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Offline boatsign

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« on: March 03, 2007, 06:29:30 AM »
Maybe its a Mediterranean influence, where they feel it's good to let your emotions out rather than hold them in, but I've been criticised for being too extroverted on the court.  

On one hand, simple exuberance and having fun should be okay if it doesn't go over the top.

On the other hand, this is what happened the other day.  As a net player, I blew 3 put-away overheads in the same game by inches, which buried my partner's service game.  After the third one I leaned against a wall in mock anguish.

How do the greats maintain their composure on court, amidst all the drama?

I remember seeing 19-year-old Federer against Sampras at Wimbledon.  When he made a mistake, all he betrayed was a slight, momentary tensing and an exhale.  

I suppose that in practical terms, it's all about turning the page to be ready for the next point, and that investing extra emotion drains your energy reserves.

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« Reply #1 on: March 03, 2007, 07:19:45 AM »
Not all the pros have it, Safin, Malisse and others cannot keep it together like Federer can.  His ability to shake off the last point and move on to the next point in a matter of .0001 seconds is amazing.  But I think you are right, it is a drain of energy and it can make you lose your focus.  When you lose your focus it can make things worse.  Take it from a guy who can lose his cool if I make too many errors.  

In the big matches these days I seem to stay very focused and very positive and I am playing very well that way.  I still struggle some in the lesser matches that are just for fun, my focus is lacking and then I get upset because I am not playing well and making too many errors.  I have tuned a lot of that down in the last year and I think it has improved my tennis.

I do not think there is anything wrong with showing some emotion, but you need to keep it in check and stay focused.  If your emotions derail your focus than it is too much emotion for the court.
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« Reply #2 on: March 03, 2007, 10:01:32 AM »
See Francesca Schiavone : ). She speaks to her racquet and yells at herself quite loudly in Italian, very entertaining to watch.
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« Reply #3 on: March 03, 2007, 12:02:37 PM »
i dont like extended monologues with myself, but i do scream like safin does once in a while
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Re: Composure
« Reply #4 on: March 03, 2007, 04:55:53 PM »
Quote from: "boatsign"
Maybe its a Mediterranean influence, where they feel it's good to let your emotions out rather than hold them in, but I've been criticised for being too extroverted on the court.  

On one hand, simple exuberance and having fun should be okay if it doesn't go over the top.

On the other hand, this is what happened the other day.  As a net player, I blew 3 put-away overheads in the same game by inches, which buried my partner's service game.  After the third one I leaned against a wall in mock anguish.

How do the greats maintain their composure on court, amidst all the drama?

I remember seeing 19-year-old Federer against Sampras at Wimbledon.  When he made a mistake, all he betrayed was a slight, momentary tensing and an exhale.  

I suppose that in practical terms, it's all about turning the page to be ready for the next point, and that investing extra emotion drains your energy reserves.



We have all made these horrible errors.........the key is to bounce back and minimize these mistakes!   Busting out your emotions in a negative way can make your game continue to fall off and you end up playing worse.  I think it is key to let your mistakes go and move on to the next point!

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« Reply #5 on: March 03, 2007, 07:15:23 PM »
When I do something wrong, I scold my racquet. And most of the times I only scold it to the extent that it corrects itself next shot. Sometimes it cries then I have to you know take a moment to calm it down, reassure it that its my best racquet (totaly a lie most of the time but it doesn't know that - racquets arent known to be too social with thier species) and once it believes me I start playing well again. Most of the time though I just offer words of encouragement and like "Why did you do that? Next time do this" so you know I am pretty good like that I think. I make sure my racquet has a positive outlook all the time.
On the other hand I also talk to my racquet when I do something good or something amazing. I give it one of those "Dude you totally rock!" glances and it smiles back and then continues to pull off amazing shots with the same content smug smile on its face.
It works well for me. Thats what I do in matches. In practice or when it doesn't matter I don't mind occassionally going "YES!" or "D*M*T" or "COME ON!" sometimes. I never do that in a match, I try to keep as much of a 'yeah that happened. period" face as possible. I talk discretely to my racquet while I am rearranging its strings so it minimizes the glances I get from others.


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« Reply #6 on: March 04, 2007, 10:18:20 AM »
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When I do something wrong, I scold my racquet. And most of the times I only scold it to the extent that it corrects itself next shot. Sometimes it cries then I have to you know take a moment to calm it down, reassure it that its my best racquet (totaly a lie most of the time but it doesn't know that - racquets arent known to be too social with thier species) and once it believes me I start playing well again. Most of the time though I just offer words of encouragement and like "Why did you do that? Next time do this" so you know I am pretty good like that I think. I make sure my racquet has a positive outlook all the time.
On the other hand I also talk to my racquet when I do something good or something amazing. I give it one of those "Dude you totally rock!" glances and it smiles back and then continues to pull off amazing shots with the same content smug smile on its face.
It works well for me. Thats what I do in matches. In practice or when it doesn't matter I don't mind occassionally going "YES!" or "D*M*T" or "COME ON!" sometimes. I never do that in a match, I try to keep as much of a 'yeah that happened. period" face as possible. I talk discretely to my racquet while I am rearranging its strings so it minimizes the glances I get from others.


lol, well thats interesting.   :lmao: Any way I have a pretty bad anger problem, but I normally can keep it together.  Sometimes when I get really pissed off about a bad call I play better because I am so determined.

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« Reply #7 on: March 04, 2007, 04:47:11 PM »
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When I do something wrong, I scold my racquet. And most of the times I only scold it to the extent that it corrects itself next shot. Sometimes it cries then I have to you know take a moment to calm it down, reassure it that its my best racquet (totaly a lie most of the time but it doesn't know that - racquets arent known to be too social with thier species) and once it believes me I start playing well again. Most of the time though I just offer words of encouragement and like "Why did you do that? Next time do this" so you know I am pretty good like that I think. I make sure my racquet has a positive outlook all the time.
On the other hand I also talk to my racquet when I do something good or something amazing. I give it one of those "Dude you totally rock!" glances and it smiles back and then continues to pull off amazing shots with the same content smug smile on its face.
It works well for me. Thats what I do in matches. In practice or when it doesn't matter I don't mind occassionally going "YES!" or "D*M*T" or "COME ON!" sometimes. I never do that in a match, I try to keep as much of a 'yeah that happened. period" face as possible. I talk discretely to my racquet while I am rearranging its strings so it minimizes the glances I get from others.


What might this stand for???   :)

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« Reply #8 on: March 04, 2007, 07:23:38 PM »
Dammit, or in sophisticated terms, "Damn it".

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« Reply #9 on: March 05, 2007, 06:10:46 AM »
I think we've all pulled a Vaidisova every once in a while...


It's interesting for me b/c I'm actually a very mild-mannered person...like I don't really get worked up over anything... But I find that I am very extraverted on the tennis court... I mean, it's like my alter-ego (monster) breaks free from inside of me during a match. I hardly ever swear at all but when I get on the court (and sometimes online) I find that I have a nasty mouth....

And I am similar to pawan89's explanation, only thing is that I say horrible things to my racquet like "you f--king retard!!" or "what the f--k was that?!" or "Why you tryin me right now!?!".... and then when it does something good, I say like "thank-you!! I'm sorry I said that.lol"....

After matches when I'm looking back on how I behaved, it's quite scary... I was always wondering why people weren't the most social around me when I'm around the courts.lol
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« Reply #10 on: March 05, 2007, 07:37:59 AM »
Scott and Buckeye giving tips on composure???  Now THAT’s funny!   :))  (sorry fellows, I couldn’t let that one go)
I was at this casino minding my own business, and this guy came up to me and said, "You're gonna have to move, you're blocking a fire exit." As though if there was a fire, I wasn't gonna run. If you're flammible and have legs, you are never blocking a fire exit.  - Mitch Hedberg

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« Reply #11 on: March 05, 2007, 09:18:37 AM »
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Scott and Buckeye giving tips on composure???  Now THAT’s funny!   :))  (sorry fellows, I couldn’t let that one go)



Who ever said practicing what you preach is easy!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!!?????    ..-)

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« Reply #12 on: March 05, 2007, 11:04:48 AM »
I used to have a serious problem with anger management on the court: it was like I had two parts of the brain, one that was playing tennis and the other was criticising the first one. Then again, I was only about 12 by the time I sorted it, so I had an excuse: at any under 10 tennis tournament, there's going to be a couple of kids screaming, maybe one crying, a few breaking rackets, and then there's the winner.

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« Reply #13 on: March 05, 2007, 11:19:53 AM »
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I used to have a serious problem with anger management on the court: it was like I had two parts of the brain, one that was playing tennis and the other was criticising the first one. Then again, I was only about 12 by the time I sorted it, so I had an excuse: at any under 10 tennis tournament, there's going to be a couple of kids screaming, maybe one crying, a few breaking rackets, and then there's the winner.



I think this is the major theme in the book "The Inner Game of Tennis"...........have you read it????

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« Reply #14 on: March 06, 2007, 06:07:55 AM »
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I used to have a serious problem with anger management on the court: it was like I had two parts of the brain, one that was playing tennis and the other was criticising the first one. Then again, I was only about 12 by the time I sorted it, so I had an excuse: at any under 10 tennis tournament, there's going to be a couple of kids screaming, maybe one crying, a few breaking rackets, and then there's the winner.



I think this is the major theme in the book "The Inner Game of Tennis"...........have you read it????


i was just about to say that!!! that book changed my tennis life... and parts of my real life as well.
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« Reply #15 on: March 06, 2007, 01:25:47 PM »
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I used to have a serious problem with anger management on the court: it was like I had two parts of the brain, one that was playing tennis and the other was criticising the first one. Then again, I was only about 12 by the time I sorted it, so I had an excuse: at any under 10 tennis tournament, there's going to be a couple of kids screaming, maybe one crying, a few breaking rackets, and then there's the winner.



I think this is the major theme in the book "The Inner Game of Tennis"...........have you read it????


i was just about to say that!!! that book changed my tennis life... and parts of my real life as well.



It is indeed one of my favorite all time books!   :uh:

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« Reply #16 on: March 06, 2007, 03:04:59 PM »
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I used to have a serious problem with anger management on the court: it was like I had two parts of the brain, one that was playing tennis and the other was criticising the first one. Then again, I was only about 12 by the time I sorted it, so I had an excuse: at any under 10 tennis tournament, there's going to be a couple of kids screaming, maybe one crying, a few breaking rackets, and then there's the winner.



I think this is the major theme in the book "The Inner Game of Tennis"...........have you read it????


i was just about to say that!!! that book changed my tennis life... and parts of my real life as well.



It is indeed one of my favorite all time books!   :uh:


Over a coloring book?   :-o
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« Reply #17 on: March 06, 2007, 03:09:24 PM »
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Quote from: "OSU Buckeye"
Quote from: "wilsonboy"
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I used to have a serious problem with anger management on the court: it was like I had two parts of the brain, one that was playing tennis and the other was criticising the first one. Then again, I was only about 12 by the time I sorted it, so I had an excuse: at any under 10 tennis tournament, there's going to be a couple of kids screaming, maybe one crying, a few breaking rackets, and then there's the winner.



I think this is the major theme in the book "The Inner Game of Tennis"...........have you read it????


i was just about to say that!!! that book changed my tennis life... and parts of my real life as well.



It is indeed one of my favorite all time books!   :uh:


Over a coloring book?   :-o


I did say "one of my favorites".........you of course have to leave room at the top for the coloring books!    :uh:

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« Reply #18 on: March 06, 2007, 06:17:46 PM »
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When I do something wrong, I scold my racquet. And most of the times I only scold it to the extent that it corrects itself next shot. Sometimes it cries then I have to you know take a moment to calm it down, reassure it that its my best racquet (totaly a lie most of the time but it doesn't know that - racquets arent known to be too social with thier species) and once it believes me I start playing well again. Most of the time though I just offer words of encouragement and like "Why did you do that? Next time do this" so you know I am pretty good like that I think. I make sure my racquet has a positive outlook all the time.
On the other hand I also talk to my racquet when I do something good or something amazing. I give it one of those "Dude you totally rock!" glances and it smiles back and then continues to pull off amazing shots with the same content smug smile on its face.
It works well for me. Thats what I do in matches. In practice or when it doesn't matter I don't mind occassionally going "YES!" or "D*M*T" or "COME ON!" sometimes. I never do that in a match, I try to keep as much of a 'yeah that happened. period" face as possible. I talk discretely to my racquet while I am rearranging its strings so it minimizes the glances I get from others.

You do know about the 25 second rule???? How long does it usually take you to get to the next point?  :)~

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« Reply #19 on: March 06, 2007, 06:19:01 PM »
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Quote from: "OSU Buckeye"
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I used to have a serious problem with anger management on the court: it was like I had two parts of the brain, one that was playing tennis and the other was criticising the first one. Then again, I was only about 12 by the time I sorted it, so I had an excuse: at any under 10 tennis tournament, there's going to be a couple of kids screaming, maybe one crying, a few breaking rackets, and then there's the winner.



I think this is the major theme in the book "The Inner Game of Tennis"...........have you read it????


i was just about to say that!!! that book changed my tennis life... and parts of my real life as well.



It is indeed one of my favorite all time books!   :uh:


Over a coloring book?   :-o

Or a comic book. I'll take a Spiderman book over a coloring book any day!

Is a tree as a rocking horse
An ambition fulfilled
And is the sawdust jealous?
I worry about these things .

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