Tennis Psychology PodcastAuthor: Dr. Patrick Cohn
18 Jan 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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    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.

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  • 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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    How to Take Your Tennis Game to The Next Level

    Do you have trouble taking your game to the next level and maybe beating that person that is 1 level ahead of you or higher ranked than you?

    In this week's tennis psychology podcast, mental game of tennis expert, Dr. Patrick Cohn answers a question from Riley about how do you take your game to the next level without falling into the mindset of happy loser.

    Here's what Riley had to say:

    "Maybe you could give some tips or advice on how young players can go to the next level... Maybe beat that person who is on that next level above them without being the happy loser without falling prey to the tennis demons? the answer might be just keep going until it happens but the problem with that approach is that it does not address the happy loser mentality and if this is a real thing, then you may never win because of it."

    COHN: Riley, good question...

    COHN: I've worked with a lot of juniors that tend to get psyched out when they are playing an opponent that is seeded higher than them or is ranked higher than them for example and get into that mentality that they chalk this one up to another loss before they even get on the court and that's not going to help.

    Listen to the audio below to hear what Dr. Cohn recommends to help your mindset when playing higher ranked players.

    *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 11 Nov 2018

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    Helping Young Tennis Players Stay Composed

     

    Do you have a young tennis player that tends to implode after a couple of double faults on the tennis court?

    In this week's tennis psychology podcast, mental game of tennis expert, Dr. Patrick Cohn answers a questions from a tennis parent.

    Ramona wrote in and said:

    "My son is 11 years old. He's been playing tennis since he was 5. He's a top player in India in the 12 and unders. At times he has a couple of double faults in a row. The body language gets really bad and he's in tears after a couple of double faults. However, when is first serve is spot on, the rest of the game will pick up. I'm assuming that the state of mind determines whether you'll have a good serve or not."

    Yes, your state of mind is going to affect your entire tennis game whether it is your serve or ground strokes or your return or volleys.

    The mindset that you take to the court and that you maintain on the court is going to be extremely important...

    Listen to this month's tennis psychology podcast to learn what mental game tips Dr. Cohn gives to sports parents about how they can help their young athletes overcome double faults and remain composed.

    *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 28 Oct 2018

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    Taking Your Practice Game to Tennis Matches

    In this week's tennis psychology podcast, mental game of tennis expert, Dr. Patrick Cohn discusses:

    What causes tennis players to not take their full game that they’re capable of to a match situation and what can you do about it.

    Arry wrote in and said:

    "I am a competitive junior tennis player. Recently, I’ve been having a lot of trouble bringing what I practice to tournaments. I’m playing a lot of tennis and my improvement shows in practice matches. Do you have any strategies that will help me perform more freely in tournaments?"

    First you need to identify what’s changing for you from practice to tournaments.

    Often, it is about fear of failure.

    If you aren’t playing freely, you are playing tight and controlled.

    How can you overcome fear of failure to play more freely?

    Listen to this month's tennis psychology podcast to learn what mental game tips Dr. Cohn gives to tennis players to bring their practice game to matches and play more freely.

    *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 29 Oct 2017

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