I have a couple of questions. Is the personal promise something you do well or something you are trying to improve and secondly, as a high school tennis coach, would it be beneficial or stressful for the player for me to ask their personal promise before the match and remind them of it during the match when things are not going well?
I think the personal promise is a never ending process of improvement. You’ll get better and better at it as you practic… ultimately, you might have several different personal promises as you improve. As far as a high school coaching and reminding them during a match, I’ve done itvsuccessfully while coaching college and I think it’s been helpful. It actually reduces stress because they have something to focus on that is 100% within their control. Of course, I always praising them for accomplishing the personal promise and nit as concerned with actual wins and losses.
Thank you for the great insights. For me the personal promise tip is the one that is the most helpful. I have been having difficultly with my second serves. I can get them in most of the time if I dink them, but even then sometimes I miss by pushing the ball into the net. My problem is I have a difficult time emotionally when I dink the second serve. I fell like I am giving up. Internally I really want to hit the ball harder and I struggle with this. I know getting better at hitting a strong second serve with help me in the long run and using the personal promise will help offset the mental letdown the times when the serve does not work.
Awesome, I’m glad you found it helpful
Like the Stress level very eye opening and reality
Thanks so much, Jorge! I found this video incredibly helpful. I’m a high 3.0 player wanting to make it to 3.5 and keep climbing. I just started taking lessons and have found that when I play matches now I’m really battling with using the old tricks that have helped me win in the past versus practicing the new technique I’m working on, which may result in less wins for now. I love the idea of a personal performance oriented goal. I have tended to lean towards outcome based goals in the past – I’m really excited to give myself the gift of the personal promise and just keep improving point by point. Really appreciate this video – thanks again!
Glad you liked it
Jorge – I thoroughly enjoyed the Fear of Losing video and many of your tips resonated with my own game. I’m not very confident on the court even though people say I have the shots. Going to try the ‘personal promise’ tip on my topspin backhand to help me build confidence – I tend to fall back on slice backhand during match. Can’t wait to receive the next video!! Thanks, Coach!
Awesome.. good luck on the court!
Very helpful. Love Jorge’s humility. Tennis is not life. But I love it so much it feels that way to me at times. I feel as if it’s a test of my worthiness which is really over investing. I want to learn to put things in their proper perspective while competing. I can get worked up over a clinic!
But I’m ready for change and have had some breakthroughs in the last year. Look forward to more videos!
Great… Hope it really helps you on the court. It’s worked wonders for any of my students.
Many thanks for the video. Intuitively I’ve done the personal promise and I agree entirely with giving a value of 3 to losing matches but can’t deliver it. My thing is that I lost concentration easily and after a couple of mistakes I start to melt down and can’t think clearly to the point of chocking. My mind goes blank, I kill myself on court and the match is over before I realized!
How can I perform as I train? How can I stay calm and recognize the answer to every “problem” my opponent is challenging me? Sometimes, I recognize his weakness but I can’t attack it. Sometimes I just don’t know what I am doing wrong but the score is not helping me…
I’ll go to the court soon again eager to keep my personal promise all along the match…
What you are describing in very common among players at all level. I relaly think the best advice I can give you is to keep putting yourself into competitive situations. There is nothing better than just having tons of match play experience and many of the problems take care of them selves, but it takes time.
For me and my tennis game, I know I can find immediate use for the Personal Promise concept and use of the Richter Scale for perspective. I’m very excited to incorporate this into coaching high school girls. I’d love to use this exercise on a chalk talk day and help them gain a healthy perspective, especially wherein it helps manage the ambitious expectations of their parents. Thank you for this learning experience!
Good luck with your team coach Alexa
Richter scale! Just thinking about perspective is a huge eye-opener! I can’t believe how much stress I put on myself to win and how miserable I am when I lose… But for goodness sake I’m a club player and the concept of the Richter scale really does help remind me of the big picture. It’s so simple I almost feel foolish for not thinking about it along those terms. But the fear of losing has taken the joy out of playing tennis which I have loved for most of my life.Thanks Coach.
Great information of using Richter Scale, will use in the future after matches Thanks Jorge you MAKE A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE FOR ALL US OLD COGERS.
Great technique, Personal Promise, or what I tell myself, focus on the process, not the outcome. But must admit, sometimes it’s easy to forget.
Thank you for this session, it will be helpful to kids that I coach, specially the ones that are completely upset on the court when the opponent is cheating by calling the wrong scores or line calls.Mostly I recalled telling them to play like they do not have anything to lose anymore by playing all the shots like their lives depend on it by finishing their strokes, don’t hold back by being conservative or pushing the ball fear of losing.
Glad you found it useful
can we get some video about improving focus annd watching the ball please.
I’ll make some soon
Genius! Can’t iait to try Personal Promise.
Awesome… it really does work quite well
This was really helpful, and I love the focus on the mental game in lesson 1! Great perspective and I love your teaching and speaking style. Looking forward to lesson 2.
Thanks Steve, I hope it helps you on the court.
Completely love the idea of the personal promise. I have seen it a few of your videos, and I think the personal promises can go hand-in-hand with the “what’s important now concept”. Perhaps I look at what’s important now to keep myself present in the match, and a personal promise as a performance based gauge.
Rationality off court is one thing, but on court… emotions may well get the upper hand.
It is then sometimes, “yes I know, BUT…”
Question is, how to move back from emotion to rationality, and thus calmness?
Over a period of time, one learns and unlearns skills.
Now the personal promise lies in applying a particular techniques at the appropriate instance and moreover with the right opponent.
This requires apt feedback, reflection and ability to adapt.
A lot of times, the learning and unlearning is inconsistent …
But pp works once you understand the game play and know the game deeply enough to correct technical weakness and adapt rapidly.
Liked the last comment above on focussing on the ball flight and attention to the stroke curves.
I’ll implement next time I’m on the court.
I’m assuming the Personal Promise should only focus on one specific area.
Of course this area may change each time we hit the court.
And I really like the stress scale…let’s put everything into proper perspective.
Like moist players I fit into your third category…My results do not equal my strokes.
Too often I wonder why my strokes in practice do not translate into my strokes in matches.
And I know, it all comes down to mental.
So, mental is an area that I’m constantly working on.
Looking forward to the remaining videos.
This was a great video. We’ve found some other resources that address mental toughness but the idea of a “personal promise” is a new concept for us. I really like that as a way to measure yourself no matter what the outcome of the game.
We watched this with our 13 year old son who is relatively new to tennis. The only tournament he’s played in was more advanced than he was ready for (lots of reasons for why he played in this). I think the idea of a personal promise is exciting to him so that in situations such as what he experienced, he can still have some areas in which to feel confident and work hard towards.
Thank you for this!
No problem Dawn. Good luck to your son.
For every first serves I make, I say to myself : (inner voice) don’t think. It must have something to do with meditation. I don’t wanna think too much because, I don’t know, I believe it makes my serves extraordinary, from time to time, but mostly, it clears the stress out.
Thanks for the vids!
Hi Jorge – It was great to watch. Whilst watching one gets inspired for you make it “easy” and simple (anyone can do this…). Your ideas are clear and easy to understand and now it is in our hands to go and apply and live them! Look forward to the next video…
Thanks for sharing Coach!
Am hoping to use your knowledge to improve my game and my teaching skills.
All the best,
Thanks Jorge! Great concepts!
Fantastic information, thank you very much
I really enjoyed this video, thanks a lot for the tips! I fell in love with tennis around 5 years ago and started playing 2.5 years ago, when I was 14. Yes, that is a bit late and I cannot get that idea out of my mind.
I started playing tennis for fun but I started to get really into it. After 2 years of normal classes, where I would play just for fun while learning the basics, I decided that I deserved to move to competition. It is way tougher and the people around me have been playing tennis for so many years… I sometimes feel intimidated and not at all confident.
About my game.. well, I still have to improve many many things and I am fully aware of that. Maybe too much. I say this because everytime I do something wrong I get extremely mad at myself. All that anger accumulates and many times I end the practice in a really bad mood. That is an awful feeling because it’s not letting me become confident or happy whatsoever.
That is why I signed up to receive your videos. Mental toughness is what I really need to start playing better, getting more confident, less afraid and happier whilst playing tennis.
Thanks for sharing Alex… The mental toughness video series should be really helpful.
I’m going to apply the personal promise to my next match. A lot of us have told ourselves ,”it’s 0-0 when we’re actually down.. now I can try to actually focus on something to relieve the score board stress…
Great to hear the way you re-focus on things we can control – personal promise ! Most of us know how to hit a half-way decent stroke, have reasonable footwork, but get back to conservative shots or double fault( i owe mine to not swinging hard on second serves) because of our fear of loosing. Another aspect / driver of the richter scale of stress is one’s personality type –some people just like winning, they take losses very hard.
If you stick to prrsonal promise you may not worry about Richter scale of stress. It will organise the butterflies before and during match
Very Well researched and explained. My daughter play tennis and during training she plays such a nice shots but when come to a match she losses even to a player who is hardly 50% of her capacity. I think if she may stick to one promise to herself (even if loosing) then outcome of the game may also change. I am going to apply this technique for sure and will report to you results. Thanks for sharing!!!!
I like the idea of working on one technique of the game even if I lose a point.
Hi Jorge, very nice video, the promise is something I’ve been practicing unconsciously – I have noticed which patterns that my opponent execute that make me tighten up and hit the ball short and my promise is to try and hit the ball deep when on the run, no matter what., In a match I start hitting the ball shorter and shorter in that situation. Have you any suggestions on how work at this? It is kind of hard since you need to move well and hit well on the run – and I often rush my strokes which doesn”t help ! I will usually throw in a slice (FH or BH) at some point, I guess because I’m “afraid” , so it’s not just about having the fitness and the strokes, I have reasonably enough of both.
Thank you also for the participation of your family , I particularly appreciated watching the women play, I am a woman and love to watch the guys, however as a player I find I need to understand the women’s game more. I’m a 4.5 and a coach. Best to your team. Bel
Hi bel… You stated that you want to “hit the ball deep” but that is an OUTCOME goal.. It is better to make a promise to yourself that you will “swing away” on every shot. That way, even if your shot does not land deep, you are accomplishing your goal. BTW.. if you “swing away” it is more likely that the ball WILL land deep.
The Ritcher scale is very interesting. For me, a couple of things that can be put up there is: #1 Wet courts due to rain. #2 Could not play for a long time due to injury. Come to think about it. Losing a match is not as bad as those 🙂
Thanks Jorge for this important lesson.
Learned a lot!
Will apply during practice and matches!
Love the idea of a personal commitment. I was just discussing with my coach last night if I should change to a double-handed forehand as I was not hitting my one-hander right. He made a few tweaks, we hit a few balls, and I decided to stick with it for now. It will be my personal commitment to just hit the ball with my backhand and not chicken out with a slice. We’ll see how it goes when I next hit the court.
Amazing suggestions to get away with low confidence. ‘The personal promise’ technique worked nice. I used to hit heavy forehands during practice but during matches, the speed drops down. I made a personal promise to hit powerful forehands irrespective of the result with little focus on the scoreboard. To my surprise, I hit good forehands and scoreboard was way better 🙂 Hope to learn a lot from your course.
As a seasoned player of many years and many, many matches, I do find that one can lose confidence in a stroke, such as in one’s forehand. This usually occurs after a long layoff. It takes a few weeks to a month to regain the stroke. But in the meantime, I am tentative with the stroke. I am afraid of hitting it out. Because I don’t have feel of the stroke yet. And at the same time, I am losing matches to weaker players. I think the idea of the “personal promise” is a good concept. It would ease the tension of trying to win and to regain one’s touch.
I think a bit more time on mental toughness in matches under certain conditions might be good, too.
Thanks Glenn.. the personal promise has been a huge help to my players.
In one of his interviews Roger Federer said- the key difference between him winning and his opponent losing is that he is more focused towards winning while his opponent is more focused on not losing. There is a difference in the thought process between the two. Also, a research, I am not sure who did it, shows that the minuscule difference between a good player and great player is, how quickly one can forget the previous lost point. BTW, I dont play tennis, but I love the game.. a RF fan here.
I will take this lesson to my area of expertise i.e. trading in stocks. It will play out well there as well.
Really appreciate your effort on preparing these videos, and selflessness to share them free..
Take care, and good luck!
Thanks for sharing your wisdom coach
I started recently coaching some juniors and it will really help me to train their mental toughness and also my own..because it is one of the weaknesses that a player should overcome in order to win matches….
Have a good day….
Looking forward for the video 2…..
As a current wheelchair player and now a coach i found you smashed a raw nerve in terms of thought process. I have used the scale with different but similiar topics and they work big time. Looking forward to learning more on next video.
both the points were nice .. self promise and the scale .. promis keeps u aware , and scale keeps u away frm giving xtra amount of energy or thoughts 🙂 thanks fr sharing ..
Thanks for sharing your experiences and tips.
Certainly your perspective given is helpful for the players to overcome fear of loosing.
Look forward to your next video
As a parent of the 11 years old tennis player and competitioner i just can say that your opinion of the mental strength is 100% procent true, and all opservations and diagnostics mentioned on this video is apsolutly real portet of the most players. Thank you for this great video definitly we will tray implemente your tehnics and value of this video.
I love the perspective of being at IPS in the game, the personal promise is very helpful avoiding the stress staring the scorecard. Nothing to lose!
Nicely said and put, helpful and very true. My question though regards the starting age of a kid at which you are going to talk about mental toughness. I have examples of juniors (9-10 yrs) that started competing against other kids of their age and I know these kids they are going to play competitive tennis until 16-17 yrs old. Do you think that mental hardness should come into their practice before puberty? Is mental toughness teached as a skill at certain procedures or is it something that should be left on coache’s judge?
Thanks very much. Helpful information, and unique as well. Smoothly presented. Much appreciated.
Personally, I wouldn’t put losing at tennis even above losing my keys, but it’s true, you wouldn’t know by the way I can get frustrated on the courts. What I would like to know, is there a trick that could help me snap out of it, once I’m getting started spiraling? Each time before a match I tell myself “Act as if it’s a training match,” but almost every time, I get to a tipping point, and then I start railing again. I really want to stop this habit, because it annoys me when others do it. Thanks again.
Nicely modeled definitely help us to become a better player….thank you
Richter scale of stress is a very important point. There is really nothing to lose as an amateur player ( maybe only the fun on the game, if you are over stressed). Put things into perspective, enjoy the match and give it all.
Really helpful information
Looking forward for the next videos
Salutation! Mental toughness is the hardest part when in comes to playing tennis. Like you said you can have all the skills you need to achieve what you want but more often we struggle on the positive part of playing the game. I really appreciate what you’re doin’ & taking the time to encourage us to development that kind of attitude. More Power to you!
Loved the video. Your presentation skills are remarkable, and I am really looking forward to the next one. I am of course, among the guys with mental toughness issues…Funny thing is I have never lost in a final match, and were not even close at loosing one, even against better players, but I tend to loose 80% first round matches? In those I choke out, and in the finals I kinda have no problems? And I loose almost all the matches against any new opponent. Second, third I might win, but first…I choke. Is it fear or mental instability and what should I do?
Alex, I would recommend you play more practice sets using pressure scoring. Start each game at 30-30 and go from there. The end of the games are when people feel the pressure and practicing this way give you more points that are in the “pressure” category.
Really liked this video I struggle w both fear of losing all the time. The perspective of losing a match through the richer scale is a great tool as well as the personal promise. I just got back into competitive tennis and am on the borderline of 4.0/4.5 but because my record in 3rd set breakers in usta is 0-4 I can’t break the rank. It seems like it’s always something different that’s plaguing my game like right now I’m having trouble with an errant toss and it’s driving me nuts. Mental toughness has never been a strength so thanks for the lessons!
You’re welcome John!
Jorge, thank you for putting all this amazing knowledge out there. You are the MAN!
Dear Jorge, thank you for making this material available and for free, too. Great way of engaging your students.
As a personal promise I would state, in the words of Stefanie Graf “I will honour my opponent by playing my best shot at all times”.
I like it Erik
1st session and a good beginning indeed. A very soft voice that wrap up all the explanations and good drills on court. Just waiting for the next session even if my internet connection cuts is as a step by step tv session. Thanks, I’ll go on to follow you !
Nice video Jorge. The theory “Don’t focus on outcome.Focus on performance” is a good guidance to the young players. It is good not only to tennis but for the practical life also.This first video explained a lot about the basic things that is required for a player.The IPS is the best thing to be followed by any successful player. I appreciate the way you presented the things and eagerly waiting for the second video.All the Best.
Takeaways for me: just reading the descriptors in the IPS chart made me feel more calm. 🙂 Will be creating and printing it out to view before and during matches. Also, appreciated the Richter Scale of Stress and having a good perspective. Finally, good length and variation between presentation and on-court – for someone with my limited attention span. 🙂
Looking forward to the next video. . .
Thank you! Esther
Great first video! I find that I too chicken out on the shots I do best during a tough match and end up reacting rather than taking charge. It’s a rabbit hole of fear, sloppy shots and just bad tennis on my part. I will try to use “,the personal promise” today during practice. Thank you and looking forward to your next video.
My issue is not around fear, but unexplainable inconsistency. For example, I may play horrible during practice one day and play great in a match setting the following day. My serve for example could be red hot one day and totally off the next. I never have fear of “losing”, but I have fear of inconsistency. I can tell five minutes in to a match or practice session weather I’m on or off and usually it doesn’t change. How do you explain that? I’m a 4.0 to 4.5 ranked player.
Its hard to say, but my best guess wold be that you could benefit form being in the competitive environment (scoreboard turned on) on a MORE frequent basis. Tennis can be very a frustrating thing that way and this is not an uncommon feeling amongst players.
Great Video Jorge thanks. As always, your lessons are fantastic. We follow you and implement your pieces of advice in the formation of Junior players. I especially love the video about the parenting behavior. Keep up with the good work. Alberto Beltran
Hi Jorge thanks for all your hard work, one tip i use and it works for me . Ive lost many matches from 4-1, 5-2 up in the third. in these situations i played played more tentatively, i played not to lose tennis instead of winning tennis which got me the lead… it genuinely was a mental problem ( i got scared of the winning ) . It was remedied by literally pretending i was losing, leading 4-2 in the third , i would convince myself emotionally i was losing 2-4.. This mental process help me to relax and play more aggressively and i started closing out matches. Finally thank you for your enthusiasm for this wonderful game. Peter Mountford, Worcester, United Kingdom….
Great video. I have been coaching for 15 years now and find that the same questions and frustrations always come up – Why can’t I perform the way I do in training when it comes to match time?
I do believe that people feel that you’re either born mentally tough or not – that’s it’s in you and can’t really be worked on. Your videos illustrate, quite nicely, how the brain needs training as well as your body to increase efficiency.
One thing we have done recently which has helped high performance kids a lot is to tell them ‘training is training, and matches are matches.’ What we want them to understand is that they can think during training, even if it seems like a lot to absorb, with the hope that eventually with enough repetition and narrowed focus it will become automatic during matches.
I mean, the main reason why we all struggle in matches is we probably think too much, right?
What’s your take on separating the training and match play mind?
Can’t wait for the next video!!
I like that idea Jason.. I also find that many players struggle because they not only think to much but many don’t know what to think ABOUT. Meaning they are thinking about their technique during a match rather than tactics.
Great video, Jorge, will test the soundness of your advice next time I play my nemesis. If anything, it might have been a bit more helpful if you included a bunch of examples of the type of promises you make yourself. What I believe you are saying is that, in any given match, it’s more important to keep one’s promise than to win, but doesn’t that remove the incentive to win?
I don’t think so… remember, the promise is something that IMPROVES your chances to win.
Thanks for this video Jorge.
I have exactly the same problem Carly has, only on my BH. The slice has become my “security blanket” and although it could be an efficient shot, many times during my games I wish I hit the topspin BH.
I’ve been working on exactly the same approach you presented here but I’ll be more confident using it now that I heard it from you as well.
On the fear of loosing… I have experienced that as well as probably most of the people responding here.
I have a pretty strong serve and I rely on it quite a bit, maybe a bit too much, because when I can’t draw clear winners and sometimes I get broken, I project the score all the way to loosing the match. I’ve been working on focusing on the very next point and I’m improving but every once in a while I’m in the second game of the first set and my mind flies to the end of the second set.
I’m a relatively new “follower” of your videos and I’m enjoying them very much.
Keep up with good work
Club Pro 1
This was helpful. Mental is probably the weakest part of my game.
I received video 3, but did not receive video 2. Could you please re-send it to me.
Thank you so much!
Thank you for the great tips. I will use them during my tennis matches.
Do you remember what you were going to say at 13:33-35?
“Chances are that if you do a little soul searching, you know better than anyone when you’re deep…”
Then you cut off to address Carly
Any chance you recall what you were going to say?
yes…. “when your deep into a competitive match… you will know netter than anyone what actual skills you have that are deployable. It has to be something that you can actually do (deploy) and that give you a BETTER chance to win, not just a crazy tactical change to something you do not do well.
Hi Jorge looking forward to the next video, I am in Perth Australia, 53 years old and still have trouble with people who talk me out of winning matches (opponents), really annoys me especially people who I have played before, can’t they just play tennis? can you help. Dan Orchard.
Thanks Dan, Nice to hear from you.
This is a terrific video. I find that I am so afraid to lose that it’s nearly impossible for me to win! The more I’m “supposed” to win a match (against a lower rated player, for example), the more afraid of losing I am. Of course, that leads to an instant loss of the ability to go for my shots, even those I should be most confident in. The personal promise concept is one I can really use to improve! Thank you!!
I thought the richter scale of stress was very good. It really puts into perspective the fact that it really is just a tennis match. Not near as high on the stress level as other life events, yet so often we put so much importance on winning or losing a tennis match that this can contribute to poor performance due to a fear of losing.
Thanks for the tips.
Nice presentation Jorge, i like the Richter scale, this is what i apply during my match. we don’t do like the normal tournament in our town we always play with a bet which we call it a ‘commercial’. and everybody are betting for their player. your pressure depends on the pot money. i always think that this is not a game of life and if i lost,i still alive, to be able to overcome my pressure.
by the way my hometown has a lot of cockfight that’s why most of here are gambler hehe.
As a club player but very competitive player, I have been known to put the fear of losing high on my list. You are so right in the fact that it is a tennis match…..not a death or illness of someone we love.
I will go to my match this morning with a different attitude!
And my personal promise is with me too!
Thanks for the feedback Donna and good luck on the court!
Looking forward to the other videos. This was great. Love the Richter Scale and Personal Promise. Great for perspective and giving each point a purpose.
Wow… the personal promise approach/idea is great. I will be sharing that idea with all my players. I wish I had learned that when I played……
Thank you for the tips. I am also a high school girl’s coach and I have struggled with my top player when she loses to another top opponent. We do set goals but I think the personal promise will be something I can focus with her on in the future. The R scale has helped me put my matches and the results in perspective and will be a great topic to discuss with my team as well.
Thanks for this video. At 35, It’s been a year since I’ve returned to competition after 12 years of nearly not playing, and I’m getting my tennis back and looking for improvement.
I’m pretty stable mentally on the court, but every inch of improvement in this field is a tremendous help in match.
It’s funny, I’ve already used your personnal promess on my backhand, making sure I return with topspin.
I’ve also got a good advice this year which is not to think of anything else than the present time and what you should do at the exact moment you are. When you think about the past, the previous points of your match, or you project your mind in the futur with this or that hypotheses, you’re loosing focus and you’re building ground for frustration. I think problems with the score are probably linked to that: get your mind stuck on what happened or what could happened. But it’s a good way to get self-counciousness because in situation, you can remark easily that you’re getting out of the very present moment in your head and get an alarm warn you to refocus.
I hope it can help
Julien, Nice to hear you are back on the court. Thanks for the feedback. I have another great drill to stay focused called the W.I.N. its stands for Whats Important Now. You can see the video here… https://www.jorgecapestany.com/portfolio-item/the-w-i-n-method-for-tennis-play/
i started playing tennis late in life (24)but i had a coach who taught me to be competitive against better players
and compete in local tournaments.
we didn’t spend a lot of time on technique, just enough , (slice backhand) volley ..but we spent many hours working on strategy,and a game plan. , attacking game ( take the net) but also how to manage myself and my opponent, picking up weakness of my opponent starting in the warm up. You bring up a lot of old memories. I’m glad to hear from you its importance and its a big part of becoming a better player.Well done.
Thank you so much for this gold mine. Wow I have so many personal promises …. Where do I start? Footwork, watch the ball, stay low, hit relaxed, etc
Love this series and I need to watch this over and over
I am getting back into tennis after not playing since high school. I am glad that I saw this video. I think so much on the tennis court between points so I really like the personal promise of having something to focus on during a match. thank you!
My coach told me about your series and after watching the first video I played in my very first USTA singles match. I decided on my personal promise going into the match. I lost the first set 6-4 but I was happy with my effort with my promise and wasn’t nervous at all! The second set went south and being down 5-0 I was angry and disappointed. I stopped and recalled your coaching and changed my mind set. Before I knew it we were tied 5-5 and she was the one upset. I ended up winning the match in two tie breakers. I couldn’t be more proud and am a believer. Thank you.
Awesome Lori, It is so fun when we can turn a match around.
I am better than I used to be in terms of how I deal with losing. I a 57 but play many people 30 yers younger than me. I have to remember that and also remember tennis is about fun, not about making a living.
I like the peace on your “personal Promise” I already kind of use a similar concept with the players I coach. Like I for example I a player of mine would say there main focus during the match is focusing on having great footwork and constantly tracking the ball if it is short or deep and they would make sure they are moving toward the ball early as they are seeing the ball come over the net. Great video Jorge! I am looking forward to watching more.
Thanks Chris… Good luck with your players
Great video Jorge – Enjoyed the entire presentation – Will use it next week when I am playing in the Cat 2 tournament in Austin. Good job and will be looking forward the next videos. I will also be sharing them with my staff at Grey Rock Tennis Club.
Thanks Fernando and good luck on the courts!
I have a very young high school girl’s tennis team (2 8th grader, 3 freshmen, 1 sophomore and a senior). We are preparing for the State Tournament next week. As we began to speak to the girl’s last week about the Tournament, I heard a few of them say, “How much pressure they were feeling”. We watched the video together and everyone made a Personal Promise. I could see that there will still be some nerves, but they seem more relaxed than before taking this time.
We plan on going over the next few exercises, including the workbooks this week…Thanks Jorge!
Sweet Jeremy, I know that a lot of teams are watching these videos together and it seems to be helping quite a bit. It allows for a discussion to begin so the coach can better understand what the players are feeling. That is the first step towards helping them.
I love the Richter Scale idea! Perhaps putting a “loss” in perspective is the first step (I fell better already) and reducing the energy devoted to it comes. as second step, from having a rational understating of its place on the scale life events. Reducing the energy is the hard part because it comes from a less rational place.
I also like the personal commitment to a stroke as a of a way to get one’s mind off the score. I have always thought that is has to be about more than winning and creating a narrow focus on something that is always important to do provides that “something/”
Thanks Christine, heres wishing you luck on the court.
Playing football, basketball, and running track never prepared me for the mental focus needed to play tennis. The other sports I competed in I could overcome my opponent with strength or just gutting it out at the finish line. Tennis is teaching me how to control emotions. Like most club players I loose focus easily. After 2 years of playing I am now reaching out for the mental edge.
Thanks for your course on Mental Toughness. Continued success to you and your family. There is a wonderful tennis community here in Guiones Beach Costa Rica. Come visit us sometime.
Thanks Dan… And YES, tennis is totally different when it comes to the mental demands it puts on players…
Knowing that there was a quiz at the end definitely helped me to retain my focus during the presentation, and as a result, I think I learnt more. My ‘Personal Promise’ is to work through the remaining videos and attempt to answer all the other quiz questions! Thank you for the work you’ve shared.
Wow, never heard of the personal promised, I see this as a potential game changer for me. I need to do it for my backhand, I can hit heavy topspin just like my forehand but i slice it in tournements out of fear. I still go deep in draws but work so much harder becasue i hold back on my backhand. There are too many good 4.5s here in Texas for me to keep doing this too my self so gonna work on my personal promise. Thank you for this huge insight!
Try it out Scott.. I know it has helped me and a lot of my students.
Good stuff – I like the RS on keeping perspective…
Hi Jorge! I’m from Brazil and I start to playing Tennis 8 months ago. I liked very much your videos. Thanks to you and your family for share this information !!!
Awesome Marcelo and welcome to the greatest sport on the Planet!
This is great information. I have been coaching high school team and JR program for over ten years. I’m looking forward to share this with all my player young and old. Mental toughness is so important on the court and off the court.
One thing about fear is that it also involves breathing.
Thanks Kevin, good luck with your team.
I use the personal promise method myself w/ the promise being that I will act like a gentlemen and a good sport throughout a match. If I focus on this, the rest of my game usually falls into place b/c I stop focusing on the outcome of the match and focus only on keeping my promise. If I can remain focused on this promise, I stay relaxed and do not obsess about the outcome of the match which allows me to play more freely.
If I win or lose, I still feel good about a match as long as I can walk off holding my head high.
Thats is great Kevin. I like that variation.
I like the personal promise in over coming your stroke issue that is holding you back from progressing and also put your losses in prosective of other things in life.
It works Marquis
Thanks for the Tips!!! what i took from this video is the “Personal Goal” concept. Cant wait for the next video! thanks
keep up the good work
Thanks Yash and good luck on the court
Tennis to me is like a game of chess while you are moving on the court….but I only play doubles so it’s half a court!….it is very emotional with peaks and troughs/highs and lows for me when I play….but ground stokes, hand eye accuracy and a good consistent 1st serve is always a must for me…..I always look for the space, or the opponents weakness…. and I always try to be confident, self assured and the dominent better player on court…..its all smoke and mirrors!
Excellent! I’m one who struggles in the gap between practice performance and looseness and how I feel I play in the match setting. Personal promises: always finish swing, hit deep, come forward on volley
Great video. Identifyibg your emotions and facing them help to get focus perform better in the court.
Great video, Jorge.
I like the idea of choosing something to focus on that you can control. Would ‘looking at the ball’ count or do you recommend choosing a particular stroke?
Thank you Jorge for the video, and all your help. I’m very excited to learn all the things you have to offer because I have found tennis to be a very big passion of mine. I want to improve all of my game and I find the information you’ve given to be invaluable. My favorite points were the 4 areas of tennis and the ideal performance state. I am also interested in the scoreboard section because I have always had trouble dealing with the score. I appreciate the on-court demonstration as well because I was able to see the effectiveness of the personal promise idea in action. You made the video very clear and easy to understand. Thanks for helping me determine my own point on the Richter scale of stress, and thanks for everything. I look forward to learning and seeing your second video!
Jorge, Thanks this is nice, simple and exactly what a couple of my players need. Our Junior Development Series is starting in two weeks and I am convinced that “the personal promise” for these guys WILL help. Should they make the promise with some guidance, do I just give them the concept or do I guide them through the bits of the game I think need it?
Kim (Murrumbateman – NSW – Australia)
Jorge, hello from Russia, Moscow!;)
First of all thank you for this helpful video.
Also I would like to hear some more about strategy on the court and different technical variants of the second serve.
Thank you for this very interesting and informative video. I recognized myself in your description of players very good at practice and not so much when playing a match. I’ll start using “the personal promise” concept and see how it goes.
Thanks again for helping players to improve!
Thanks for putting this video together. I plan to have my college team watch it. Looking forward to the next one!
Good luck with your team Jeff
Great video, every single word you say is true. I started working on mental toughness about two years ago and my opponents labeled me as the toughest opponent to play. It really does miracle to your game, i wish i had started working on it long time ago. I am looking forward to next videos. Thank you.
Good luck on the courts Vito
Jorge, Thanks so very much for making this available. I love the personal promise term. I am a wheelchair tennis coach and have used the concept of “performance goal” for years, meaning the same thing. But it isn’t “personal” enough and the players often abandon it in short order. I think this approach will be more meaningful and easier for them to hang in there.
Also, I intend to print up the Richter Scale for them and use your questions to help them keep perspective. Looking forward to the rest of your lessons. They will help both the players and myself!!
Great video. It was very helpful for you to walk us through what really is happening mentally & emotionally during a Match. It will be interesting to see how this plays out because we are constantly repeating the score after each point.. I like the idea of focusing on something that we would like to do well on during the Match.. Thank You for the video and an opportunity for us to improve in this area!
Thanks for sharing your knowledge Jeff!
Hi Jorge !
Thank you for your tips.
I reviewed my self on your words.
Im a Club player but I want to be a stronger player. I Know I have thre strokes but sometimes on a Match ists Like i cant control it unless Im on those good days of tenis that everything I hit comes out really good. I feel I cant control my energy.
One thing That I noticed is when I do not focus on scores during a match I play so much better. But Thats something that does not happen all the time.
If you see me practicing its one thing and palying a macth is another Sometimes.Thera are days that everything comes out amazing.I thinl its the pressure that kills me!
This information will really help. I have players that fall into this category and I believe this will really be used to help overcome the “why can’t I win syndrome” Thanks a lot.
Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge. Loved the personal promise and Richter scale. Can’t wait to see the other videos and to share your knowledge with young players I work with. You are truly doing wonders for this sport worldwide and I can see it is because of your passion for it and because you care. Much appreciated. Thank you!
Nice stuff Jorge. I would add how difficult this stuff is for us guys “wired” for stress… How important it is to start the positivity process…
Great video. I feel I have me stress levels in perspectives being that I started a bit older in this sport and have some lifes lessons that always reminds of whats important in life and not let tennis matches stress me out. I cant wait to see the next video for I do have issues closing out matches. Im getting a little bit better but need more work. I feel when I get ahead in games I think I relax and let my guard down. Anyhow, Im excited to see the next vid. Thanks for this, I always want to train mentally more them techniques.
George I want to thank you for this wonderful informative coaching session. My personal promise ” hit through the ball, watch it hit the racquet face squarely and follow through every time”. Most importantly lighten up and have fun playing the sport you love. I am looking forward to session #2.
Jorge,very helpful…I use W.I N. with my adults and it resonates with everyone,Richter scale will be very effective tool to reduce stress…how do I encorporate these new concepts with adults in group lessons(6 players) as attention spans are short…I teach many adult clinics..most are 2.5-3.5 rated…most classes are 1.5 or 2 hours….especially personal promise…most players at this level have similiar areas that need improvement which would be easier to implement…any group drills you recommend on groundstrokes that would reinforce this first video would be much appreciated.Always looking for new drills to reinforce behavioral change on the court
hope you have a great holiday with your family
Jorge, good tennis material. I look forward to viewing the others.
Thanks a lot.
I have never done any more than work on technique. Your videos have added vast new dimensions to my tennis experience. What’s more, this video is applicable both on and off the court, yet another opportunity for me to profit from your work.
Thanks Michael, technique is important for sure, but many players only look to improve their technique as the way to improve, but tennis is so much more than that.
Great! Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge!
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Really liked the session. Importance of perfomance goals ie before match,only 1. and stress level indicator. I remember Jim Loehr Conference? What is stress? Reality Check ?? This is not a war!!! He trained Special Forces,one mistake you are dead!!! Thats stress!! Very Simple and well explained ,some great ideas, Players would rather not play than lose? as they feel they have a status!!! Nadal handles winning and losing very well!! and is always looking to come back stronger after defeat!!! He s like Conners No Surrender!!! Cant wait for next video,
I was in one of your classes at the Tennis Congress. Due to the intense sun, I had to leave the class early. I was very disappointed to miss out on your coaching but am so happy to have access to your wisdom here. I am an intermediate player who, from your chart, needs to start focusing on the other areas of game play. I love the idea of a personal promise. I often start out strong then regress to spiny slice shots that might confuse my opponent for a point or two but never win me the match. I’m looking forward to implementing my personal promise on the court. Looking forward to the rest of your video series.
P.S. Love that you use your daughter and wife in your videos. So many of the online course use men exclusively and it is nice to see role models for me too. 🙂
Thanks Kathryn, it was nice to see you in Tucson!!
My coach sent me these videos and I loved this first one. I am an adult 4.0 club player whose just started playing tennis about 7 years ago. I beat myself up all the time and I’m my own worst enemy! The Richter Scale really helps put into perspective where tennis should be in our lives. So many of us have families, kids, jobs, etc and play tennis for “fun”. When we start getting stressed about our tennis it takes the fun out of it pretty quickly and we easily forget why we starting playing in the first place.
THANK YOU and I look forward to the next couple videos!
Thanks Janet… I hope you like the next 3 videos as well.
This was really informative and clearly done. I liked how you not only shared the R scale but more importantly shared where people typically apply their energy. Upon self-reflecting I scale it right but give more energy to those things that seem really important but in the scheme of things are not. Sometimes to manage stress I think ahead 5-10 years and ask myself how important that match was to put it into its proper perspective. Looking forward to completing this course. Hope to see you at another PTR or USPTA conference.
Angelo A. Rossetti,USPTA P1, PTR Professional
Director of Tennis, Weston Racquet Club, An Ivan Lendl Tennis Center
Your past success gives you the confidence that you can. Your past failure gives you the humbleness that you can’t. However, if you believe you will. AR 1-26-13
This was very useful information. I plan on using some of these ideas today with one of my students.
That was a great video and had some of the similar information as the information on How to Watch your Kids Play Tennis which I sent out to all of my parents. I coach high school tennis and our league is extremely tough. We have girls on our team just starting tennis and they have to play against teams with juniors on them. It’s very defeating for them. I want them to love playing tennis as I do but it’s so hard to see them continuously lose. I would love some suggestions on mental toughness for players that have to keep playing way above their level. I am going to use the Personal Promise with them because focusing on something they can control during a match is a big thing for us and I work with them on finding things they did well during each match.
Nora, I would concentrate on having the girls focus on that fact they they should have realistic expectations when playing players that are much more experienced, even of they lose. For example, I would take the opportunity to play against Roger Federer, even though I know that I would get crushed because I would view it as a privilege to play against someone more experienced and I would treat it as a learning opportunity.
Great video, looking forward to the next one! I will practice my personal promise next time I am on the court.
LOVED the 3 questions! What a great way to start a conversation.
Great insight and information presented. I loved the Richter Scale of Stress as a vehicle to put a “tennis loss” in perspective. Coaches and tennis players (junior players) may take losses a bit too much. I also grew out of that mentality.
I love the Richter scale of stress!! You are right on there, I tend to put the stress up there with a 10 when it needs to be a 1 or a 2! Great tool!! Am excited to see the rest of your videos!!
Thank you for sharing these tops and tools. As the parent of a Jr Tennis player I felt that this information was not only useful for her – but to my husband and I as well! The idea of breaking things down and looking at the importance of life events and what is “really” upsetting is so valuable for players as well as their families that are investing so much time and energy into this sport. It is refreshing to see information being offered up for the better of the tennis community – as was said in the video; tennis is a unique sport – no coaching during a match, no subs, 1-1 competition etc…. sometimes it feels like that from a parenting perspective as well – just alone out here trying to figure it al out! 😉 So, thank you for the valuable information.
Work server down while traveling, so taking advantage and watching your videos! 🙂
I loved your “personal promise” and have truly tried to do this. But, then I feel the pressure to win every game I can as I’m only playing on teams this season. Every game counts. So, if I miss a few, I go back to the stroke I trust. It’s not a bad stroke. I just want to expand my game. (I’m like your daughter with her slice vs. top spin forehand.) I’m getting so that it feels pretty natural just “hitting”, a little less dependable in drills with others… But, it’s still MUCH better than even a couple months ago. It’s a process / journey, for sure!
I’m looking forward to meeting and working with you at US Tennis Congress next week!
On to the next videos!
As a high school coach for 15 years I have learned that many matches at that level are won not by the best technical player but by the one who has discovered another way to win. It could be better conditioning, style of play or mental toughness. Of those three I believe mental toughness is usually the determining factor in a high school match. I have tried to get my players to think in terms of next point only.Win the point you are presently playing and the scoreboard will take care of itself. I found your personal promise and the Richter scale of stress subjects to be insightful for not only me as a coach but also most likely to be beneficial to mt players when I addressed them this upcoming season. Thanks for all you do.
Thanks Tony… It is a challenge to get young players to see the value in mental toughness tarng, but I have found if they can use it even once for success, they tend to buy in.
Thanks Jorge! The R.scale of stress really helps one to reduce stress and see Tennis matches in a different perspective.
Thanks Roopa, the Richter Scale of stress is really helpful to a lot of players.
Excellent presentation! I think we all have had a fear of losing at one time or another.You have given concrete steps to address the situation. Enjoyed you using your family,nice touch, I enjoy playing with my son and wife.
I really like the inclusion of your daughter and wife’s couple of games into the video. It made the video much more dynamic and interesting.
I would like to see you expand a little on the Real Life and the I.P.S and how the opposing feelings relate to each other.
Thank you very much for a very informative video, I will definitely use the personal promise in my match today.
Loved the first video. I receive so many so called “free” videos that are nothing more than 30 minute commercials to try to get you to buy the video that’s not free! This lesson had great actionable and useful information to implement right now, thanks
Thanks Eric… I have received of ton of those videos as well.
Thank you very much for the tips, I have three children the age of 14, 12, and 10, the main problem about them on the tennis court was angry when they start losing, I show them the video to watch and hopefully they learn something,
great video. the best part for me was when you talked about how much energy we (tennis players) put into the loss of a match. Thanks for putting it all into perspective once again….
Thank You Jorge great teaching video. I hope to use your videos as a learning tool for myself and my 11 year old son. (he plays baseball and tennis)
I love the personal promise lesson and the Richter scale lessons. My son dose hit the ball well in practice but does not carry it over in the match. In particular he reverts back to a one handed slice/pop-up backhand instead of his very good 2-hand backhand. The first personal promise I want him to make is to use his 2 handed backhand for the entire match. He also ha a big anger issue on the court and gets super frustrated on the court (cracking rackets, bad body language, negative emotions etc) I’m at my wits end on how to deal with this. Any advise would be helpful. We will be watching all your videos together. Me, I’m an old dog that can’t learn any new tricks. I’m a good athletic person, x-pro basketball player and there are many aspects of my mental game that affect my on-court game.
I hope your videos will help me in that area. I’ll have several personal promises to make. 🙂
As a marketing communication professional, I will tell you, you have great pace and personal demeanor with your videos, keep up the good work.
Thanks for sharing
Great Video!You might enjoy the book Psychology of Winning by Dr.Dennis Waitley! Again Thanks Buffy Butler
Great video! I’m hoping to find my IPS in a match later today – and no matter what, sticking w my weapon shots for every point. Thank you much.
Am going to the Tennis Congress in Tucson and read about you on their facebook page. Really enjoyed the video and will pass it along to my USTA teams. In a recent doubles practice my partner was struggling and I began feeling frustrated and angry that she was playing so poorly…I wish I had seen your stress list before that practice because I was at a 8 emotional level for a .5 stressor….it felt so important at the time. Thanks for your very clear presentation. I am looking forward to receiving the next.
Thanks Marian. I hope to see you in Tucson soon.
Thanks. I appreciate that you are addressing real issues faced by the multitude of recreational players. Will definitely incorporate the PERSONAL PROMISE in my match play. Do you feel like a player needs to suffer some loses (almost learning to handle bad results) before being ready to experience winning with regularity?
Yes.. I know that you can learn more when you lose than when you win. Losing is not failure, it is only feedback.
Thanks for this great perspective and training. I work with junior players (5 – 17) and am keenly interested in developing the mental aspect (as well as love) of the game. Watching the youngest players work through the emotional and psychological challenges of competitive play is a key to their growing in the game. Your first video was full of useful information and I’m looking forward to the rest!
Muuuuchas gracias Jorge! I loved this video from beginning to end ! I am a psychologist who has been more a chicken than a mind worker in the court for years. What I just heard from you makes so much sense…I already declared my P E R S O N A L. P R O M I S E, and surely next tuesday when I play my match I will put it into practice….
Thank you for your heart for us !
George – The personal promise will be incorporated into all the competitive lessons – I appreciate your insight to teaching and providing me different ideas on which to grow. Thank You!
Good information, my doubles partners and I will watch and try this, I believe in this will help us especially keeping the proper technics and the personal promise on course.
Great John… I hope your partner likes it
I wanted you to know that I showed Fear of Losing to my women’s team today. I found the Richter Scale very interesting and highly useful. We are looking forward to the next video in the series since I plan to have them watch all four! AL DuFaux, University of Tampa, Women’s Head Coach
Thanks Al.. I hope it helps your team. I love the idea of showing this to an entire team and then having discussion that can be led by the coach.
Thanks Jorge. Great presentation on Mental toughness. Not easy to educate players to spend time working
on the mental side of the game. Well done keep up the good work.
Excellent session Jorge, always enjoy your presentations; probably because they are so appropriate. Not sure how many tennis players realize how difficult, compared to other sports is.
While we all preach about the idea state, we might want to remind players of your To off ten State,in order that they recognize they are entering a location they really don’t want to move into.
Thanks coach John
Loved this video….Jorge thank you for sharing…You’ve put it into a whole new BRIGHT AHA light. Yes that DARN scoreboard is a #10 Energy Stresser during a dueling match and at the end…we are NOT getting PAID for playing the sport we love. The Real Life list is the truth when we all step onto the court. The PERSONAL PROMISE is exactly what I will carry on and relay to my students and friends who ask for tips.
Thank you again for making this worthwhile video. I look forward to the next one in a couple days!
I like the scale. I have to learn to put my mind at ease when I lose a match. It isn’t the end of the world and someone I love didn’t die. I have to classify the lost match as number 3 or 4 on the scale. Thanks for your input.
Thanks Jorge. Very helpful tips. I think the richter scale of stress is very important to getting the proper perspective of one’s tennis play even in the heat of the moment. As such, it can act as a stress reducer in a match by getting your mind in proper alignment with the real importance of the match relative to the more important aspects of life. Then, I would think, you’d stand a better chance of achieving your I.P.S. during the match.
Chas here from London.
Great video Jorge, well explained.
My first personal promise is to donate some money to a children’s charity as you have been so generous to share these tips and your wisdom with us.
Loved the Richter Scale of Stress. I can’t wait to teach my juniors about this. They get so worked up for a match, or even a point! This will really help. Thank you!
Just watched video #1 – Fear of Losing. Good stuff. As an assistant coach, prior to watching the video, I had a doubles team make a promise before a tournament. We used those exact same words. So, I like to think we are on the right track. However, they abandoned their promise for the sake of winning the match…which they did. So it helped reinforce their old habits that we…coach and doubles team…know won’t serve them well in the long-run. I am sharing all of these lessons with the team. Thank you. I look forward to the others. Be well.
I love the concept of emphasizing the “Personal Promise” over winning as an outcome.
Your each and every concept of the game is true and the way you put it to overcome them is very well explained. Thanks.
Thank you Jorge. Great tips. Love the various stress levels. This can be applied to all areas of life for sure.
I will talk about it with my high school tennis team and see if they can apply it to their matches.
The personal promise gives me a whole new perspective to help the players take their mind off
the scoreboard during their match.
Great Stuff Jorge, I really appreciate the tips. I will be sharing all this with my high school players. I’m sure it will help all of them!
Thanks Steve… Good luck this season.
Great work Jorge. I like the personal promise, Richter scale and W.I.N. One I have used is that you C.A.S.T. a spell on your opponenet.
C – Competitiveness: never give up, looking for answers even when you are down 6-1, 4-0.
A – Arrogance (not rudeness): carry yourself in a manner of supreme confidence. Look at how Roger, Rafa, Novak
carry themselves compared to the players who are 5 – 150 in the world, they carry an air of arrogance with
S – Singlemindeedness: you are on the court in a 1 on 1 or 2 on 2 competition. You win or you lose. No gray area.
T – Trained: you’ve put in the work on the practice court (hopefully) now it’s time to show off that hard work.
I know a lot of people don’t like the word arrogant. I’m not telling you to be rude to an opponent, but to carry yourself in a confident manner. Again congratulations on the website and everything you are doing to further both players and teachers. Take care, hope to see you soon at a conference.
Thanks Scott, I like your CAST version
I like the “personal promise” concept – I too chicken out and find myself not trusting my shots. I start to chip my forehand or return of serve when I clearly have the time to hit my shot. I just wonder what the best wayis to keep true to the personal promise when you are in the heat of battle.
You have to constantly be reminding yourself it is about the PROMISE (which you can control) and not about the reult (which you can not control) It is tough to master, but worth it in the end.
TRY self-talk this: ‘you know you are gonna play worse…. when you ‘give in’ to wanting the result, the point, the match and override the PROMISE-TO-MYSELF!!! Has this EVER worked before?– Heck No! Write PROMISE on your hand to jingle it: “I promised myself I would not resort to hitting junks shots when down a game or set ( chop /slices etc.) just to try to get more points. I now command myself to hit that strong FH with a ton of confidence!
I deserve to hit my great, strong forehand! I’ve got the goods–now deliver them! Maria Sharapova has a ‘mantra’ when she turns back and ‘fixes’ strings… maybe it’s ‘her promise’. Groove this habit in like you groove your strokes.
Jorge, Great job as always. Presenting the mental side to apply strokes that work under pressure is an art of teaching. Thanks for sharing your compilation of many years experience of teaching a very diverse group of students. It is so important for other Coaches to be reenforced in what they do. When they see things you show are many times things they so believe or already do in there own way, they realize how good they really are.
Good stuff, Jorge. I liked the Personal Promise and the Richter Scale of Stress. Very helpful for coaching and internalizing as a coach.
Thanks Chuck.. Those concepts have really helped my players as well.
The 2 things that spoke to me were focusing on a point of execution (hitting through the ball, or top spin or something), and ther second was breakiing out of a slow start by creating a long point.
Hi Jorge thank you for a great introduction to this topic, and well done for the input from your family! In a doubles pairing there is often one player that is stronger and when you find yourself the stronger player (and coach!) that can cause stress You suddenly find yourself thinking about the other person’s game and helping them and not concentrating on yours, that can make you lose focus! Any tips on how to deal with that situation would be good.
Great video- I thought the portion on the richter scale was very helpful. These are concepts that will be very beneficial to my players. I also enjoyed the on court part. The principals can apply to all ages. Thanks for doing this.
May I sum up that what you are teaching is cultivating self-awareness and putting things into perspective and I think these are great tips — the mental aspect of a competitor translate to the physical execution in the court during the match. It explains why there is an ‘ ability” gap between practice and real matches in most people ( I guess, including the pros).
I find this very helpful … , the challenge in conquering/controlling yourself as much as beating the opponent .
My #1 thing to think about is Target is on the Ball. This helps me look at where on the ball I want to hit not where on the court so I look up too soon.
Jorge this is brilliant stuff! I’ve looked over your eBook as well and will be using this in my own coaching and playing!
Thanks Caleb. I hope it is useful with your players.
T’was a fascinating presentation. I’m not one to be totally competitive in a game and simply let my errors slide. In short, I don’t get angry with myself other than an occasional “Darn!”
I especially like the “WIN” concept and will incorporate that in my game.
This is some training that is right on target with my experiences. Jorge is to be commended for bringing these important lessons straight to us over the computer and for free. The production is great and the lessons taught are of great value. Thanks you Jorge! Keep them coming.
Thanks Jeff… I will keep sending out instructional videos as long as people are being helped by them. It is fun to see all the feedback we get.
I really hope that people are appreciative of this wealth of information that Jorge is sharing Everything on this video can be shared so easily and practically with student’s. So well thought out, presented, and communicated!!!! Thanks so much for being willing to share this with everyone. Athena Cajas USPTA Professional
I Loved the 5 steps,particularly the personal promise & what’s important now.lots of times instead of taking the time I need I’ll rush my serve throw up a bad toss & hit it resulting in a fault.I’m now making a personal promise to take my time& not hit bad tosses!! What’s important now is a great tool to stay focused in the present moment & prevent negative thinking.The concept of playing longer points when having a slow start is very helpful as we’ll to get loose & find my stokes.Very helpful information ! Looking forward to trying them all tomorrow & the second video! So unbelievably kind to share this all for free!! Tennis is expensive!!
As I tennis coach, I loved the whole first video. There were so many practical and sensible things within it that just made sense and seem so easy to implement. I really liked the W I N idea. Very good indeed. I can’t wait to implement that with some of my players. I liked the Richter Scale of Stress as well. These two stood out for me, but I thoroughly enjoyed everything else as well.
Thanks Stephen, the Richter Scale was a huge game changer for me personally.
I stumbled upon this site late one night and spent the next couple of hours watching and listening. Upon completion of the first video, my first thought was how terrific it would be for my teammates to watch, discuss, and perhaps focus on during our drills.
I am anxious to share thus with them, implement with them, and hopefully see some improvements.
Thanks, Capestany family!
Thanks Suzanne.. Perhaps if your coach sent the video series out to the team they would be receptive. I have heard from people all over the World about clubs using this program and showing the videos in a classroom setting with their junior and adult players.
I thought the video and concepts were awesome. The one thing I would have liked to see is the WIN comments if Carly was losing the tiebreak.
Thank you for taking the time to share this with the tennis community. 🙂
I appreciate you taking the time to share very practical techniques for teaching the mental side of the game. As a parent and teaching professional, I know I will use them. As you stated it is often under addressed in the coaching arena. I often refer students to books (Inner Game – Fight Fear and Win) but your approach presented in this video can easily be taught to be used on court instantly. I especially like the use of acronyms (WIN) because students can easily digest and recall them in the heat of battle. Thank you for making your quality work and experience accessible to us.
Hi Jorge, very nice. What about the fear of losing because of having to hear it from the old man lol 😉
I loved the acronym W.I.N. It is key for players to stay in the present during matches. So to ask themselves “What’s Important Now” would be helpful. Also, I think the Richter scale of stress is an effective tool in helping players keep proper perspective. Proper perspective is key to stress reduction. With less stress, competition becomes more enjoyable.
Jorge, good first video. I look forward to viewing the others.
Thanks for the tips, most appreciated
Love the ball. study the ball ,curvy lines ,name, nap
The ball is my friend
Watch it in the air ,on the strings see the lines on it
You can only stay focused on one thing for a long time if you truly love it
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