Nick Wheatley

Understanding momentum can be a key benefit in developing Marginal Gains.

Here is a final important issue to understand as we close our series on Marginal Gains. Momentum. Understanding momentum can offer a final marginal gain that can be very beneficial to you at key moments in a match.

I sometimes hear players say that a slow start isn't the end of the world when they are playing best of 3 full sets, they've got plenty of time to work their way back. What they fail to understand is they have made their task doubly difficult. First, they have to get the score back level, and if they manage that, then they have to find a way to win.

The Myth

There is a myth about momentum. Many people believe that if a player is behind and then levels the score that player then becomes a strong favorite to push on for the win. This seems even more likely to when the player levels the score more easily.

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Nick Wheatley is an LTA Performance Coach and head coach at Hawker Tennis in south west London. His junior teams, the Hawker Jets, have won 44 competitions since formation, and over the last 2 years alone, his junior players have won 19 singles tournaments between them at county level.

He has been ranked in the top 75 nationally in 35 and over singles and in the top 5 in Surrey county. Nick has done video analysis for numerous players at all levels, including former British Top 10 player Marcus Willis.

His unique teaching video series, covering every aspect of the game, is available on his website

You can also contact Nick directly via the homepage of his website.

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