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Evaluate and Improve Your Game

What is your tennis game What does it consist of? Analyze your whole tennis game?

Tennis is much more than a game of serves, volleys and groundstrokes. When you walk onto the court, you take more than your tennis racquet with you.
You take your whole bag your temperament, your personality, your character and your brain.

We can break the game up into four main areas

1. MENTAL
2. STRATEGIC
3. PHYSICAL
4. TECHNICAL

The MENTAL
• Determination
• Staying cool under pressure
• Overcoming the fear of playing a superior opponent
• Overcoming the fear of losing to an inferior opponent
• Dealing with an attack of nerves
• Playing in front of a crowd
• Handling unwanted distractions

The STRATEGIC
• Knowing which shots to play - and when
• Reading your opponents game
• Exploiting opponents' weaknesses
• Covering up your own weaknesses
• Where you stand to serve and return
• Where you position yourself in the court between shots

The PHYSICAL
• Stamina
• Speed
• Reflexes
• Hand/Eye Co-ordination
• Agility

The TECHNICAL
• The mechanics of each stroke
• Footwork
• Ready positions for returns, serves, at the net, between shots etc.
• Split steps

By breaking the game up into its four fundamental components, it's simple to accurately evaluate your own game.
Address your weak areas by taking practical steps to improve them.
And how you go about that is what makes tennis so much fun and so challenging.