Off Court Visualization

John Yandell

Off court visualization can improve your strokes and your match play - without physical practice.

In the last two articles in this series we covered how to use on court mental imagery in building high quality technical strokes (Click Here), and how to ritualize your game during match play using a combination of key mental images and between point behaviors (Click Here).

In this article, we will explore how to use it off court visualization in developing and improving your technique and your match play results. Seems fully appropriate for our current times, with most clubs and facilities closed.

But these visualization training techniques have been around as long as sports, developed independently by athletes themselves as well as by sports psychologists, coaches, and other students of the game. If you are unable to play actual tennis, it is entirely possible that using these techniques you could actually improve your game by the time you get back on court.

Recently, Texas doctor Archie Dan Smith did a great overview article on the research into off court visualization that showed it could improve your tennis in at least 10 areas, including serving speed and accuracy, focus, decision making and overall points won. (Click Here.)

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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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