The Foundations of Player Mental Toughness…

I often find myself saying to coaches and players that “the components of tennis mental toughness are relatively easy to understand but very hard to do”…

At it’s core player mental toughness requires simply choosing to focus on a helpful process at the beginning of the rally or point, and actually committing to actions based on that focus during the rally or point.

In this way the formula for mental toughness is Helpful Attention + Action = Mental Toughness

And the key reflection…

Players must regularly check in at the end of rallies/points and ask the following question: Did I commit my actions to my chosen attention during the rally or point?

The bottom line is that, assuming that we as coaches are helping educate players on the processes that will most help them improve (in practice) and win (in matches), the player who most frequently commits to repeating this simple formula in practice and matches will improve the most and become the most effective competitor…

So, of course, it’s super important that we encourage players to practice it..Check out the video above with USC freshman Jack Jaede to see how I tend to encourage players to practice this process…

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