The vision of many coaches has shifted towards training for a more powerful, aggressive game with less margin for error — a less consistent tactic with an emphasis on completing the point within the first three or four shots.
On paper it all sounds good and it seems possible, but when building competitive players, educating them under this vision is as unreal as it is detrimental to the player's mental health. Under this motto, anxious and weak-headed individuals are built, whose fragility will come to the surface in the face of situations of pressure or adversity.
â£â£â£Tennis is a game of percentages and in its sheer simplicity, the one who has the least percentage of errors wins. Consistency is the main pillar of the game. Being consistent is equal to trusting yourself, if you're not wrong, there is no reason for regret.
Tennis psychology must begin with coaches who adapt exercises that nurture the players' main ally: patience. We live in times in which patience has been replaced by immediacy: having everything immediately, by winning quickly, the winner is seen as an elegant solution that makes everyone praise the player.
So much so, that being coherent is diminished. It’s also that the refrain, "It’s that he beat me by throwing lobs" has become the main excuse of weak-minded players. What does consistency really mean? It's not just putting the ball in.
It is also about having control of the ball, the swing, the body and your mind that must be programmed and trained to give life for every ball. Observe a Roland Garros match and watch the perfect demonstration of brutal control of all your skills during 9+ ball rallies at impressive speed.
The good guys have settled on the principle of making no mistake, and over time they are improving their tactics and gaining strength to adapt to today's violent game. â£We agree that tennis is more complex and that over time the game has become more aggressive.
The key is to hit the ball very hard, with a good height over the net, with a good headroom away from the lines and run all the balls as if your life depended on this workout.