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Imagery (Visualisation) Script before a tennis match
- You step out on the court to warm up and your feet feel light and bouncy.
- Your groudstrokes are fluid and easy, yet powerful.
- You feel the short back swing and nice follow-through on your shots.
- You are moving around the court freely and effortlessly, getting to all of your opponnent’s shots.
- You warm up your volley and overhead and everything feels good.
- Your contact point on your volley is out in front of you and you are anticipating well.
- You feel a nice stretch on the back of your arm and in your lower back as you go back to hit some overheads. They are clean and right in the center of your racquet.
- As you warm up your serve you feel that your motion is fluid, your ball toss is consistent and you’re really reaching out and transferring your weight into the ball.
- The ball is hitting the spots in the service box that you are aiming for, using a variety of serves, spins and speeds.
- You now see yourself starting the match serving and getting right into the flow of the match.
- You visualize some strong serves where your opponent can only just get the ball back to the mid court and you decisively put the ball away with short, topspin, angled strokes.
- Your next point is a long rally from baseline to baseline.
- You see yourself keeping the ball deep and hitting it firmly but yet with a good margin for error.
- Finally, your opponent hits a short ball and you come in and slice it deep to the backhand corner.
- Your opponent tries a down the line passing shot but you guess right and are right there to hit a short cross court volley winner.
- You finish the game with a big serve down the middle of the “t” for an ace.
- This game gets you off to a fast start and gets your adrenaline fowing and concentration focused on the match.
- As you get ready to walk out onto the court, you are feeling relaxed and confident.
- You can’t wait to start hitting the ball
more about Mental Imagery for tennis in “Tennis: Winning the Mental Game” – Robert Weinberg