How would you like a formula for tremendous success in tennis?
Okay, I'm going to give it to you... are you sitting down? Here
it is: "Do the SIMPLE right, then do the SIMPLE better, then
SIMPLY be the best at doing the SIMPLE. The Pros do the SIMPLE
so well, you think it's complicated!" This is a powerful concept
and usually takes years for players to completely understand!
I challenge you to adopt it NOW! Winning is not about fantastic
shots or hitting winners all over the place! Winning is about
keeping it simple and letting the fantastic or spectacular be a
natural result. Do not make the fantastic, spectacular, or
winning shots your first priority. I call this playing with the
"hit winners mindset."
Play instead with a "consistent mindset" since consistency builds
momentum. I've watched players for years try to reach another
level by hitting the ball harder or hitting more winners! Players
suppose this is a winning formula. This couldn't be further from
the truth and is a pitfall for many advancing players. Think about
it. When a player breaks into the Pro status he or she thinks to
play at this level they have to consistently make great shots! It
never dawns on them that the difference is simple, but subtle.
Instead of hitting 8 out of 10 deep approach shots the next level
makes 9 out of 10. Instead of hitting a serve a million miles an
hour the next level thinks in terms of hitting a higher percentage
of serves in the court. Instead of hitting 30 unforced errors, the
next level only hits 28. Instead of making decisions based on the
fantastic, the best in the world make their decisions based on
percentages. The fantastic becomes a result of this type of
thinking, but is never a cause of winning!
Now, if the best are thinking this way, what in the world are you
doing with the emphasis on the fantastic?! This is a mindset you
must change to reach higher levels. Increase the percentages of
the simple shots you have, don't try to increase the spectacular
for that one moment of magnificence....Sounds SIMPLE, doesn't it?
...wrong! This concept eludes most players! "Do the SIMPLE right,
then do the SIMPLE better, then SIMPLY be the best at doing the
SIMPLE. The Pros do the simple so well, you think it's
complicated!"... But, it's not!