These videos have been so helpful. Yesterday I played a match in the present so much that when we won the match I didn’t even know it! I knew the score of the game we were in but because I wasn’t focussing on the win, I played so much better. I used your positive self talk suggestions (we were down 0-3 in the second set) and we were able to fight back and win in 2 sets. It was so much more fun! thank you for your generosity of providing this for free!
Awesome Kathy, I am glad the videos have been helpful.
Thanks Jorge, what are the symptoms of having low arousal or too much arousal? Are they the same? If I get really nervous I don’t move my feet, my body is right and I feel unconfident. Am I over or under aroused?
I think they are different. Lower arousal usually means the player is moving slowly between points, appears nervous, has no fist pumps, and a seeming lack of energy.
High arousal is usually indicated by impatience, anger, and frustration… it can vary for sure, but that is what I typically see is the difference between the two.
Thank you, your wife and daughter for all the mental and physical training in the last four series, and all the extras along the way. I really like your style of coaching, very informative and solid. T. Misday
Thanks Tom, I’m glad you liked it.
Thank you for these series of video. Explain in a very simple and practical language.
Hope to see more of these in the future !!
God bless you and your family !!
This was helpful knowledge.
Thank you Jorge. The most intelligent discussion on the tennis mind that I have come across.
I am totally impressed with this video series and the Capestany family! Great advice and very well thought out lessons and demonstrations. Love the chalk board talks and then directly to the courts to see it in action. Thank-you Jorge for offering this up! It is very helpful for this 61 year old trying to raise the level of his game.
You’re welcome Stephen… thanks for the kinds words.
May many blessings return to you and your family for giving this series for free. It was so helpful as I try to improve even though I am older now. I can use these skills and techniques to help my 14 and 12 year old boys develop.
Thanks so much!!
It’s really so nice to see u, ur lovely wife n daughter working hard for all of us by making these vital videos… great work…
i have a question, I would be very thankful if u could reply on it. Whenever I play any match in s tournament, I feel as if everything is going in ‘fast forward’ mode, and not under my control … and due to this, before I could execute my thoughts, shots and game plan, the match gets completed and I lose… how to cope up with this sort of a situation?
Thanks and regards
Rakesh Sharma, India
Hi Rakesh, Thanks for the night words about my family. What you are describing is actually something that is VERY common with players. It’s so common that I developed a four-part FREE mental toughness course that you can access at the link below. I highly recommend you check it out.
I feel all the series on mental toughness has been defined & detailed properly & it will help my daughter who is playing professional tennis for the last one year will defintely help her.
Thanks for such knowledgeable series.
I trust many more such series will come on different areas of tennis.
Thanks Tarun and good luck to your daughter on the tour!
Jorge, Marti, and Carli,
It was an interesting set of videos on mental toughness. Also your ebook summaries your lessons well. Yes, mental toughness can be a very strong key toward building better character on the tennis court, not to mention maybe win a few more matches (where you are slightly overmatched). It should help a bit more on those very even , competitive matches. Hmm, lets see what happens when the other player is equally determined and mentally tough!
Are you deploying “mental imagry” in your mental toughness lessons, too? A couple of “All America” players in basketball and then tennis .
I dont use that phrase but basically yes. It works well for our players.
Hi Mr. Jorge,
That was an awesome series on mental toughness.
Thanks a lot.
Thank you so much, Jorge. I’m not playing these days due to a knee injury, but I’m definitelly planning to put some of your great hints in practise the moment I’ll re-start competing (which I hope it’ll happen soon).
Thanks for the series, I very much enjoyed it. You have a knack for presenting information very smoothly. Thanks also for giving this away for free.
I learned that there’s much more time between points than the actual time spent hitting the ball. This helps me not to underestimate the mental aspect of tennis.
Thank you very much, I will follow your site/YouTube channel closely.
Some great food for thought that I have already started implementing on the court. Thanks Jorge !
This is a great and valuable tool for me. I play 65 & O league. I have taken my share of private lessons.I usually play better at practice but often not in match plays. I believe the drills in the course should help me to improve. Many thanks Jorge.
Awesome series.I am going to put these to good use . Look forward to more. Thanks Rob
Intensity and Tensity, Psycho up and Psycho down, I got it.
Thank you Jorge
I found the whole series very helpful and fascinating and thank you for it! There are so many videos out there about the technique, but very few people talk about the mental aspect of the game.
I especially like the various techniques you described to take the mental focus off of the scoreboard, especially in between the points for me.
I also found the awareness of the energy zone one very helpful. I think it will help me recognize my mental state during the match and use the appropriate keywords/actions.
Much much appreciated!
Thanks for the awesome feedback Daman. I am glad you enjoyed the entire 4 part mental toughness series.
Thank you very much for your help and sharing. I liked the split-bounce-hit drill it really gives a nice rhythm and forces you to focus in one strike at a time and keep it connected with the next one.I used it on a practice lesson to my girlfriend and helped her a lot it also helped me very much. Should I and she use it during a match especially when we lose focus and get frustrated to find the rhythm again or it will distract us from the game and tactics? Cause they say don’t think about technic during matches, although this is not about technic. Anyway I will be happy to have your answer.
Hi John, YES I have used it in a match setting and so have my students and it works well.
Thanks a lot Jorge!
Keep it up!
Loved the videos and tips. Especially the tip when you want to perform you must also embrace the pressure as an old friend. Question :
How do you combine the personal promise with the aspect of closing matches ? And do you use the personal promise only for technical aspects or also for psychological aspects (for example choking) ?
Hi Marco, the personal promise does not have to be only technical in nature. I can be something hat helps with strategy or mental skills as well. For instance, if a player as a hard time closing out sets, they can make a personal promise to use certain rituals between points. The 16 second cure which was developed by Dr Jim Loehr would be an example. This helps them stay focused on doing the rituals and not on the score which is what typically gives players trouble with closing out sets.
Great videos, the real point play to show examples are really helpful and differ from other online coaching in a positive way…
The videos were so helpful. Thank you so much!
Adding a plan to help you achieve your goals makes so much sense. Thank you for that gem!
So helpful, so informative and so thoughtful of you to offer to the world! thank you!
Great stuff! But I still struggle with a partner who says you have to cover the short balls I can’t get, and the long balls I can’t get, but you better not hit a ball I can get. I feel judged in perfect hindsight and frequently think too much during a point, i.e. what would my partner do? I try to make it a learning experience, how to play with partner pressure. Partners are chosen randomly, and I’d rather not decline playing with him, but it does effect my game. In the mean time I will continue to hit the reset button. Thanks
Hi Rick, I think what you are saying is actually a pretty common thing. I have a video that you can ACTH that might help – https://youtu.be/lbJJgOGn3A8
I watched all the videos in this course and I am currently in a tournament. Yesterday, I had the absolute worst match of my life to someone who was a lot younger than me and it seemed that everything I picked up from this went away when I started playing. I am still in the tournament, and I am trying my hardest to forget about the loss. Any other tips?
You need to view the next match as an opportunity to play and learn again. Remember that Federer claims he forgets his losses in just 25 minutes. Don’y let any negativity or doubt rent out any space in your next match.
Nice blog! Is your theme custom made or did you
download it from somewhere? A design like yours with a few simple tweeks would really
make my blog jump out. Please let me know where you got your theme.
Thank you so much for this series! The entire series was extremely useful information to me, but I loved the story of the Good/Bad wolf and your tennis instructor calling you out on feeding your bad wolf. I’ve shared this story with several tennis sisters that struggle with feeding their GOOD wolf…. their good wolf was starting to look anorexic until we started throwing some steak its way!
I’ve started using the yellow light, green light drills in my warm ups and find myself thinking about color during my matches…..and realized that I didn’t know what was going on on the other courts because I was intent on fixing my strings and constructing my next point between points.
This series was a blessing to my game. I’m finding it very enjoyable to be on the court win or lose the match…..I find my measurement of success has changed!
Thank you again George!
Thanks Mandy, and good luck on the courts!
All four mental toughness videos have been enlightening. I really liked the triggers concept, especially
focusing on getting to choke one point. The systems vs. goals was good to look at the long term
improvement vs. short term. It was a different perspective to look at goals as a possibly being a negative.
Thanks so much for all the effort and energy put into the e book, too.
Coaching team doubles leagues here in Atlanta, mental toughness comes into play for their matches. They tend to
make one error, then two, then lose the game. Helping them reset their mind when you choke, it’s
only one point. This has been helpful changing their negative mindset in the match along with the
trigger words. Helping them see it is only one point has opened the possibilities now they can have multiple
chances to win games. Thanks for this new perspective.
Great info Jorge! One thing I’d add for training yourself to focus on the NOW is to focus intently on the spinning of the ball all the way onto your strings. This little trigger, when combined with slow deep breathing between points, really works for me in removing in point distraction.
The spilt – bounce – hit is good but can be too distracting especially in a fast paced point. Simply watching the spin of the ball and following it onto your racket works wonders for me. Keep up the great tutorials!
I realize the stuff you coach apply not just for tennis but also to life. They took me to the next level. Thank you, Sir!
You are welcome
rosehill,rue des arbres
Great video,re mental toughness and some great ideas. Would like to see any info you have on teaching children of good level,how to stay focussed in training and match preparation. ie Prepare and act like a pro in practise and in matches?? I am sure part of the answer is creating the environment and culture? Thanks again and hope you will continue a series on key points of the game ie How to play the big points? Early stages of a match? exploiting opponents strengths/weakness ? Playing to court surface/and conditions? Please also let me,know how i can purchase your book on strategy,as live in England and not available, Thanks
Wow, this series was amazing ! I want to thank both you and your family for taking the time to put this together ! It has been very helpful to myself and I also forwarded the ” Metal toughness with your Doubles Partner” to my coach so that it can help our team work better together.
All the best
Thanks Jorge for putting together this series of videos on the mental game. I have already used some of the tips in the previous videos with some of my students
Thanks George! Your videos are very helpful. Wish me luck on my turny!
The videos were great both content and presentation. The system vs goals segment was worth the time on it’s own. Thanks for your time and effort.
Good one, Jorge. I liked the triggers concept!!
Well done. Thank you very much.
I thoroughly enjoyed all four videos and I appreciate your time, effort, and dedication to the sport! Good luck!
Thank you Jorge – the series is fabulous. I made lots of notes while watching. Looking forward to being a mentally tougher player : )
I love the whole concept! I really like the systems vrs goal! I like goal, but like you said, they can become negative. I will incorporate all that I have learned, both for myself, and my players. Thanks again!
Once again…Thank you for your generosity in sharing your Mental toughness tips. All 4 videos are extremely helpful for me and now I will pay it forward and relaying your message about MENTAL TOUGHNESS to teammates & students. We all need SELF 2 to take over and just let it flow and CARE LESS, not CARELESS;)
All the best….Mercedes
Thanks Mercedes. I ma glad the videos were helpful
As a high school coach, I find mental toughness the hardest thing to teach. I know kids and adults both want to calm their inner selves, but don’t quite know how to and sometimes not receptive to the good advice in helping them deal with stress. Telling them what to do is one thing, but creating these pressure moments and guiding them through them is what I observed you do well. I thoroughly enjoyed the way you discussed and illustrated each video. I can take these ideas back to my school and implement them in a real practical setting. I view this as a growth moment and I am looking forward to your next session to build upon the system of becoming a better player and coach.
Thanks so much!
Thanks Burnett. I have been trying to be a better coach in this area for nearly 30 years. At the end of the day, it is not about strokes, it is about how you compete.
Yesterday my daughter lost a tough three-setter that came down to a tie-breaker. I thought her opponent was overly deliberate. It was borderline stalling. After the final point the opponent let out a yell, “Let’s Go!” and then started smacking the net in jubilation. Obviously out of character for the way she actually played the match. Do you think her “stalling” was her own way of getting out of the hyper area into that optimal area?
Very possible. But unfortunately, there are many players that have succeeded in using gamesmanship. It is hard to know for sure if the opponent was using gamesmanship, but it is very possible she was AND that this was her way of escaping the pressure of trying to control an uncotrollable out come (the win or loss)
All four videos were great. I will bring the knowledge you gave me to the court.
Well done. I am also a PTR & USPTA coach and value your work very much. Thanks for taking the time to produce
that series on mental toughness. Great success.
The best – use everyday –
Excellent course Jorge! Loved it!
Thanks Jorge. All videos are very educationals for every level of the game and also for the coaches.Thanks again for all the efforts to to bring this videos to public. Hari
Thanks Jorge. We met at the W&S in Cincinnati this year and I’m so glad to connect with your “virtual” self. We have a group of senior ladies playing USTA league for the first time from Madison NC. They are so naturally tough that I recognize a lot of your suggestions from the course in their on the court behavior. But we do have challenges during match play- especially about inner voice and quieting the mind. I’ve shared your course with them so we can have a shared knowledge base.
I really hope the GCTA in Columbus, OH will contact you about hosting an adult clinic event for our USTA league players there. – Mental Toughness would be a great topic We all want to improve our mental toughness – regardless of age!
Madison, NC and Columbus OH
Great course. I learned a lot and will definitely work on some of your concepts.
Thanks Tim… Good luck to you
I’ve lost so many matches either by psyching myself out, or gettting to tight and under hitting balls, These videos have been great and I’ll be going back over them to try to get the concepts down to a functional level
Thank you to you and your team for producing this excellent series of videos, and for the free ebook. You ooze real knowledge and understanding of the game, and your relaxed presentational style is very refreshing. Apart from the above, I have also found a great deal of useful material on your web site.
Thank you again for all that you have given so freely.
Thanks John.. It has been a blast to hear from so many people how the videos have been helping their games.
great four videos along with the e book …..my experience with a girls high school team finds that those triggers sometimes can be perceived as un sportsmanslike or they think their opponent is not nice by verbally or physically doing those things..is that more their problem for not recognizing the opponents competitiveness.
I think the key it to not be staring at your opponent when you pump yourself up. If yo notice how Rafa Nadal does itm he is often turned away from his opponent. There are however, many jerks that will do it in your face.
In the videos you have a living proof of what you do is right ;-). I watched all videos, even though, I have not tested in the court, I believe they are quite useful
Great course. Thank you so much for doing this. Very informative and practical. I am an Academic Life Coach and work with students as well as Coach High school tennis. We use the principle of systems vs. goals. Love what you are doing.
thanks so much.q:how should i deal with a partner who lies on line calls?
I would talk to them privately and after that if nothing changes, refuse to play with them any longer. It may seem harsh to do, but the alternative is simply wrong. Sometimes you need to do the right thing and that may often be the difficult thing to do. That is why we always say that tennis teaches life-lessons.
In this video, I liked the verbal and physical trigger concept to bring players to proper arousal/intensity.
Good series, Jorge!
I watched all four videos and found them very interesting and helpful. I will share with the ladies at the club. Thank you for taking the time to do these!
Thank you Jorge for making these. I viewed them all and value the time you spent making them. Much thanks, Jane
NO problem Jane
Thanks again for sharing. Your thoughts on a goal without a system was a real “duh” moment.
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