Three bedrooms vs. one living room.
In one room of the house lives all the emotions that you feel in a tennis match. There are good feelings, but there are also nerves, frustration, anger, and disappointment. Putting all of these elements in isolation – alone in one room – is not a good idea.
In another room in the house is your “self-talk”. What are the conversations going on inside your mind? Are you focused in the present, or are you thinking about something from the past or possibly the future that will sabotage your chances of winning the match? Are you your own best friend or worst enemy?
In a third room in the house lives your strategic game. It’s what tactical thoughts occupy your mind in the 25 seconds between points, and also what tactical decisions you make during the point. This is where your opponent awareness kicks in and how you figure out the right way to break your opponent down. But all of these thoughts, alone in a room, can make the wolves howl in your mind.
The sport of tennis has historically taught all three areas separately. It’s like you go into one room and work on improving it, but the other two rooms have no idea what’s going on.
Wouldn’t it be better if we opened the doors to all three rooms and let the mental, emotional and strategic all come and take a seat in the living room of the house and get to know each other better? Wouldn’t improvement come quicker if you allowed them to communicate and help each other out?
Of course it would and that’s the driving force of Getting Tight, which expertly blends these areas together in a robust video course that is joined together by a real-life competitive match.
Bryan Richter, the director of the Pure Pace Tennis Academy in Ladera, California, went through this brand new course and had these comments about how Getting Tight will influence the teaching philosophy at his academy moving forward.
I really like Bryan’s emphasis on the strong bond between playing great tactically and having a positive mental state as well. Those two can’t exist in isolation, so let’s bring them into the living room of the house and get them communicating!
Here are more of Bryan’s comments…
I love this!
Being strong tactically can take away nerves. It can eliminate anger. It gives you something concrete to focus on. A clear strategic goal can be the best friend of a clear mental state.
Thank you, Brian, for your insightful comments.