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Avoid The Biggest Mistake You Can Make In Choosing A Tennis Partner
Do you want to play better tennis? Then choosing the right tennis opponent could be the most important decision you make...
Winning tennis means playing better! This requires you to play with a multitude of different players.
If you continue to play with the same opponent over and over you'll anticipate exactly where and when the ball falls. By playing with different opponents you'll encounter different strokes, new tactics, and varying strategies.
It is even better to play as much as possible against those who can beat you at the game. This will give you good experience and help you learn new techniques.
Your ego may be telling you to play with those you can "beat the pants off", but it does nothing to enhance your game of tennis.
When your opponent is a person with a lower skill level than yourself you are forced to play an inferior game in that you don't practice your most needed strokes, but only what is necessary to win the game.
The only way to improve on your game when playing with a less skilled player than yourself is for you to remember to practice on your weakest strokes. Such as, if you are weak at the backhand, then try your best to get your adversary to put the ball as needed for you on the court, so as to practice your backhand stroke.
I recommend that you learn to play tennis with as many different people as you can, and to play league and tournament matches as well. The greatest of all players will strive under pressure and play their best when competition is tough.
Tips To Becoming A Better "Winning Tennis" Player
My #1 Rule:
Practice makes perfect.
Determine Your Tennis Goals
Will you play for fun, play for keeps, or go pro? The answer to this question will determine the mental toughness level that you'll need to strive for.
Start Compiling a List of your Tennis Goals
You should write down on paper all your tennis goals. Start with at least 5 mental goals in areas you want to improve on.
Create a Tennis Journal
Carry a notepad or notebook in your tennis bag so that you can write down any strengths or weaknesses about your game. Was the strength of your volleys lacking? Did you hit all your backhands late? Analyze what winning tennis strategies worked and document them for future reference. This will help you learn from your mistakes and build on your successes.
Good luck on the court!
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