Tennis Psychology PodcastAuthor: Dr. Patrick Cohn
20 May 2019

Tennis Psychology Podcast

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Improve Your Inner Game of Tennis With Powerful Mental Game of Tennis Strategies with Mental Game Expert Dr. Patrick Cohn of SportsPsychologyTennis.com

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    Should You Quit Tennis?

    Do you feel nervous before matches and are under a lot of pressure to the point where you don't want to play the game anymore?

    In this week's tennis psychology podcast, mental game of tennis expert, Dr. Patrick Cohn answers a question from Dwayne who's questioning whether he should continue to play tennis.

    Here's what Dwayne had to say about his game:

    "My problem is that I hate that nervous feeling before going into a match and all the pressure of wanting to be good enough to showcase what I've practiced for months. I hate the feeling, I'm even thinking about quitting the game. I do try to focus on the game itself but that feeling of being nervous really gets to me at my core. What should I do? Should I just quit the game?"

    COHN: I recommend to athletes that quitting because of the mental game issue, something that you can take care of, isn't a valid reason.

    COHN: In other words, if you want to quit the game because it is no longer fun or you have other interests or you want to do another sport, those are more valid reasons, in my opinion.

    COHN: But to quit the game because simply your nervous, I say simply because I feel like that is something that you can overcome and get beyond.

    COHN: So, how do you get beyond it in this particular case?

    Listen to the podcast to learn what Dr. Cohn suggest you can do to overcome your nerves and enjoy tennis again.


  • Posted on 17 Feb 2019

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    Are You Getting Aced By Slower Serves?

    Are you getting beat on your return of serve by getting aced by slower serves?

    In this week's tennis psychology podcast, mental game of tennis expert, Dr. Patrick Cohn answers a question from Tony about getting aced by slower serves and how this is so frustrating.

    Here's what Tony had to say about his game:

    "I keep getting aced by slower serves which is so irritating. Someone hits a banger and I'll get my racquet on it. someone dinks one over and I'll get it back easily. But when someone hits a medium paced serve into a corner, it beats me clean, I don't even move! Strange because I can get my racquet to slow and even fast balls but medium paced serves catch me off guard. How can I get better with this? what's breaking down mentally?"

    COHN: Tony, when your opponent hits a fast serve, you only have time to siply react. When your opponent hits a slower serve, you have plenty of time to move in and take the serve.

    COHN: What I think might be operating here mentally, from the mental perspective for you, is that you might be overthinking what to do with the medium paced serve.

    COHN: In other words, you have just enough time to overthink it, but really not enough time to maybe move in and play it like second slower serve.

    COHN: With that said, how can you prepare mentally?

    Listen to the podcast to hear what Dr. Cohn suggests to do on the return of serve.

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  • Posted on 03 Feb 2019

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    How to Play Opponents That Get Into Your Head

    Do you struggle with playing 3 or 4 specific opponents and keep losing to them over and over and it gets into your head?

    In this week's tennis psychology podcast, mental game of tennis expert, Dr. Patrick Cohn answers a question from Megan who struggles to beat a few specific opponents.

    Here's what Megan had to say about her game:

    "My problem is that I have too much pressure on me when I play 3 or 4 specific players because I've lost to them constantly since the past 8 years and it's actually all mental because I've been told that I'm better tan them, quickest than them, fitter than them, stronger than them... Other's don't understand why i lose to them every time. I get too nervous or anxious or just mentally breakdown in the match against them. I care a lot about beating these players and I really need your help."

    COHN: Thanks for the questions... I think this is very common for players to get certain individuals into their head, certain opponents in their head where they feel like they can't perform their best against these opponents.

    COHN: Now, I will say, sometimes you aren't going to match up well against specific players. For examples, if you play a baseliner that gets everything back and that's just not your game or you struggle with that type of player.

    COHN: That can happen in tennis where you just simply don't match-up well. Your style of tennis doesn't match up well with your opponents...

    COHN: With that said, let's talk about the mental factors that go into this...

    Listen to the audio to hear what Dr. Cohn says are the mental factors that affect you playing specific opponents.

    *Download a free tennis psychology report to improve your tennis mindset between points.

    *Improve Your Mental Toughness for Tennis Quickly with Dr. Cohn’s new Tennis Confidence Audio Program

    *Subscribe to The Tennis Psychology Podcast at iTunes!


  • Posted on 20 Jan 2019

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    How to Let Go of Comfort Zones in Tennis

    Do you ever find yourself cruising along in a match and the second set or third set you're in command and controlling your opponent and then all of the sudden, BOOM! Something happens and you lose the match?

    In this week's tennis psychology podcast, mental game of tennis expert, Dr. Patrick Cohn answers a question from Sebastian who said he was recently playing a 3rd set, was in command and eventually lost the match.

    Here's what Sebastian had to say about his game:

    "Yesterday I was up 4-0 in the 3rd set and was controlling my opponent and then something just happened... I lost my focus and lost the match and the 3rd set for 6."

    COHN: You are not alone, Sebastian. I see a lot of junior players that tend to tighten up when they get in the lead. They maybe split sets and now they are playing a 3rd set, they might be well in command, up maybe 5-2, 4-1 or 4-0 like you and then all of the sudden BOOM! something happens.

    COHN: Well, what happened? Certainly, you lost your focus but most of the time this issue is around comfort zones.

    COHN: Comfort zones prevent you from stepping outside and continuing to play your game when you're in the lead and when you are in command of the match.

    COHN: Typically what will happen is you go into protect mode. You start to play safe, you worry about missing and you wait for your opponent to miss.

    COHN: Essentially, you stopped playing the game that got you to 4-0 in the 3rd set...

    COHN: What is the problem?

    Listen to the audio below to hear what else Dr. Cohn has to say about comfort zones in matches.

    *Download a free tennis psychology report to improve your tennis mindset between points.

    *Improve Your Mental Toughness for Tennis Quickly with Dr. Cohn’s new Tennis Confidence Audio Program

    *Subscribe to The Tennis Psychology Podcast at iTunes!


  • Posted on 09 Dec 2018

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    What's The Challenge With Perfectionism?

    When you lose your cool on the tennis court, do you give up, thank or start pushing the ball?

    In this week's tennis psychology podcast, mental game of tennis expert, Dr. Patrick Cohn answers a question from Sarah who needs help managing her expectations.

    Here's what Sarah had to say about her game:

    "I'm 14  years old an have been playing tennis for about 8 years. Once of my coaches calls me a bull because I'm always so stubborn and get so upset when I do something wrong but the only reason I get upset is because I know I can do better but when I get upset its like i just stop trying. I give up. So I've been trying to find ways to keep my cool and stay mentally tough. I hate losing and then I get all the thoughts of what people are going to think f me, especially my parents. Ive been trying to deal with this but I cant and as soon as is tart to think of it, i start to push the ball in the court or hit extremely had for no reason. I can be extremely hard on myself and I could really use your help."

    COHN: Part of the reason that your hard on yourself and that you get easily frustrated and hate losing is because it it sounds like there is some perfectionism that you have with your game

    COHN: Now, what goes with the perfectionism?

    COHN: One of the things that goes with the perfectionism is very high expectations for your performance, even in a practice situation when your coach sees that, where you're not being able to learn fast enough or you miss hitting shots and you probably get upset.

    COHN: I don't think its so much about being stubborn or being a bull as it is that you demand so much of yourself that you price in perfection in terms of your performance.

    COHN: Whats the challenge with perfectionism? What can you do?

    Listen to the audio below to hear what Dr. Cohn recommends you can do to manage your perfectionism and expectations.

    *Download a free tennis psychology report to improve your tennis mindset between points.

    *Improve Your Mental Toughness for Tennis Quickly with Dr. Cohn’s new Tennis Confidence Audio Program

    *Subscribe to The Tennis Psychology Podcast at iTunes!


  • Posted on 25 Nov 2018

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