If your inconsistency is not because of fatigue or mind problems, then I can help you:

Putting Fundamentals Into your shots

Whenever u made a bad shot, u need to look back & see what u did wrong in that shot. U cannot see & know what u did wrong in your shots if u dont have stroke fundamentals. What is stroke fundamentals? Stroke fundamentals are the blueprint & step by step basis to a stroke process. For example, we take a normal forehand groundstroke & we break the fundamentals down to a step by step process, it would become something like below:

1. Tracking of the ball from your opponent's side of the court
2. Watching & interpreting the flight path & trajectory of the ball
3. Process that in your brain & make a judgement on where it would land & how high the ball would roughly bounce
4. Once your brain has calculated on where you should move to take that shot, your physical body does the moving
5. You step in with the correct foot & taken your racquet back. Your eyes tracking the ball continuously.
6. You contact the ball in front of you at the right striking height & distance, your racquet is not closed or opened face, it's parallel to the net & your eyes is locked on the contact point
7. You pull your racquet across your body, accelerating from the point of impact, bringing your racquet along a crescent like path across your shoulder
8. You finished your stroke with your elbow pointing to the opponent's court & your non hitting hand catching your racquet's neck on the other side of your body.

Depending on where/how/who u learnt tennis from, your fundamentals might not look like the above or you could even have totally wrong fundamentals if you learned it from a bad source. So before you even go into consistency talks, u need to know whether you have the proper fundamentals or not. To do this, you need to have a very reliable & skillful coach that can put fundamentals into your strokes by not only teaching you to hit physically but he must also be able to put all his teaching onto paper. A good coach is a coach that goes the distance in letting the student understand fully & implanting written fundamentals into the student's brain.

Now why I tie fundamentals with inconsistency? Answer: U are inconsistent because u hit bad shots. Why u hit bad shots? Answer: Because u messed up part of your stroke fundamental's process. Believe me, every ball that u hit wrong, it's because u messed up some part of the steps in your stroke process... every single time. If u look at the pros, sometimes when they hit a bad shot, they would retake that shot by doing a shadow swing after that mistake. What they're doing is to repeat that stroke process again in a correct way. They're looking back at their mistake & they're understanding what they did wrong. They have fundamentals, they know what they did wrong, they're psyching themself's up so that they wont make that mistake again. U need to have proper fundamentals so that u can know what u did wrong & stop doing it the next time.

Putting your heart into the game with positive emotion/temperament

The second key to consistency is your heart, which is pretty straight forward. You dont play tennis if you're bothered with other things that day. What are 'other' things? Well... things like:

1. I haven't eaten today
2. I dont have enough sleep last night
3. My opponent is a state champ
4. I'm injured
5. My racquet is not good
6. My mom is sick at home
7. My head is thinking of a Xmas turkey, Dom Perignon & Megan Fox

Playing good tennis requires a lot of heart, focus & concentration. If you're so bothered by other things, you better not play that day & use them as reasons. Dont play with bad emotion ie: anger, frustration, sadness, etc. Emotion & temperament are big subjects, you should read up some mind control advice for this. Anyway, we play tennis because we love this sport. Nobody is forcing us to play, we play this game willingly. There is no reason why we cant put our heart into it. I dont need to elaborate further on this.

Summary

To sum this up, here is what you should do:

1. Play the game stroke by stroke, not game by game or set by set. Dont think on what you want to do with this set, think of what u need to do on this stroke so that u can break down your fundamentals & go step by step in executing that stroke. Remember, a stroke must be executed with a set of process, messed up part of the process & it will turn into a bad shot. Bad Shot = Inconsistency.

2. Once u made the first bad shot, recognize the mistake & dont repeat it again. You want the inconsistency period to be short. We dont want long term inconsistency. Slowing down your game after u've made a bad shot would help.... when I say slow down, that means u should execute your upcoming strokes with more care & make sure u execute the stroke step by step with full fundamentals. Get back that stroke rhythm slowly & build back pace.

3. Put your heart, focus & concentration to your execution. Dont let anything else bother u.

4. If you're fatigue & got mind problems bothering u, dont play. Go back & rest.



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Sat Nov 28, 2009 2:04 am

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nice!

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Sat Nov 28, 2009 7:21 am

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the mighty yoda has spoken ...

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Sat Nov 28, 2009 7:45 am

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zdepth wrote:
Ok let me try ...

The key to consistency is your heart & your fundamentals. To the topic starter, u mentioned that 1 day you are good & on another day you're playing like hell. Keyword here is 'day'. Now we dont want to be inconsistent the whole 'day'. What you should do is to shorten that whole 'day' into just a few shots. We want only 'short term inconsistency' & not a whole day of inconsistency. If your inconsistency is not because of fatigue or mind problems, then I can help you:

Putting Fundamentals Into your shots

Whenever u made a bad shot, u need to look back & see what u did wrong in that shot. U cannot see & know what u did wrong in your shots if u dont have stroke fundamentals. What is stroke fundamentals? Stroke fundamentals are the blueprint & step by step basis to a stroke process. For example, we take a normal forehand groundstroke & we break the fundamentals down to a step by step process, it would become something like below:

1. Tracking of the ball from your opponent's side of the court
2. Watching & interpreting the flight path & trajectory of the ball
3. Process that in your brain & make a judgement on where it would land & how high the ball would roughly bounce
4. Once your brain has calculated on where you should move to take that shot, your physical body does the moving
5. You step in with the correct foot & taken your racquet back. Your eyes tracking the ball continuously.
6. You contact the ball in front of you at the right striking height & distance, your racquet is not closed or opened face, it's parallel to the net & your eyes is locked on the contact point
7. You pull your racquet across your body, accelerating from the point of impact, bringing your racquet along a crescent like path across your shoulder
8. You finished your stroke with your elbow pointing to the opponent's court & your non hitting hand catching your racquet's neck on the other side of your body.

Depending on where/how/who u learnt tennis from, your fundamentals might not look like the above or you could even have totally wrong fundamentals if you learned it from a bad source. So before you even go into consistency talks, u need to know whether you have the proper fundamentals or not. To do this, you need to have a very reliable & skillful coach that can put fundamentals into your strokes by not only teaching you to hit physically but he must also be able to put all his teaching onto paper. A good coach is a coach that goes the distance in letting the student understand fully & implanting written fundamentals into the student's brain.

Now why I tie fundamentals with inconsistency? Answer: U are inconsistent because u hit bad shots. Why u hit bad shots? Answer: Because u messed up part of your stroke fundamental's process. Believe me, every ball that u hit wrong, it's because u messed up some part of the steps in your stroke process... every single time. If u look at the pros, sometimes when they hit a bad shot, they would retake that shot by doing a shadow swing after that mistake. What they're doing is to repeat that stroke process again in a correct way. They're looking back at their mistake & they're understanding what they did wrong. They have fundamentals, they know what they did wrong, they're psyching themself's up so that they wont make that mistake again. U need to have proper fundamentals so that u can know what u did wrong & stop doing it the next time.

Putting your heart into the game with positive emotion/temperament

The second key to consistency is your heart, which is pretty straight forward. You dont play tennis if you're bothered with other things that day. What are 'other' things? Well... things like:

1. I haven't eaten today
2. I dont have enough sleep last night
3. My opponent is a state champ
4. I'm injured
5. My racquet is not good
6. My mom is sick at home
7. My head is thinking of a Xmas turkey, Dom Perignon & Megan Fox

Playing good tennis requires a lot of heart, focus & concentration. If you're so bothered by other things, you better not play that day & use them as reasons. Dont play with bad emotion ie: anger, frustration, sadness, etc. Emotion & temperament are big subjects, you should read up some mind control advice for this. Anyway, we play tennis because we love this sport. Nobody is forcing us to play, we play this game willingly. There is no reason why we cant put our heart into it. I dont need to elaborate further on this.

Summary

To sum this up, here is what you should do:

1. Play the game stroke by stroke, not game by game or set by set. Dont think on what you want to do with this set, think of what u need to do on this stroke so that u can break down your fundamentals & go step by step in executing that stroke. Remember, a stroke must be executed with a set of process, messed up part of the process & it will turn into a bad shot. Bad Shot = Inconsistency.

2. Once u made the first bad shot, recognize the mistake & dont repeat it again. You want the inconsistency period to be short. We dont want long term inconsistency. Slowing down your game after u've made a bad shot would help.... when I say slow down, that means u should execute your upcoming strokes with more care & make sure u execute the stroke step by step with full fundamentals. Get back that stroke rhythm slowly & build back pace.

3. Put your heart, focus & concentration to your execution. Dont let anything else bother u.

4. If you're fatigue & got mind problems bothering u, dont play. Go back & rest.



Hahahahah, if Megan Fox ada, I leave the court already lah.......if she doesn't do it for me, that nice bottle of Dom Perignon should!



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Sat Nov 28, 2009 1:53 pm

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But i guess it will come to a point that you will do all those 'positive' things subconsciously without putting in too much effort. tHEN things get easier n easier.. then u dominate :))

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Sun Nov 29, 2009 12:31 am

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TakanoTezuka wrote:
But i guess it will come to a point that you will do all those 'positive' things subconsciously without putting in too much effort. tHEN things get easier n easier.. then u dominate :))

n that comes with match practice..

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Mon Nov 30, 2009 2:50 pm

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Wah, so thats the secret to Zdepth ability to beat one of our national junior in a recent tournament. :-?

Ah, the cat is out of the bag. We all should listen to bro zdepth and master the mental side to tennis. The game of tennis isn't just the physical aspect but also the mental one. Good job. :ymapplause:



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