June 13, 2003, Newsletter Issue #74: No More Temper Tantrums On Court!

Tip of the Week

Do you find yourself in match situations berating yourself? Hanging your head low after an unforced error? Losing confidence after a tough game?

If so, hereŽs a simple way to eliminate negative self-talk.

1. Immediately after an unforced error, HOLD YOUR HEAD UP, and ask yourself, "what is my correction?"

2. Eliminate head nodding, mumbling, and negative body language. If your opponent sees this, you may turn momentum in their favor.

3. Whether you win or lose a point or game, JOG to the next point location.

4. BREATHE through the nose, and out the mouth prior to any big game, or when you feel nerves creeping in.

5. GO FOR YOUR SHOTS. You know your strengths. Set yourself up for your stronger shots, and let Žer rip. If it doesnŽt work, so what? YouŽll gain the confidence, and eventually, theyŽll start falling in!

In summary, asking positive questions of yourself, positive body and self talk, movement, and proper breathing technique will help you to eliminate a "bad temper" while playing. Good luck!

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