Saturday, October 21, 2006

Welcome to my world of Tennis Speed

Hello everyone! Welcome to my blog.

The focus of my blog is exactly as written in the title... The conversation here will focus on how speed impacts the sport of tennis.

We'll cover anything and everything that has to do with speed in tennis: how to think faster, how to react faster, how to move faster, how to swing faster, techniques that maximize control over your speed, how to maintain your speed over the course of a long match, tactics to take maximum advantage of your speed, among many other speed-related topics.

In this "New Power Age" (thanks, Mr. Bodo), speed is the essence of the game. Thinking fast, moving fast and swinging fast are fundamental to being a successful competitor at the highest levels of tennis today.

The increase in the overall athleticism of the players combined with improvements in tennis training philosophies and methods have made speed, in its three primary forms, the fundamental basis of your potential to compete successfully at the pro level.

If you hope to become a world champion in tennis, you must maximize these three core components of tennis speed (and yes, these are listed in their order of importance):




Without maximizing these three core speed components, you will not be able to fully realize your true performance potential in tennis.

Wait a minute... Mind speed? What does that have to do with being a successful tennis player?

Having a quick, agile, and focused mind is the starting point of being a high-performance competitor...

Your brain is the "master and commander" of your fantastic human body machine. Your body does not move on its own! The body moves only under the direction of the mind, so if your mind is too slow to process what's happening when you're playing a competitive tennis point, you're already behind that proverbial 8-ball...

A fast mind is a mind that is clear of any and all distractions and is only focused what's going on right now, in the present. A fast mind pays attention only to what's going to help you perform at your highest level right then and there. A "fast mind" in tennis is the product of mental discipline (the term I prefer) or "mental toughness" as it is commonly known.

A fast mind pays little or no attention to anything that distracts it from the task at hand (that's the definition of "being focused", right?), because these distractions (winning and losing, girl/boyfriend issues, parent issues, wondering about where to eat later, which bar to visit later, etc.) are what turns a fast mind into a slow one.

A slow, distracted, and undisciplined mind slows down the legs and racket, so it's really a triple whammy... With a slow mind, you can't produce the physical consistency to string together enough points to win a tennis match. No wonder players who lack mental discipline play poorly and don't achieve the results they're really capable of.

So, if mind speed is so crucial, can having a fast mind overcome shortcomings in the other two core speed components, leg speed and racket speed? The answer is no, if you want to be a successful touring pro. All three components need to be maximized to be successful at the tour level.

Put it to you this way, if you can't get to the ball, you can't hit it. And because every touring pro today can move and swing faster than ever, when you get to the ball, you need to give the ball a massive hit or you'll forever be at the mercy of your opponent.

And the only way to hit the ball massively under full control is to have optimal technique, and if you want to move quickly and hit massively with total control over the course of a long match, you need to maximize your fitness, and, and, and...

As you can see, we will have a lot to talk about when it comes to the subject of "tennis speed"...

The bottom line is, if you want to get anywhere in tennis today, you need to maximize speed in its three main forms: mind speed, leg speed and racket speed.

So, if you are interested in maximizing your tennis speed and becoming the best player you can be, you have come to the right place!

See you next time!

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At 10:30 AM, Blogger Arnab said...

Like your article. Mind control is absolutely vital. Looking fwd to articles that can assist in improving the 3 areas you mentioned.


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