Ritualizing Your Game

John Yandell

How do you use mental imagery in ritualizing your game?

Ritualizing Your Game. What could that mean?

In the last article I outlined how mental imagery—including both the picture and feeling components—are the basis for building strokes with world class fundamentals. (Click Here.) I have also previously written about using imagery in shot execution. (Click Here.)

But in this article let's first go over how that works again and suggest some specific key images for the strokes. Then let's look how to marry that with another critical component in the mental game—the time between points.

The combination gives you a comprehensive way to play competitive tennis, staying primarily in the non-verbal world. It allows you to ritualize entire matches and stay emotionally positive in the inevitable ups and downs. The process will not only improve your results, it will increase your enjoyment of being a tennis player.

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John Yandell is widely acknowledged as one of the leading videographers and students of the modern game of professional tennis. His high speed filming for Advanced Tennis and Tennisplayer have provided new visual resources that have changed the way the game is studied and understood by both players and coaches. He has done personal video analysis for hundreds of high level competitive players, including Justine Henin-Hardenne, Taylor Dent and John McEnroe, among others.

In addition to his role as Editor of Tennisplayer he is the author of the critically acclaimed book Visual Tennis. The John Yandell Tennis School is located in San Francisco, California.

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