Do you really know who you are as a tennis player? In other words, do you have a crystal clear mission of your ideal game style, and do you stick to it in the heat of competition?
Most players have a general idea of what they want to do, but the blueprint is loose. It’s blurry. It comes and goes like the seasons… 🍁❄️🌱🌞.
In this last sneak-peak of what is under the hood of Getting Tight, Craig O’Shannessy, and Jeff Greenwald talk about getting your ideal strategy crystal clear in your mind. Because without that clarity, you are not coming close to fulfilling your potential.
In the video below, Jeff says he is only at 75% of his potential because he has not yet fully developed the strategic side of his game. That’s a really interesting comment when you consider Jeff’s outstanding playing achievements which include:
- ITF World Champion in Men’s 35’s (won in Austria on red clay)
- ITF World Champion in Men’s 45’s (won in San Diego on hard court)
- Won the US National 40’s at 52 years of age.
- No. 1 in the world in Men’s 35’s singles.
- No. 1 in the US in Men’s 35’s singles and doubles.
- Jeff has won 12 U.S. national titles.
Pretty salty resume if you ask me…
I love this quote in the video from Jeff:
“That tactical intention can help you feel more relaxed.”
The message here is that if you have your game plan clear in your mind, it’s going to help the emotional side of your game as well, and help you compete in a more relaxed manner. That’s the beating heart of what Getting Tight delivers.
Watch the short video below to clearly understand how Getting Tight is going to be a huge asset for your game, and help you reach your full potential.
Getting Tight Sneak Peek Video: What Kind Of Game Do You Want To Have?
Jeff and I expand on the key focus points in the video to provide more depth and understanding of what we talked about.
- You probably have a good idea about the shots that you want to continue improving and what currently works and doesn’t work.
- Even the best players in the world are constantly evolving their games and adding new weapons to their repertoire.
- Prioritize what needs attention and focus on that area on the practice court, or in your lessons. Give it the time it deserves to evolve from a weakness to a strength.
Despite having achieved the No. 1 ranking in the world by the ITF in the men’s 35, Jeff believes he still has a lot of improvement he can do, primarily on the tactical side.
He must integrate these new tactics into his game while still maintaining his deep focus, level of freedom and confidence in matches.
We all have room for improvement. Identify the right adjustments you need to make and blend your ideal mental state with the highest percentage patterns of play.
- This is when you will be pushed to try and execute new shot combinations, or mix in more secondary patterns.
- Just because you are winning a lot of points and even getting to Deuce in many games doesn’t mean that it is enough to get the job done.
- You are going to want to build these new shots and patterns into your game in practice to give yourself the repetition and confidence to execute them in a match under pressure.
- Players at all levels understand how difficult change can feel, especially when you’re in the middle of a match and you really want to win.
- For example, getting to the net seems simple enough of a tactic to just commit to in your next match. All you need to do is just take short balls and come into the net, right? But how much are you over-thinking when you hit that short ball? Are you still “present” for that shot or do you tend to force it?
- And once you get to the next shot, do you believe in your volley enough and commit to hitting it without “bailing out?”
- Having a clear and positive mindset helps so much to achieve your tactical goals.
When your focus goes to your tactical intention (down the middle on the return of serve and look for a forehand) you will be much more likely to achieve it.
In turn, this will help you feel more relaxed since you won’t be indecisive.
All the very best,