We’ve all seen them, those kids who don’t know how to lose – the dreaded tantrum thrower. Parents are embarrassed, many coaches look the other way, opponents get upset. What is the answer?
A live interview with Nick Jacques (of Tennis NZ) who explains how the ” Thinking CAP” – Competence, Autonomy & Purpose – concept helps you coach better.
Djokovic’s dominance at the top of the ratings is due not just to his extraordinary physical fitness but to his innovative approach to the mental side of tennis through Mindfulness meditation. No-one in the i2c office is trained in meditation techniques, but we’ve used our knowledge of Mindfulness meditation to get you started with a short 10 minute meditation.
The practice of “Mindfulness” has taken a hold on the tennis world. Mindfulness is a meditation and awareness practise that teaches people to non-judgementally recognise and observe their thoughts without trying to stop them.
Perhaps the most influential advocate is Novak Djokovic. It’s been said that Djokovic’s dominance at the top of the ratings is due not just to his extraordinary physical fitness but to his innovative approach to the mental side of tennis through Mindfulness meditation.
So what is Mindfulness meditation and why is it so attractive to tennis players? Whether you’re already a fan; or simply keen to take a look and decide if it’s something you’re interested in, we’ve put together a guide for tennis coaches, players and parents.
A lot of coaches tell us that beginners need to be more consistent, but what does that mean? Are we focusing on the right forms of consistency? Tennis is a game of attack and defence, of changes of direction, of mastering the effectiveness of the strokes, of getting the ball to do what you want it to do. Tennis is not about hitting endless groundstrokes waiting for the opponent to make a mistake!
So let’s ditch the idea of consistency being about hitting over the net and in to court in long rallies, and instead let’s look at what consistency could mean! Our guide gives you drills to do just that!