Game Plan

Most tournament players believe that if they play well, they should win. To beat good opponents takes more than just playing well however. You have to plan the work and work the plan. A game plan is a set of strategic guidelines to exploit your strengths and your opponent’s weaknesses. A good plan should also … More Game Plan

Obstacles to Optimal Performance: Fear of Success

According to Sigmund Freud,  some people have difficulty dealing with the happiness of fulfillment. Some athletes who readily claim they desire success subconsciously sabotage their own efforts. This may manifest as a pattern of becoming ill or injured just when they are on the brink of making major breakthroughs. Because of the enormous stress associated … More Obstacles to Optimal Performance: Fear of Success

Mental: 2nd article on the Obstacles to Optimal Performance

Tips for Handling Fear Take a look at fear and ask yourself ” What is the worst that could happen if I followed through on this fear-producing situation?” If you can live with the worst-case scenario, you can go beyond your fear. Vigorous exercise coupled with relaxation or meditation helps to put fear into perspective. … More Mental: 2nd article on the Obstacles to Optimal Performance

Strategy Third Foundation:Opponent Awareness, Busting a Strength

Most strategy involves finding an opponent’s strength and denying him a chance to use it. The one exception is when you decide to bust a strength. Some players lose confidence when you break their strength down. Boris Becker was such a player on the ATP tour. His forehand was amazing, but it fell apart as … More Strategy Third Foundation:Opponent Awareness, Busting a Strength